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June 29, 2010

Secession As Startup: Providing Examples & Competition

America did not merely secede and copy the governing documents or style of the United Kingdom.  

Rather, it innovated, creating a system based on the English Common Law, yet different, one with explicit checks and balances to restrain government, and with no place for a monarch.  It was an experiment with a more radical form of democracy than existed anywhere in the 18th-century world. And it was an incredibly successful experiment, as the combination of that innovative rule-set and the empty frontier resulted in America growing rapidly in population, wealth, and influence.  During the open immigration periods of the 19th century, some years saw over a million new immigrants arrive "yearning to breathe free."  As a result, the new American state had influence far beyond its shores. -- « Let A Thousand Nations Bloom

Posted by Vanderleun at June 29, 2010 10:58 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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