“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” — Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man
Consider me relieved that the flag waving and fireworks of the Fourth of July are behind us. As a scholar who appreciates irony, I can’t help but notice that lost within our celebrations each year is the fact that leading voices in our fight for independence cautioned against this very same patriotic myopia.
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