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Prager on the man who invented America


Overnight the mid-term elections took place in the United States. It is predicted at the time of writing that the Democrats will take the House and the Republicans will maintain the Senate. It is the Senate that confirms judges, and in this endless talk of impeachment the Democrats would need two-thirds of the Senate to remove Trump upon any impeachment in the House. It is very unlikely they could secure anything close to that number.

Today we go back to the beginning and offer this Prager University video on Alexander Hamilton, ‘the man who invented America’.

This description is only a slight exaggeration. George Washington was the guiding star; Thomas Jefferson, the visionary, and Benjamin Franklin, the sage. Hamilton was the pragmatist, the man who got it done.

He had a tough childhood, losing his father and then his mother at an early age. He witnessed the brutality of the slave auctions which made him a fierce abolitionist his entire life.

The problem with Congress, in Hamilton’s view, was that too few members took the idea of nationhood seriously. They quarrelled over their narrow interests rather than uniting in the national interest.

Hamilton laid out the choice before the country in a widely read six-part essay. We could become a ‘noble and magnificent’ federal republic, he wrote, ‘closely linked in the pursuit of a common interest . . .’ or we could stumble ahead as a ‘number of petty states, with the appearance only of union . . .’

It was clear where Hamilton stood.

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