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Author Topic: An old problem  (Read 159 times)

Jay

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An old problem
« on: January 14, 2016, 09:10 AM NHFT »

"How can a group of outcasts who have a habit of quarreling with authority construct a strong society without fighting amongst themselves?"

http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/wooda/149/5-winthrop.html
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Re: An old problem
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016, 12:29 PM NHFT »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Winthrop

"Between 1629 and his death in 1649, he served 19 annual terms as governor, and was a force of comparative moderation in the religiously conservative colony, clashing with the more conservative Thomas Dudley and the more liberal Roger Williams and Henry Vane. Although Winthrop was a respected political figure, his attitude toward governance was somewhat authoritarian: he resisted attempts to widen voting and other civil rights beyond a narrow class of religiously approved individuals, opposed attempts to codify a body of laws that the colonial magistrates would be bound by, and also opposed unconstrained democracy, calling it "the meanest and worst of all forms of government".[2] The authoritarian and religiously conservative nature of Massachusetts rule was influential in the formation of neighboring colonies, which were in some instances formed by individuals and groups opposed to the rule of the Massachusetts elders."

It will be interesting to see how this New Hampshire experiment turns out...
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