Indie author & Freelance writer. I eat deficit hawks & doves for breakfast.
Voltaire is maybe for free thinking but he defends at the same time that the State has the right to impose its point of view to everyone and "yet" be tolerant for free thinking in the private sphere.The American experiment was lame from the very start because of the tolerance it accepted for slavery (Washington himself had hundred of slaves when he was the President of the US). And that led to the Civil War and then segregation, discrimination, Jim Crow and Uncle Tom and a few other horrors Like Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome. And the Tea Party is direct heritage or even inheritance from that original sin of slavery.
Indeed. I believe George Carlin said it best. The US was founded on double-standards. Founded by a group of slave owners who wanted to be free. These people insisted that all men are created equal, except for niggers, indians, and women. And so much they believed in this "equality" that they enshrined into law that only their class be allowed to vote. I find it incredibly ironic that today's confederates actually believe their state had maverick views; that they were the good guys fighting tyranny to protect freedom. It's fucked up, and the regressive left (the political correctness police & the SJWs) is obsessed with censoring language, history, and pluralism. I agree with Noam Chomsky when he stated that he's not a liberal (in the contemporary meaning of the word). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl-cKN7qcd4