"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."
It was the rise of the nation-state, and then the rise of the democratic nation-state, that finally put a stake through the heart of feudalism. Now, in a world where international banks attack vulnerable democracies with austerity plans in the name of protecting the fabulously wealthy from taxation, and industries chase all over the globe in search of the most thoroughly exploitable labour and resources, perhaps it's time to consider rebooting this system.
Quote: "Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people."
Now, raise your hand if you voted for your WTO delegate... As I thought. The time has long passed for the false dichotomy of unfettered trade versus isolationism. While Patriotism, like religion, ideology and national security, has been used as a tool to keep armed peasants humping themselves and their gear toward the front lines, a modicum of nationalism is precisely what we need. The road to this fresh new hell is paved with good intentions... (end)