In 1776 and the years preceding and following the Declaration of Independence, America’s founding fathers wrested with the notion of how to put together a form of government that would restrain — by a fair set of laws — the human impulse to seek and gain personal advantage that was unfair to society at large. This nature-induced impulse of personal aggression, being part of the human defense mechanism, has been ravaging humankind forever — powering rape, murder, war and ruthless subjugation.

Yes, with slavery right under their noses — whose ways must inevitable somehow be fit into their noble pursuit…

James M. Ridgway, Jr.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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