and yet these same writers and thinkers left open the possibility of a strong central government which could provide the glue for a disparate set of independent states which could actually provide services citizens wanted, which would fulfill their contractual obligation.

we would not be here today if not for compromises made in hope that those who rejected the concept would some day be persuaded a democratic government would be a good thing worth the sacrifices made by those who believed.
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ignorance is the enemy
without equality there is no liberty