Slave Rebellion in St. Domingue

The Haitian Revolution is the only successful slave rebellion in the Americas. This outline and the next analyze the only case of slaves rising up, taking power, and creating an independent nation. We begin with an overview of the rise of Saint Domingue as the classic example of the sugar and slave plantation complex in …

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Colonial Empires on the Eve of Revolution

Between 1492 and 1750, European powers invaded and conquered much of the Americas. The Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English had carved out large colonial empires from the Arctic to Patagonia, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This article surveys those colonial empires, their dimensions, and key characteristics in 1750. In the century and a half …

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The Problem with Plato

Our modern society would have you convinced that we owe a great deal to the likes of Plato and Aristotle. School books are filled with praise for these so called “lovers of wisdom”. We are all too familiar with Plato, but how many of us are familiar with the teachings of Democritus? How many of …

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Understanding Money – Part 2: Making Slaves

In the previous blog article, we discussed how money is created in the form of debt. As crazy as that sounds, it is only half the story. Aside from controlling the money supply [inflation], the Federal Reserve also controls the interest rates. The Federal Reserve does not simply supply a government's economy with money, it …

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