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America -- and Western Civilization As a Whole -- Was Founded On a Conspiracy Theory

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The Constitution, Magna Carta and Democracy Itself Are Based on the Idea that -- Without Checks and Balances -- Those In Power Will Take Advantage of Us


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America was founded on a conspiracy theory: that Britain's King George and his men were conspiring against the colonists.

The Declaration of Independence recites a series of conspiracies:

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"When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism ... The history of the present King of Great Britain [and others working with and for him] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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"He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

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"He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

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"He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

"He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

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"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

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"For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

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"For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province,establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

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