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Various political persuasions

Henry Thoreau was not deluded, and had a realistic view of what was happening:

. . . when a sixth of the population of a nation which has to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact, that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army.

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)

And it is difficult to read the literature of young America without being struck by how antithetical it is to our modern rendition of the American Dream. How pronounced in it is the absence of that term's elusive mixture of hope, realism, materialism, and promise. For a people who made much of the `newness' - their potential, freedom, and innocence - it is striking how dour, how troubled, how frightened and haunted our early and founding literature truly is.

Toni Morrison, Playing in the dark: Whiteness and the literary imagination (1992)

This is a totally unorganized list of pointers to sites of various political persuations - I agree with the ideas and opinions expressed on some of these sites and not with others, but believe all these sites offer something. In addition, remember that it is more important to read those with whom you do not agree than it is to read those with whom you agree. Know the opposition.

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WEPIN store: http://www.wepin.com/articles/afp/
The WEPIN Store is a unique Freedom Technology resource on the World Wide Web providing services for Sovereign Individuals. This particular link is to a page which lists their selection of Anti-Federalist papers from c1780 onwards. These papers often show the triviality, pettiness, and inhumanity of arguments about the proposed US constitution.
World Socialist Web Site: http://www.wsws.org/
The World Socialist Web Site is the Internet center of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). It provides analysis of major world events, comments on political, cultural, historical and philosophical issues, and valuable documents and studies from the heritage of the socialist movement. I like it.
CATO Institute: http://CATO.org/
The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government. In essence, we should fear big government but, however, we should adore big business.
Alternet: http://alternet.org/
AlterNet.org is a project of the Independent Media Institute: AlterNet's online magazine provides a mix of news, opinion and investigative journalism on subjects ranging from the environment, the drug war, technology and cultural trends to policy debate, sexual politics and health issues. The AlterNet article database includes more than 7,000 stories from over 200 sources. This site has a very interesting mix of sources.
Federalist: http://federalist.com/
The Federalist is the Internet's Journal of Record for the conservative revolution inspired by Ronald Reagan, a revolution waged by the American people against the prospect of a tyrannical government which threatens the very liberty that gave it rise. The Federalist is an instrument for the dissemination of current and historic conservative thought for the plurality of Americans who uphold the most basic tenet of our Republic, '... that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' This site provides a very intriguing, if unreal, perspective on US society. (For a different perspective, see Ronald Reagan's view of America.)

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