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Author's Preface
Part 1: Intellectual Assassination
Part 2: The Real Meaning of Created Equal
Part 3: Freedom Equals Opportunity
Author's Afterward: The Unbounded

Jefferson's Glory
A Vindication of "Created Equal"

Written April 3, 1998
Revised June 2001


Afterward: The Unbounded

     If the Counter-Revolution continues, we will lose the American Nation. Although small consolation, we would be certain, standing in the rubble, that it was not Revolutionary ideas that doomed us -- they were jettisoned long before. No, we would only have proved the power and truth of the Foundation Principle by the falsification of its converse. Reality is quite as vengeful and destructive in the face of attempted contradiction as it is magnificent, munificent and enlightening when affirmed and honored.

     Miss Rand has made the insightful remark that a zero cannot hold a mortgage on a value. Intellectuals such as Joseph Ellis, having qualified as the first, locked out of the market, seem determined with a resentful huff to apply their flattening philosophies with such efficiency that value itself goes to zero, having long witnessed and assisted innumerable other mortgagees, likewise bankrupt, already in situ. Mopping up work, apparently. I leave him to his drudgery.

     Thomas Jefferson had it right. He knew what he was saying, he meant it, it is true as it stands. He and his fellows asserted the sovereignty of the individual and its requirement for freedom with every breath. This was a living, burning reality, firing their minds, keeping them aware that they had in their grasp the answer to the misery of ages. How boundless must the future have presented itself to their imaginations. How the knowledge that reason had brought them to utter certainty of man's nature and what it required must have stirred the emotions. Imagine the joy, aware that history behind was misery, servitude and death, that they had stood at the foundation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Pasadena, California
United States Of America
July 1, 2001

For further ideas and deeper insight into the matters concerning reason, objective reality, individualists, Revolutionaries and the rights of man, please see the works of philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand, whom the author of this essay salutes with a simple nod of the head and deep gratitude.



Author's Preface
Part 1: Intellectual Assassination
Part 2: The Real Meaning of Created Equal
Part 3: Freedom Equals Opportunity
Author's Afterward: The Unbounded

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