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The never realized republic : political economy and republican virtue

by Peter Joseph O'Lalor

  Print book  |  2nd ed., revised

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A Synopsis by the author, Peter J. O'Lalor   (2010-01-31)


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The Never Realized Republic demonstrates European heritage and English Common-law as being the foundation of society in colonial America and then its subsequent republican society. It traces the duty and obligation of government from the Constitutions of Clarendon, and the Magna Carta, to the American Revolution, and the inception of America's federal republic and its Constitution.
Before the inception of America's federal republic, in 1788, the Revolutionary generation upheld a traditional republican heritage. This heritage was supported through education, religion, and rooted in the English common-law. The Federalists in the 1790's having rejected this ancient heritage pursued instead, expansion and domination of trade backed by an elite military

The book explains virtue, the desire to good, as a fundamental motivator and principle truth of the Revolutionary generation. It explains how Roman, classical and Christian virtue became politicized and it finally answers: What happened to America's federal government in the 1790's, that altered the vision of the Revolution and its generation?  

By aggrandizing the federal government, the Federalists, in the process, successfully discarded the republican heritage of the Revolutionary generation. James Madison, and others quickly distanced their selves from the political elite who were attempting to change the pristine republican regime. James Madison and many others believed that this new Federalist aristocracy, was deliberately promoting what was thought necessary to forestall.

Hamilton and the Federalists had successfully replaced the heritage of the Duty of the Sovereign with the Right of the Sovereign. The Federalists, in the 1790's, seized control of the economy by interpreting the federal Constitution as an economic document and a means to power rather fulfilling the promise of the Constitution’s preamble; the consequence of the struggle for individual liberty, freedom, and social progress.

This book has precise historicity and an exceptional historiography. The Never Realized Republic, explains why as well as how, Hamilton and the Federalists were contrary to the goals and aims of the American Revolution, its generation, and ultimately the cause of the Republic never being realized and the contradictions that confront Americans today.

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