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Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course

In the beginning, soon after the US constitution was adopted, politics were pretty non-existent. George Washington was elected president with no opposition, everything was new and exciting, and everyone just got along. For several months. Then the contentious debate about the nature of the United States began, and it continues to this day.

Washington and his lackey/handler Alexander Hamilton pursued an elitist program of federalism. They attempted to strengthen the central government, create a strong nation-state, and leave less of the governance to the states, They wanted to create debt, encourage manufacturing, and really modernize the new nation.

The opposition, creatively known as the anti-federalists, wanted to build some kind of agrarian pseudo-paradise where every (white) man could have his own farm, and live a free, self-reliant life. The founding father who epitomized this view was Thomas Jefferson. By the time Adams became president, the anti-federalists had gotten the memo about how alienating a name like anti-federalist can be. It's so much more appealing to voters if your party is for something rather than being defined by what you're against, you know? In any case, Jefferson and his acolytes changed their name to the Democratic-Republican Party, which covered a lot of bases, and proceeded to protest nearly everything Adams did.

Lest you think this week is all boring politics,you'll be thrilled to hear this episode has a Whiskey Rebellion, a Quasi-War, anti-French sentiment, some controversial treaties, and something called the XYZ Affair, which sounds very exciting.


Top 80 Best Short Atheist Quotes

A collection of great quotes from people such as Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire, Richard Dawkins, and Gandhi. Some other famous quotes (on the same subject):

Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong. (Christopher Hitchens)

I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue. (Bertrand Russell)

You are a good person because you fear damnation. I am a good person without obligation. (Guillermo Garcia)

Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right. (Mencken)

It is wrong always and everywhere for anyone to believe anything on insufficient evidence. (William Clifford)

I used to believe in God, until I reached the age of reason. (George Carlin)

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank. (Woody Allen)

Our god is vengeful! Oh spiteful one, show me who to smite and they shall be smoten. (Homer Simpson)

Dear lord: I present you this offering of cookies and milk. If you want me to eat them for you, give me no sign. Thy will be done. (Homer Simpson)

Blasphemy is a victimless crime. (Unknown)

God is dead! (Friedrich Nietzsche)