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New America Declaration

Posted on July 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

 

"The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation."  ~Woodrow Wilson

 



New America Declaration

Shervin Pishevar

July 4th, 2010


We believe that the founding fathers formed a firmament that divided the world between light and darkness. The Free were promised in prepetuity unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A government was established whose sole and sacred duty was to protect these rights from assault.  Over centuries the Nation was reborn; enduring a Civil War shedding the blood of brothers to universally guarantee such sacrosanct rights. Two World Wars were fought at a cost of millions of our sons to extend and protect such rights for citizens of other Nations.


Now a ceaseless, invisible and silent war has flung the founding fathers firmaments asunder; a perpetual wave has eroded the solid banks of the principles established by them. The Ship of State has run off course without a captain; aimlessly navigating the waters and stranding the sacred rights of its Citizens. No longer are Citizens of this Nation or the world guaranteed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A modern form of slavery has arisen that guarantees life for many without happiness and the misery of dreams deferred and unrealizable. The founding fathers greatest dream has turned into a nightmare of a Government now established that organizes its powers in such form as to most efficiently assail our safety and happiness.


Note: This is a work in progress. I want to hear feedback before I write the concluding section and call to actions. This was inspired by continuing conversations with my good friend Auren Hoffman about Start Up Nations and a dinner hosted by the amazing chef Michael Hebb by the Frank Lloyd Wrights Marden House at the home of AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey at Summit DC 2010. We were asked to reimagine the Declaration of Independence anew and this is the what I presented with final edits done today on the birthday of my amazing country America. America has always been to be the single greatest idea ever invented and one that we must constantly diligently protect, spread and give ever more energy and vigor to so that freedoms flame will burn anew for everyone here and everywhere. I was inspired by many at the dinner to begin sharing this with more people. I hope to receive comments that I can then finalize as a new declaration. There is much work for my generation to do and think we need new and organized collective efforts to reimagine America and the American idea. I plan on organizing a meetup around this very idea and invite anyone interested in participating to contact me.


"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."  ~Elmer Davis


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Reply Tadhg Kelly
3:25 PM on July 4, 2010 
Um, much as I like a lot of the other stuff that you share and tweet, I am forced to say "No" to this.

The reason is it's hyperbole. The history of the US is no more an idealistic story than of any other nation. The American Revolution was not JUST a story of liberation. The Civil War was not just a conflict over slavery. The World Wars were not solely conflicts against tyranny. And the government is not just one implacable face about one implacable business like the Empire from Star Wars.

I feel that it's important to acknowledge that American history, and its progress is complicated and nuanced rather than a grand narrative. Any sense of new declaration, new ideas and new directions must progress from such complex understanding.

I think the USA is an awesome place, but I also think that it's multi-faceted in its awesomeness. The role of the state, business, people and powerbrokers is an enormously complex one to discuss and in actuality does not break down easily into darkness vs light thinking.

Where we agree is in the provision of the ability for people to come and work. One of the negative things that has arisen both in Europe and the United States is an extension of the fear of immigration, and that at a time when economies, currencies and services are all globalising. We live in an international age, and yet people are unable to avail of that spirit by moving to other countries around the globe without excessive bureaucracy, jumping through hoops and passing skills tests.

Immigration remains the last bastion of negative protectionism, and drives poverty inequality, wars, population problems, pension crises and all sorts. The free movement of people (such as through Startup Visas) should be the primary democratic cause of the 21st century because we ALL deserve a chance at freedom, not just one country or another.
Reply Shervin
3:34 PM on July 4, 2010 
Tadhg,

Thanks for your feedback. very valuable. Please remember this is a work in progress so please keep an open mind and contribute any edits or ideas you think I should integrate.

Cheers,

Shervin



Tadhg Kelly says...
Um, much as I like a lot of the other stuff that you share and tweet, I am forced to say "No" to this.

The reason is it's hyperbole. The history of the US is no more an idealistic story than of any other nation. The American Revolution was not JUST a story of liberation. The Civil War was not just a conflict over slavery. The World Wars were not solely conflicts against tyranny. And the government is not just one implacable face about one implacable business like the Empire from Star Wars.

I feel that it's important to acknowledge that American history, and its progress is complicated and nuanced rather than a grand narrative. Any sense of new declaration, new ideas and new directions must progress from such complex understanding.

I think the USA is an awesome place, but I also think that it's multi-faceted in its awesomeness. The role of the state, business, people and powerbrokers is an enormously complex one to discuss and in actuality does not break down easily into darkness vs light thinking.

Where we agree is in the provision of the ability for people to come and work. One of the negative things that has arisen both in Europe and the United States is an extension of the fear of immigration, and that at a time when economies, currencies and services are all globalising. We live in an international age, and yet people are unable to avail of that spirit by moving to other countries around the globe without excessive bureaucracy, jumping through hoops and passing skills tests.

Immigration remains the last bastion of negative protectionism, and drives poverty inequality, wars, population problems, pension crises and all sorts. The free movement of people (such as through Startup Visas) should be the primary democratic cause of the 21st century because we ALL deserve a chance at freedom, not just one country or another.
Reply Christopher G
6:36 PM on July 4, 2010 
This is not a vital or necessary project. Just wankery thus far, sorry.

+1 to tadhg.
Reply shervin
4:44 AM on July 5, 2010 
Christopher,

Glad we live in a democracy where we can both express our opinions freely and passionately!

This is just a baby step. I hope the end result and actions will surprise you!

Cheers,

Shervin

Christopher G says...
This is not a vital or necessary project. Just wankery thus far, sorry.

+1 to tadhg.
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