Government schools entered the American scene because of a deadly combination of religion and
politics; neither could have sufficed on its own. What does the story tell us about democracy?
The idea that "people rule" is yet
another government myth. In not one of the stages of this story - the Calvinist precedent setting, the
Unitarian politicking, the xenophobic coup de grace, were "the people" even consulted, let alone
allowed to implement a majority view - and even if they had, a majority view still violates the self-ownership
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set out expressly to re-shape human nature. That is directly opposed even to the myth, that "the will of
the people" is to be carried out! Democracy is therefore just one more way to over-rule individual
Once a framework of rule is
established (a government structure) decisions will get made by those who, like Mann, work hardest
to manipulate that system.
All of the above.
None of the above; the story proves
that democracy needed then and needs now to be implemented properly, so that decisions are truly made by
all the people instead of by special-interest factions trying to cheat the system.