John Adams\' Rhetorical Question

Excerpted from "Novanglus; or, A History of the Dispute with America, From its Origin, in 1754, to the Present Time", section 8 of The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams:

Now, let me ask you, if the Parliament of Great Britain had all the natural foundations of authority, wisdom, goodness, justice, power, in as great perfection as they ever existed in any body of men since Adam’s fall; and if the English nation was the most virtuous, pure, and free that ever was; would not such an unlimited subjection of three millions of people to that parliament, at three thousand miles distance, be real slavery? There are but two sorts of men in the world, freemen and slaves. The very definition of a freeman is one who is bound by no law to which he has not consented. Americans would have no way of giving or withholding their consent to the acts of this parliament, therefore they would not be freemen. But when
luxury, effeminacy, and venality are arrived at such a shocking pitch in England; when both electors and elected are become one mass of corruption; when the nation is oppressed to death with debts and taxes, owing to their own extravagance and want of wisdom, what would be your condition under such an absolute subjection to parliament? You would not only be slaves, but the most abject sort of slaves, to the worst sort of masters! at least this is my opinion.
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It is good that our country

It is good that our country had such as Adams and Tom Paine. At least that way we can work to live up to their examples.

Have fun! :)

Have fun! :)

bye guys- I'll be in

bye guys- I'll be in Nicoragua for two months. I'll get back to annoying you guys when I'm stateside again. It's been a pleasure!


Then by his own definition

Then by his own definition Adams became chief slavemaster of America.