For history buffs, this is a great read and a necessary repost. Thanks Marilyn!
SERENDIPITY: SEEKING INTELLIGENT LIFE ON EARTH
Today is Patriot’s Day. Here in Massachusetts, this day commemorates — and re-enacts — the battles of Lexington and Concord and the beginning of our Revolutionary War. And we have a marathon too … in Boston.
But this post is about the other revolution — the American Industrial Revolution — which took place around the same time … and had perhaps even more profound effects on our world.
America: Born Bankrupt
America was born bankrupt. We won the revolution, but lost everything else. Our economy was dependent on Great Britain. We produced raw material, but Great Britain turned those materials into goods for the world’s markets.
Not merely did we depend on the British to supply us with finished goods we could not produce ourselves, we depended on British banks, British shipping, and British trade routes.
Everything has a price and we had no money. We had hoped we could reach an agreement with England…
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