Mitchell Heisman's suicide note, evolution of liberal democracy

Best viewed at decades zoom - p 19 Stated briefly, a longterm consequence of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 was a nepotistic “class” system imposed over the defeated Anglo-Saxons. Yet, as Thomas Jefferson put it, “although this constitution was violated and set at naught by Norman force, yet force cannot change right. A perpetual claim was kept up by the nation” for “a restoration of their Saxon laws.”1 This ongoing kinship-ethnic conflict broke out most radically as the English Civil War (1642-1651), the American War for Independence (1775-83), and the American Civil War (1861-65). Liberal democracy in the English-speaking world originated, in part, through the evolution of this tribal struggle.

Main

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1066
1629 - 1640
1642 - 1651
1688 - 1689
1775 - 1783
1861 - 1865

Theme

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1066 - 1651
1066 - 1075
1066 - 1266
1154 - 1216
1775 - 1861
1865 - 2013

Plan A: Revolt

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January 28 1069
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1075

Plan B: Revolution - England

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1086
1130
1135 - 1154
1154 - 1189
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1157
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1199 - 1216
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1215
1265
1272 - 1307
1290
1629 - 1640
1649

Plan B: Revolution - U.S.

Outside of England & U.S.

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1274 - 1329
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Other

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