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Would the revolutionary founding fathers of the United States have issued hidden information to all Americans (and the world) about the corruption of King George if they'd had the chance?

Asked by Ivy (2479points) December 1st, 2010

Would the founding fathers have done it differently than Julian Assange and his colleagues if they’d had today’s technology?

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tedd's avatar

I don’t think the two groups are really comparable by any means. Not saying one way or another that I agree or disagree of Mr. Assange and his actions…. but somehow I fail to see the similarities between a “Crusading Journalist” and a group of Revolutionaries.

lillycoyote's avatar

Most of the Declaration of Independence is basically a catalogue of the corruptions and oppressions of the King. They really couldn’t hide it. A lot of ordinary colonists had already experienced some, many of those oppressions and corruptions. They wouldn’t have been able to muster up much of a force to fight a war for independence if most colonists were happy under British rule. And @tedd is right. They’re not really comparable circumstances, I don’t think.

mrlaconic's avatar

I agree with @lillycoyote the information wasn’t really hidden. One reason for the revolution was central banking and they made it clear that we shouldn’t get involved with that..we obviously didn’t listen

In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began, as the American colonies sought to detach from England, and it’s oppressive monarchy. Although many reasons are cited for the revolution, one in particular sticks out as the prime cause: that King George III in England outlawed the interest free independent currency the colonies were producing and using for themselves, in turn forcing them to borrow money from the Central Bank of England at interest, immediately putting the colonies into debt. And as Benjamin Franklin later wrote:

“The refusal of King George III to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the revolution.”

WestRiverrat's avatar

Actually, the colonists didn’t want to split from the British empire initially. If they would have felt King George III and the parliament were treating their concerns seriously, they would have stayed and tried to work out their differences.

Once the Crown made it clear there would be no clemency for the fighting that had already ensued, there was nothing to lose by breaking with the British and declaring independance.

But the founding fathers did not hide their grievances with the Crown, so there were no real secrets to disclose.

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