By, Chris Rossini
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Those individuals who seek to centralize power are all cut from the same cloth.
Whether it's modern day Europeans, who are feverishly searching for a way to create a "United States of Europe", or even the modern day U.S. which (at all times and everywhere) seeks to expand its Empire...centralizers all operate on the same wave length.
Their weapon? A story that sticks.
It doesn't have to be true. In fact, truth is usually nowhere to be found.
It just has to stick:
Things were no different after The American Revolution. The ink was barely dry on the peace treaty between England and the 13 independent American states, when the centralizers began their hunt for a story.
Numerous attempts were made to get the states together to consolidate power, but nothing stuck. However, much like today, the centralizers were patient. They would remain alert for their opportunity.
In 1786 (remember...only a measly 3 years after the peace treaty) a rebellion in western Massachusetts took place.
Unless you're running some kind of Mickey Mouse operation, you better be able to capitalize on a rebellion!
And they did.
What became known as Shay's Rebellion set the stage for the very secretive and mischievous Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
It wasn't supposed to be a Constitutional Convention to consolidate power...It was only supposed to be a meeting to possibly amend the Articles of Confederation. But the wind that the centralizers had at their backs was too strong to stop.
Shay's Rebellion is a key part of the American Story. Who better than Tom Woods to give the version that the U.S. Department of Education has kept from you?
Woods speaks truth about the story that stuck in 1786, and got the momentum going toward what would become the world's biggest empire: