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John Adams on Politics and Art

This is a great quote by John Adams. It addresses the inter-generational obligation that the founders felt, and that I would argue animates the tea party movement as well.  We must take the initiative in our own communities now, that our children may have the liberty to pursue their right to happiness in the future.

John Adams
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“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

For Adams, the arts and entertainment were downstream from politics.  For us, the opposite is true, politics is downstream of pop-culture.

We must find ways to take the cultural initiative in the future, our our war for liberty will surely be lost.


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