September 15, 2016

Today in History: Constitutionalist revolution erupts in Portugal (1820)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

September 15th is the anniversary of the 1820 Constitutionalist revolution in Portugal but, if you’re having trouble remembering the details, don’t worry. They don’t matter.

They don’t matter because all the revolution, the counterrevolution and a bewildering series of coups and paper constitutions and dictatorship did subsequently was confirm Chamfort’s maxim that “Only the history of free peoples merits our attention; that of men under despotisms is simply a collection of anecdotes.”

So if you’re lucky enough to live in a free country, hold tight to your heritage. Don’t let it slip away leaving you nothing but grim anecdotes.

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commented 2016-09-17 18:04:01 -0400
If we want to Stay Free—- what should we work harder at ?
commented 2016-09-15 23:16:35 -0400
We already are Free …Leviticus …. at least we used to be.
Are you saying that we have to work harder ,at something or other, if we want to stay Free ?
commented 2016-09-15 23:16:35 -0400
We already are Free …Leviticus …. at least we used to be.
Are you saying that we have to work harder ,at something or other, if we want to stay Free ?
commented 2016-09-15 22:27:46 -0400
Wanna be free..??
Work for it..
commented 2016-09-15 20:43:26 -0400
John Robson

Appreciate your efforts to teach some of us less informed pupils. I always did like history but was a terrible overall student. Would it be possible to provide some history on Canada, especially PE Trudeau, maybe Lester Pearson or any of the others who helped bring us to this disastrous point in time. I am very interested in juicy tidbits like good old Sir John A MacDonald was a slave owner as was George Washington and some of his colleagues. I am currently reading a book called The Irish Slaves by Rhetta Akamatsu. It was a real eye popper for me to know my ancestors were slaves and indentured servants in the US from the 17th to early 20th century and the brutal treatment they got from England and The Colonies such as in the West Indies. Oh yeah, the muslims even raided Ireland (The Sack of Baltimore in 1631) to beef up their slave trade.
commented 2016-09-15 20:34:12 -0400
How does a Historian give advice to people ? You advise them with historical facts . History repeats itself. Do you pick a side ? Or are you just being Historically scientific — based on a coupla thousand years of facts. You don’t pick a side—-you are a Historical Scientist. Good. Then you should not have a problem— extrapolating each side —-using your knowledge of History. This would be Really interesting. I have no doubt that you can predict the Future of the West.
commented 2016-09-15 20:12:54 -0400
What are we supposed to do ? —John Robson. All I see is our so-called, Leaders ,apologizing— for our Heritage. Hold tight- You say—- I am very proud of my White Christian ancestors . Did I just say something that was Racist?
commented 2016-09-15 20:12:54 -0400
What are we supposed to do ? —John Robson. All I see is our so-called, Leaders ,apologizing— for our Heritage. Hold tight- You say—- I am very proud of my White Christian ancestors . Did I just say something that was Racist?
commented 2016-09-15 19:50:43 -0400
Dr. Robinson is wrong. There are no such thing as freedoms and responsibilities of the Anglo-sphere as Canadian values. Baby Doc has proclaimed so and he is a failed drama teacher who happens to be Papa Doc’s son, so knows more than a history PhD.
commented 2016-09-15 19:30:20 -0400
Dr. Robson, I wouldn’t say that liberty is “slipping” away from us, but is slowly being taken away from us, in small bits and pieces slow enough that those taking it away hope we won’t notice.