“America treats its bold revolution as a reliquary”

The Fable of Founder Certainty “is just that: a fable. In fact, the American founders were uncertain about many things. They were uncertain about politics, nature, society, economics, human beings and happiness. … The American revolutionaries wondered; they did not know. … The revolutionaries liked to ponder uncertainty, to live in the freeing moments it creates. They realised that the act of thinking about important matters – what kind of government they should have, what kind of society they want to live in – has inherent value.”