John Adams (1735 -1826) was an American Founding Father, and the second president of the United States (1797 -1801). Read the wiki page on Adams.
One marvels at all the natural wealth that the US has — immense land area, minerals, rivers, forests. You name it, the US has it all. But all that natural wealth pales in comparison to the wealth it had in the character of its founders. They were extraordinarily learned, wise, thoughtful and prudent. Given this sort of advantage, it is not at all surprising that the US became the richest and the most successful nation in the world.
The leaders that a nation gets is ultimately a random draw. The US was extraordinarily lucky. It would have drawn a Stalin, or a Lenin, or a Mao, or a Gandhi, or a Nehru. Had the US been unlucky like Russia, China or India, no amount of natural wealth would have saved the US from perdition. The US was born lucky.
One of the defining characteristics of the Founding Fathers was their distrust of democracy. They were very fearful of the evils of mob rule. Not just democracy, they were distrustful of government itself. They debated long and hard about mechanisms to put constraints on government. The US Constitution does precisely that. Freedom cannot be guaranteed without restraints on government.
India has had many visionary people. Given the hundreds of millions of Indians, how could it not? But sadly for us, none of them rose to the rank of a national leader. The random draw of leaders threw up — how shall I put it nicely — retards like Gandhi and reprobates like Nehru. Modern India was born unlucky.
Anyhow, here’s a couple of quotes that I like. The first is from Benjamin Franklin (1706 -1790). He is known as “the First American.” About him wiki says:
Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia’s first fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.
And now the Franklin quote.
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
The second quote is from John Adams.
“I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either. … Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.”
C’est la vie. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.