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Aesop, Slavery and Usurpation ~ Juneteenth 2014 on the Bryan William Brickner Blog

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“Juneteenth is part of our heritage,” opened political scientist Bryan W. Brickner, “just as slavery and usurpation are part of civilization.”

The Bryan William Brickner Blog is hosting the summer series War Cry Heal Union (WCHU). Brickner is the author of several political theory books, to include Article the First of the Bill of Rights (2006) and The Book of the Is (2013). The summer series from Ew Publishing honors the known and unknown sacrifices of citizenship; June 19th 1865 was the day the last slaves in the United States learned they were free. In the first of the WCHU series, Aesop, Slavery and Usurpation ~ Juneteenth 2014, the focus is the visceral role of slavery in civilization.

“The civilization story,” noted Brickner, “always begins with the same premise: things were once bad and people (tribes, clans, and nations) changed it and called it good. Yet within the story of civilization, providing a visceral and vital role, is the slave. Essentially, civilization was designed by many and built by slaves.”

“Slavery is usurpation and usurpation is slavery,” continued Brickner: “A citizen without rights is like a slave; both share the lack of power (agency) to appeal to a higher law ~ a written constitution.”

“On April 9th, Usurpation Day 2014,” followed Brickner, “we noted that slavery was the shadow of usurpation (rights taken without right) and can’t be dismissed from America’s history – its role was fundamental.”

“As part of the fable known as the United States of America,” closed Brickner, “slavery has to be edited into the story ~ ours and the one we call civilization.”

Brickner has a 1997 political science doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of several political theory books, to include The Promise Keepers (1999), Article the first of the Bill of Rights (2006), and The Book of the Is (2013). The Bryan William Brickner blog is a collection of published works and press coverage and an ongoing resource for the political science of constitutions and the biological science of cannabinoids.

The War Cry Heal Union series continues on 27 June with the 150th anniversary of Cheatham’s Hill and the Unrepresented (27 June 1864).