(People's World) -- Nine years ago we published a still-relevant editorial about the Fourth of July. It was titled "Toward a third revolution."
What we said then bears repeating:
"The American Revolution, which July 4 celebrates, freed the American colonies from the yoke of the British king and empire. It established the beginnings of a democratic republic, which enshrined the rights of individuals and the idea that "the people," not kings nor queens, not churches nor religious leaders, would govern. With all its shortcomings - keeping slavery intact, stealing Native Americans' land, restricting the voting franchise to property-owning white men - it nevertheless represented a leap forward for humanity, and inspired millions.
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