“John Wilkes’ core message – that the government is accountable to the people and not vice versa – grows fainter with every passing year. Throughout the Anglosphere, our faith in the Benevolent State causes us to put ever more power in government’s hands, just as Alexis de Tocqueville predicted we would.
“While the spirit of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 may never again burn as brightly as it did in the eighteenth century, it is with the hope that it may not be extinguished entirely that the John Wilkes Club will plough its lonely furrow.”
Hopefully better than what a Mississippi Brigade soldier at Gettysburg, sheltering in a farmer’s furrow from a Union artillery barrage, discovered. Said he, “Damn a man who won’t plow deeper than this!”
Englishman Wilkes, in case you don’t know, was one of the fathers of a free press and civil liberties and, not incidentally, a popular inspiration for those who fomented the American Revolution.