Cryptocurrency: A Principled Revolt Against Intolerable Invasion

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Sun Oct 2 15:51:20 PDT 2022

Shays' Rebellion

A violent insurrection in the Massachusetts
countryside during 1786 and 1787, Shays' Rebellion was brought about by a
monetary debt crisis at the end of the American Revolutionary War.
Although Massachusetts was the focal point of the crisis, other states
experienced similar economic hardships. In particular, Continental Army
and state militia veterans struggled, as many received little in the way
of pay or reimbursement for their military service. Among these
disgruntled former soldiers was the Continental Army Captain Daniel Shays,
who led a violent uprising against debt collection in Massachusetts. The
rebellion set the stage for George Washington's return to political life
and highlighted weaknesses inherent within the Articles of Confederation.
The United States emerged after Shays' Rebellion a stronger nation, with a
new Constitution and George Washington as its first President.

Following the Revolutionary War, merchants in Europe and America felt a
need to rein in the enormous debts they were owed, refusing further loans
while also demanding payment in cash for any future goods and services.
This demand for hard-currency caused a chain reaction, eventually placing
the average American borrower under unrealistic schedules of payment given
the small amount of cash in circulation. As rural farmers began to lose
land and property to debt collectors, hostile sentiments boiled over,
especially among those owed payment for military service. In September
1786, Henry Lee wrote to Washington that the restlessness was "not
confined to one state or to one part of a state," but rather affected "the
whole." Washington wrote to friends such as David Humphreys and Henry
Knox, conveying his alarm at the turn of events in the states, and in
response received reports that confirmed his fears.

Protests in western Massachusetts grew more tumultuous in August 1786
after the convening of the state legislature failed to address any of the
numerous petitions it had received concerning debt relief. Daniel Shays
quickly rose among the ranks of the dissidents, having participated in the
protest at Northampton courthouse in late August. Shays' followers called
themselves "Regulators," in reference to a reform movement in North
Carolina that occurred two decades earlier. After the state legislature
failed to address the group's petitions, Shays led organized protests at
county court hearings, effectively blocking the work of debt collectors.
In response to the growing crisis, Washington wrote desperately to
Humphreys, worried that "commotions of this sort, like snow-balls, gather
strength as they roll, if there is no opposition in the way to divide and
crumble them."

By December 1786, the conflict between eastern Massachusetts creditors and
western rural farmers escalated. Massachusetts Governor James Bowdoin
mobilized a force of 1,200 militiamen to counter Shays. The army was led
by former Continental Army General Benjamin Lincoln and funded by private
merchants. Lincoln's forces anticipated that the Regulators would storm
the federal armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, and were waiting when
Shays approached the armory with approximately 1,500 men on January 25,
1787. The army fired warning shots followed by artillery fire, killing
four of the insurgents and wounding twenty. The rebel force quickly
faltered and scattered into the countryside. Many participants were later
captured and most men, including Shays, eventually received amnesty as
part of a general pardon.

In February 1787, once Shays' Rebellion had been quelled, Knox reported to
Washington on Lincoln's successful operations. Washington replied to Knox
that "On the prospect of the happy termination of this insurrection I
sincerely congratulate you; hoping that good may result from the cloud of
evils which threatened, not only the hemisphere of Massachusetts but by
spreading its baneful influence, the tranquility of the Union." The
rebellion called into serious question the state of the country's finances
and the viability of the weak national government under the Articles of
Confederation. Shays' Rebellion accelerated calls to reform the Articles,
eventually resulting in the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. The
Convention elected Washington as its president and ultimately produced the
Constitution of the United States. Thus, in no small way, Shays' Rebellion
contributed to Washington's return to public life and the creation of a
strong federal government more capable of addressing the pressing economic
and political needs of a new nation.

shays rebellion it started as a simple tax revolt (propaganda called
it a rebellion) made up of a bunch of "farmers" who faught in the
revolution. Eventually the tension escalated since nothing was being
done to stop the overbearing taxes.

Even freedom fighter Washington didn't like the tax revolt which if
I'm not mistaken part of the reason the revolutionary war was started
was the unreasonable tax process placed on the people...

    "Washington wrote desperately to Humphreys, worried that
"commotions of this sort, like snow-balls, gather strength as they
roll, if there is no opposition in the way to divide and crumble

An additional part left out was Massachusetts had to hire a private
army (wonder who funded this?) to stop the tax revolt since big
government wasn't available yet and required a vote between states
(articles of confederation got in the way) to unleash the
military/militia on "free" Americans (clearly they couldn't get the
votes hence the private army). You'll notice a few short years after
the constitution was ratified in 1789 (when America completed it's
invasion and introduced big daddy government) the president now had
the power to call up men at a moments notice (militia act 1792) to do
the bidding of big daddy government/big money interest. Washington
used this act during the whiskey rebellion (another tax revolt).

1786-89 was an interesting period that shifted what this country was
founded on. We went from shays tax revolt to a constitutional
convention which then led to ratification aka big government. The
propaganda provided first amendment was written in an attempt to quell
dissention and the sedition act of 1798 would later be put in place to
keep people who didn't buy into the empty words/propaganda from
talking about how America became the thing our founders faught

It's quite the invasion and many never bother to talk about it and
rather hang their hat on the constitution which was simply their to
try and get those that were dumb enough to buy into empty words aka
propaganda after our country had been taken over by the same thing
they faught against a decade before.

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