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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "Homage to Daniel Shays" (1972) Summary & Analysis

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At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, a group of veterans in Massachusetts joined Capt. Daniel Shays in rebellion against the formation of a central government with the power to levy taxes. Hadn't they just fought London to achieve freedom and independence? The rebellion was promptly put down, but it marked the first evidence that America really has two parties—the Property Party (now the Democratic and Republican parties)—and the largely powerless common man, according to Vidal.

This analysis of power in America is essentially confirmed by publication of Fat Cats and Democrats: the Role of the Big Rich in the Party of the Common Man by G. William Domhoff, where the reader learns, according to Vidal that, "the country is governed by a small elite which knows pretty much what...

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