Re: LAW: Bar Associations and Monopolies (Was: POL: Reaction to Microsoft Rul...

Date: Sat Apr 22 2000 - 20:09:59 MDT

In a message dated 4/18/00 12:18:10 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:

> I suggest that you check out the "missing 13th Amendment." In brief, there
> was a different 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was
> apparently passed and was on the books of many state governments as the
> Constitution for many decades in the first half of the 19th Century. The
> missing 13th would basically have outlawed the bar as it stands.

Well, searching on the term "missing 13th Ammendment", I came up with these

(which are actually the same piece). With respect, this material strikes me
as paranoid hogwash. The plain language and common-sense historical context
seems to indicate that this text was simply an example of anti-monarchical
revolutionary rhetoric, mean-spirited aggression toward loyalists and
anti-British chest-thumping. The interpretation this author puts on the text
is right up there with the best "black helicopter, New World Order, secret UN
troops" type lunacy.

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