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Preface to The Outlaw John Locke: A republic, if you can keep it

(I've rewritten the preface to my book, The Outlaw John Locke, in light of the events of Jan. 6, 2021.) by John MacBeath Watkins Preface : A republic, if you can keep it America is the most successful large Utopian experiment of all time. The events of Jan. 6, 2021, showed how easily we could lose the benefits of that experiment. President Donald Trump had rescheduled a rally nearby to occur shortly before Vice President Mike Pence was to go before congress and certify the election of Trump's replacement, Joe Biden. Trump directed his followers to march to the Capitol Building, where Pence was to engage in the ceremony. They marched to the building, set up a (not very well built) gallows, overwhelmed the police guarding the Capitol Building, and invaded the building. Some seemed to be there on a lark, others came in full G.I. Joe cosplay, equipped with Flexcuffs and communications gear, apparently ready to take congressional representatives and senators captive. The Capi

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