The Village Square was born. It wasn’t always exactly a “square” in the “village,” although sometimes it was. It was the spirit of all this talking.
Within the ethos of the town meeting is the important founding principle that political foes must grudgingly become partners as they engage conflicting ideas in order to govern.
It was probably our founders’ biggest idea – and assuredly their boldest – that a diverse people could self-govern.
So, despite the differences between our founders – and the odds against them – in this new country the king was no longer the seat of power. It was now the humble town hall.
The two founders ultimately died friends, having given history the gift of their final correspondence.