Although Our Declaration is nominally about how the Declaration of Independence was written, it is also about how the American Revolution was produced.
Allen’s account shows the American Revolution was not an idealistic or utopian whim, but a political choice that the colonists made, in the first instance, because the government of King George had, quite literally, ceased to function in the American colonies. Whatever else it was, the revolution was a pragmatic response to the threat of social and political chaos.
Her examination of “democratic writing” is thought provoking. Can we imagine our current political representatives in Washington cooperating in a task of magnitude comparable to the Declaration of Independence? No way! Democratic writing is one of the many complex organizing tasks that are only possible when people are struggling with all their might to create something new together.
For these reasons, I think Our Declaration is significant for the independent political movement. Have not the vast majority of our nominal political leaders ceased also to carry out the functions of government? Have they not ceased to work together for the good of the commonwealth? The independent movement is a revolution in the making — a non-violent one — to restore the collective creativity of the American people.