Hyping the Quakers

Whether you know it or not, Quakerism is de facto written into the United States Constitution. Fundamental ideas about governance and freedom of expression in our society originated with the Quakers. Quakers never planned on world domination, nor did they expect their views to be coopted by both of America’s major political parties, but that is more or less what has happened. Even as they refuse to remember or acknowledge the Quakers’ contributions, America’s left and right are fighting over Quakerism’s corpse, claiming ownership of ideas first put into action by Quakers long before the Revolutionary War.