Yeah, I knew that, of course. But old Ben is of another age. He had no concept of Al Qaeda, the Internet or mobile phones.
If he had foreseen all the electronic surveillance that was coming he probably would never have invented electricity.
Ah, context. Gotcha.
Yeah, I think the psychology of the early pilgrims was reactionary to the perceived totalitarianism of the "old" world, namely western europe. Now Ben was a federalist, kinda, maybe?
. The individual states had a lot of power back then and were loathe to give it up?. In that context? I don't know.