The movement could best be summarized by one word: "rebellion". The people questioned, and subsequently rejected, the authority of their kings and governments. The "rationalists" (as they were known) pondered the authority of the Church in presiding over God's laws. Science was elevated into something beyond the blasphemous alchemy that it was viewed as previously. Philosophy was seen as something important and potentially dangerous, and not just as something that homosexual poets wrote to impress one another. The poor rebelled against the rich ruling class, and the "bourgeois" were put to death in violent, public coups.
The PACT Act, legislation to ban the sale of ALL tobacco products over the Internet, has been quietly moving forward. Back on September 21, 2008, SnusCENTRAL.org published an incredibly incisive and brilliantly written detailed article entitled Cigarettes, Snus; ALL Tobacco (except Cigars): Internet Purchases to be BANNED in the USA???? The bill didn't make it through the the 110th Congress before the Session ended. It was quickly re-introduced during the current 111th Congressional Session to some but little fanfare.
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