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The Alembic Files
Letters of Centinel No. 15
Eric the Blacksmith
 A. L. Aric  Contact Contributor
Oct. 3, 2018, 3:38 p.m.
In Letter no. 15, Centinel, with a sharp eye, is viewing the political landscape of Massachusetts. He sees the false panic being ginned up by the Framers. He is concerned that the people of that good state are willfully denying inclinations toward caution.

Centinel says ancient social instincts toward collective prudence are a bulwark of free peoples. Centinel worries that those instincts are being forgotten because of hobgoblins conjured by the moneyed elites. He points to Massachusetts' narrow approval of the Constitution as a barometer. He mentions the recent rebellions that have occurred. He avers that the "controlled media" have fomented unrest as another ploy to frighten the citizenry into approving the Constitution. Centinel exhorts his fellow residents to be wary of impostors masquerading as friends.
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