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The US Declaration of Independence…Gartner-Style

by Doug Laney  |  July 2, 2018  |  3 Comments

Ever wonder what the Declaration of Independence might look like if Gartner published it? Probably not, but the result is fun and educational. 


 

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Declare Independence When Under Tyrannical Rule


Published:
04 July 1776      ID: G00000001

Analyst(s): John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston,  Roger Sherman

Successful government leaders may find it necessary to dissolve the political bands which have connected them and their people, and declare a right and authority to be free and independent from prior allegiances.

Key Challenges

  • Colonies have been forbidden and unable to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance that are wholesome and necessary for the public good. Local laws and charters have been taken away, trial by jury has been deprived, and judges are dependent upon the king’s will alone for the tenure of their offices and the payment of their salaries.
  • Legislative bodies have been called together at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant, thereby fatiguing the people into compliance.
  • Large standing armies have been kept among and quartered with the colonists, even in times of peace.
  • Trade has been cut off with all parts of the world, and taxes have been imposed without consent.

Recommendations

Government leaders of deprived colonies should:

  • Declare that their united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to their ruling country; and that all political connection between them and their current ruling country, is and ought to be totally dissolved.
  • Take control and assume the power as a free and independent states to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.

Strategic Planning Assumptions

By 1777, a prominent colonist and army officer, most likely a graduate of Yale, will be captured by the British and executed for espionage.

By 1778, at least one colony will prohibit slavery.

By 1779, the newly formed nation will negotiate its first treaty of commerce with another country.

In 1782, more than 50% of the British House of Commons will vote against further war, informally recognizing American independence.

By 1790, the United States will elect its first president.

Analysis

Introduction

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Preamble

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Indictment

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Denunciation

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

Figure 1. Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull

Figure 1. Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull

Conclusion

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America (see Figure 1), in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Recommended Reading

Some documents may not be available as part of your current Gartner subscription.

Magna Carta

English Declaration of Rights

Virginia Declaration of Rights

John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government

The Law of Nations by Monsieur de Vattel

 


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Doug Laney
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12 years at Gartner
30 years in IT industry

Doug Laney is a research vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner. He advises clients on data and analytics strategy, information innovation, and infonomics (measuring, managing and monetizing information as an actual corporate asset). Follow Doug on Twitter @Doug_Laney...Read Full Bio


Thoughts on The US Declaration of Independence…Gartner-Style


  1. Rajasekhar Jonnalagadda says:

    Wish to see what Gartner would have advised to the British Parliament in July 1776.

    • Doug Laney says:

      I think if the King and Parliament had sought Gartner’s strategic advice in the late 1760s or early 1770s, it would have been to allow an agreed-upon degree of decentralized autonomy. And we here might still be flying the Union Jack today. 🙂 We see this model work in the business/IT world today as well.

  2. What a lovely thing to read before Independence Day!

    Thanks for taking the time to create this.

    Good to see Gartner hasn’t completely squelched all creativity in the analyst ranks.



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