Mission: Reviving the pamphlet tradition used so successfully by Franklin and his compatriots. Our goal is to incubate innovative ideas that have merit for the United States and its people. The Passy Press invites readers to submit no- holds -barred positions attacking usurpation of power, or prevailing and ill-informed public opinion. The “Essays” cover the American political and demographic spectrum. If there are twenty in the room and nineteen say “Yes” with one “No” or vice versa, we will provide a forum for that person. The best comments will be included in the Letters to the Editor section.
Background: Benjamin Franklin started the Passy Press at Passy (Paris) in 1777 as the Revolution raged and the fate of our new nation hung in the balance. In the pamphlets that soon poured from the press, he heralded American aspirations for liberty and independence. Such pamphlets would play a vital role as a popular medium fueling support for the American cause. Short and unambiguous, they were written for maximum public impact. They emphasized their points often using satire, biblical language, and striking imagery. Indeed, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet “Common Sense” became an instant hit in both the British colonies and Europe—perhaps second in importance only to the Declaration of Independence.
Target Audience: Thoughtful Americans and others seeking a lively forum that airs unvarnished opinions proffered not for personal or financial gain, but out of deep conviction and supported by specific evidence. Format: 1000 words, approximately; header with quotation or one-liner as lead-in. Franklin and Paine were experts.
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