Hamilton also says that “ignorance of [the rights of mankind] in this enlightened age cannot be admitted” (Hamilton 86). Hamilton was writing this in 1775. By any means our society is far more “enlightened” than his, and yet centuries later we still are having to debate whether or not human rights are “valid”. As we discussed in class on Friday, our ideas about how a society should function are not new; Hamilton’s eloquent tearing down of a Farmer’s argument shows us this. Even though he is technically directing his argument at a single person, he is advocating for a larger movement towards democracy and even more importantly, for the rights of the people in his society who may not be as able to advocate for themselves. While The Farmer Refuted is by no means The Declaration of Independence, it nevertheless promoted change in the culture in which it was written by using language to influence people’s ideas about said culture (and, to quote the song based on this work, Hamilton did indeed “tear this dude apart”).