“This book is most important to those who will probably never read it—bureaucrats and social workers.”
Native Americans lived happier and freer, “being void of care, which torments…so many Christians: They are not delighted in baubles, but in useful things.”
A review of Nobel laureate Douglass North’s 1978 paper “Structure and Performance: The Task of Economic History.”
“Viewing the intellectual history of the late nineteenth century as a revival of the republican tradition enriches our understanding of the age of reform.”
“Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was probably one of the more radical republicans of the Revolutionary era.”
“The establishment of various colonial militias late in 1774 is thus best understood in the light of a long republican Whig dedication to that idea.”
Jefferson saw the Constitution “as an instrument for promoting the pursuit of happiness,” arguing for each generation to restructure society as it chose.
English monarchs used revenues from corporate charters to work around parliamentary control of the power to tax.
“His moral sensibilities led him into mistakes; he thought too well of the world, and his standard of ethics was fixed too high for practical purposes.”
“Navigation, trade, and commerce, in…the West-Indies, and Africa” is reserved exclusively to “the common united strength of the merchants…one General Company.”
“[A] Continent…will be discovered and conquered by your means…and since you expose yourself to such danger to serve us, you should be rewarded for it.”
To counteract the chartered “Mushroom Aristocracy” in early corporatist America, Theodore Sedgwick demanded general incorporation, the abolition of privilege.
“Wicked princes [are much like] warthogs, which if they be suffered to have their snouts in the ground…will suddenly have in all the body.”
Seldes finds that the “program of 100 per cent Americanism is about 100 per cent false in the light of the views and actions of the rebel founders of our country.”
And by what criteria would we assess such a question?
“The insidious forces which produce inequality and destroy liberty are the subject of a large part of this volume.”
One of the most highly-regarded historians of 19th-century America gives his contribution to the Literature of Liberty.
Liggio discusses George Mason and Daniel Morgan.