Thomas Jefferson was a radical. You can even make the argument that he was a radical libertarian. Albert Jay Nock did.
This 4th of July, please actually read the Declaration of Independence. Let Jefferson teach us truths that unfortunately don’t get taught in school these days. The Declaration wasn’t just a litany of complaints against George III. It set forth a new doctrine of the rights of humanity. It enshrined the radical notion that we get our rights from our Creator, not from government. Thus, government cannot actually abridge our rights legitimately, since our rights pre-existed governments in general. The Declaration is the ultimate “truth to power” document.
Happy 4th of July!