Jefferson Was a Radical

I heartily endorse two pieces out this morning.  I agree with the basic sum and substance of their messages.

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!

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About prophetize

Erstwhile philosopher and ersatz thinker. Arabic linguist by profession. Dabble with a few other languages. I have a testimony of the gospel of Christ as restored through Joseph Smith. Strong faith in modern prophecy and prophets. Disinclined to be admiring of what passes for "progressiveness" these days.
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One Response to Jefferson Was a Radical

  1. h_nu says:

    Yet sadly enough more people believe and express that rights come from the government today than I’m comfortable with.

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