Liberty Forged

the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. ` Nock

America’s Libertarian Founding

Posted by Jesse on January 22, 2009

[MP3] The Libertarian Heritage: The American Revolution and Classical Liberalism

“….the Libertarian party achieved this growth while consistently adhering to a new ideological creed — “libertarianism” — thus bringing to the American political scene for the first time in a century a party interested in principle rather than in merely gaining jobs and money at the public trough. We have been told countless times by pundits and political scientists that the genius of America and of our party system is its lack of ideology and its “pragmatism” (a kind word for focusing solely on grabbing money and jobs from the hapless taxpayers). How, then, explain the amazing growth of a new party which is frankly and eagerly devoted to ideology?”

The libertarian creed emerged from the “classical liberal” movements of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Western world, specifically, from the English Revolution of the seventeenth century. This radical libertarian movement, even though only partially successful in its birthplace, Great Britain, was still able to usher in the Industrial Revolution there by freeing industry and production from the strangling restrictions of State control and urban government-supported guilds. For the classical liberal movement was, throughout the Western world, a mighty libertarian “revolution” against what we might call the Old Order — the ancien régime which had dominated its subjects for centuries.”

From the book “For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto,” as read by Jeff Riggenbach

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