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Were the Founding Fathers Libertarians?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by zeezee, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. zeezee

    zeezee nowheresville Member

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  2. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Easy answer...no.

    In fact, their isn't really a real world example of libertarianism being a viable political model period. It sounds like a good idea but it ignores human nature entirely. People do not live and let live. They are hardwired to spread their own way of thinking to others as a form of self preservation.
  3. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    No. The founding power structure for this country was mainly rich slave owners and business operators who wanted less control over the local economy and more power in the hands of the LOCAL ruling elite. The ideals they put forth were as noble then as they are today...and just as today they were put forth to buy cooperation of the masses, not in hopes of any real change. Power in the hands of the elites will always rule in human society. Nationalism began to whither and die at the end of WWII as the corporations, turned loose by the Marshall Plan, realized that by commanding global markets they could circumvent national laws that hindered their expansion and controlled their profit structure.
  4. saxon

    saxon springfield Active Member

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    in part yes in part no
    the other half belived in oliver cromwells republic and that is that no man be under any law he did not put HIMSELF under
    true freedom that is to say you can do what you want when you want as long as id does not violate some one else and thier rights
    that the right of the individual over rules the need of the many