Re: Libertarian==Throwback?

From: Greg Burch (
Date: Sat Aug 11 2001 - 07:15:03 MDT

Picking one drop from the ocean of posts I've been skimming recently:

----- Original Message -----
From: "Olga Bourlin" <>
Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2001 1:36 AM

> I'll let you know how the book turns out, and maybe we'll talk further.
> Throwback to me, of course, means "been there, done that, didn't work out
> too well the first time ..." I wish I knew of one glorious libertarian
> "victory" that changed the U.S. society for the better, the way I've seen
> some democratic victories change all our lives.

Try the U.S. Constitution. My opinion that it is a very libertarian
document isn't alone. In "The Ideological Origins of the American
Revolution," for which Bernard Bailyn won the Pullitzer Prize in history,
Bailyn repeatedly refers to the core ideas and values that motivated the
Founders as "libertarian", a set of concepts and ideals that predated
classical "liberalism". As you study these ideas, it's important to
distinguish between libertarianism and anarchism. The U.S. Constitution is
a decidedly libertarian document, albeit of the minarchist, rather than the
anarchist variety.

Greg Burch
Vice-President. Extropy Institute

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