Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion) (montecristo) wrote,
Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion)

"We live in an age that makes truth pass for treason." -- Algernon Sydney

You learn the damnedest things if you're willing, or even better eager, to read. This morning I was reading an article on Lew Rockwell's site about how alienated the population has become from the libertarian ideas of founders like Samuel Adams. Serendipitously, I encountered a reference to another pair of interesting historical individuals: Algernon Sydney, and Lucy Walter.

Algernon Sydney was a republican opponent of King Charles II. Lucy Walter, an interesting individual in her own right, was once his mistress. Sydney was beheaded for treason, ostensibly for participating in the Rye House Plot, on little evidence — one witness and his own philosophical writings, Discourses Concerning Civil Government, being the only support for the prosecution's charges. From the Rockwell article, I learned that Sydney's Discourses Concerning Civil Government was one of the writings on a very short list of works embodying core philosophical principles of the American founding recommended for study submitted in a resolution written by Jefferson and Madison to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. The quote in the subject is Sydney's last words.
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