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The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world

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Montecristo Captain Quixote

"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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Sam Adams.

Patriot. Brewer. Homeboy.

King George III labeled him, "The Great Incendiary."

Great stuff. Thanks for some interesting reading material for the ferry ride home!

Samuel Adams wasn't at the Constitutional Convention. In what context is he a founder?

Adams was a participant in the Boston Tea Party. He was one of the drafters of the Massachusetts Constitution and served as governor of Massachusetts. He was a member of the Continental Congress, had a hand in the drafting and ratification of the Declaration of Independence. He helped write the Articles of Confederation.

Re: Samuel Adams context

Oh I know his pedigree. I guess what I'm wondering is whether what Lew Rockwell is implying in his article is valid. Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson all didn't get to see the form of government they wanted implemented. I just wonder whether that's relevant.

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