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Originally posted by spangledbanner
John Locke is the father of libertarianism.
As is well known, anarchists use the terms “libertarian”, “libertarian socialist” and “libertarian communist” as equivalent to “anarchist” and, similarly, “libertarian socialism” or “libertarian communism” as an alternative for “anarchism.” This is perfectly understandable, as the anarchist goal is freedom, liberty, and the ending of all hierarchical and authoritarian institutions and social relations.
Unfortunately, in the United States the term “libertarian” has become, since the 1970s, associated with the right-wing, i.e., supporters of “free-market” capitalism. That defenders of the hierarchy associated with private property seek to associate the term “libertarian” for their authoritarian system is both unfortunate and somewhat unbelievable to any genuine libertarian. Equally unfortunately, thanks to the power of money and the relative small size of the anarchist movement in America, this appropriation of the term has become, to a large extent, the default meaning there. Somewhat ironically, this results in some right-wing “libertarians” complaining that we genuine libertarians have “stolen” their name in order to associate our socialist ideas with it!
John Locke is one of the founders of “liberal” political philosophy, the philosophy of individual rights and limited government.
Originally posted by Honor93
reply to post by spangledbanner
Jefferson composed the original draft ??
well, that's been disputed forever.
and some would say it originated via Thomas Paine.
don't suppose you've realized that they were all Englishmen who were dissatisifed with English rule ?
and no, why would we thank one influential person when even Jefferson held 3 in his highest regard ? mabe this would help clear the cobwebs in your cranium ?? www.amazon.com...