Mondays with Murray: The Real Story of the Whiskey RebellionSubmitted by Marc Clair on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 12:14
As President Obama himself stated at a press conference last Friday, “it’s been a tough week”. It’s been tough for those affected both directly and indirectly by the bombings in Boston, and the subsequent police state imposed upon the city. It’s been tough for those affected by the explosion in Waco, and of course it’s always tough for the victims of the U.S. empire’s violence around the globe. So why not try to start this week on a brighter note with a few subjects we Lions hold dear – Murray Rothbard, liberty and whiskey!
While Murray Rothbard is best known for his work in economics and developing libertarian philosophy, one would be remiss to forget about his historical writings. Murray was able to look at history with his unique point of view, through the lens of liberty if you will. Washing away the filth of statist propaganda, Rothbard always delivered historical events through the context of the ongoing battle between liberty and tyranny. His massive work on early American history, Conceived in Liberty is intimidating in its size but an absolute joy to read.
I know what you’re thinking…what’s this got to do with whiskey?
Many of you have probably heard the Whiskey Rebellion mentioned at least in passing if you were taught your history by government schools as I was. At most it may have gotten a brief mention as a tax rebellion in western Pennsylvania that was put down with by the army at the order of President Washington. Many libertarians often point to this, rightly, as evidence that even starting with the first President, the revered George Washington, the U.S. government has been violating the Constitution and and abusing its power.
This analysis however misses a more far reaching and important aspect of the Whiskey Rebellion