Comment: The Founding Fathers

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The Founding Fathers

Rule of law is necessary, just as the US Constitution (which is a document of law) is necessary. Just laws exists solely to protect liberty from tyranny. But to advocate no laws necessarily means that individuals would have no legally guaranteed rights. The trick (which we have failed to accomplish) is keeping good laws, while eliminating the unjust ones.

The founders recognized that some minimal amount of government was necessary. Thomas Paine observed:

"...government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one"

It is tempting to think that no government is necessary at all. However, it only seems that way because our current government has grown from an necessary evil into an intolerable one.

Here is a compromise, let's strive to reduce the Federal government down to the size legally allowed by the US Constitution. If at that point it still seems too big, then we can discuss shrinking it further.

But please understand that if you go around claiming that libertarians are anarchists, then the cause of liberty will be harmed, not helped.

The British accused the American patriots of being anarchists. Of course it was done purely to discredit them. Quincy Adams responded:

"[T]here was no anarchy....[T]he people of the North American union, and of its constituent States, were associated bodies of civilized men and Christians in a state of nature, but not of anarchy."