all power to the people!

The Mises Institute is digitizing half a century’s worth of The Freeman, thanks to the fact that FEE founder Leonard Read

eschewed the use of exclusive copyright. That is to say, he encouraged the widest possible distribution of his work and did not forbid others from copying his infinitely reproducible ideas. (Jeffrey Tucker, “The Works of Leonard E. Read”)

Through these collections, I’m discovering some great mid-century libertarian writing.

Here’s an example:

The rallying cry of this new Left [in the French revolutionary government] was, All power to the people! And, as always, it sounded good to the people. But the point that the French people missed is the same point that haunts the world today. It is this: the people cannot themselves individually exercise the power of government; the power must be held by one or a few persons. Those who hold the power always claim that they use it for the people, whether the form of government is a kingdom, a dictatorship, a democracy, or whatever. If the people truly desire to retain or to regain their freedom, their attention should first be directed to the principle of limiting the power of government itself instead of merely demanding the right to vote on what party or person is to hold the power. For is the victim of government power any the less deprived of his life, liberty, or property merely because the depriving is done in the name of — or even with the consent of — the majority of the people?

That’s from Dean Russel’s “The First Leftist,” first published in 1951.Download PDF

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One Response to all power to the people!

  1. ROBERT NAVROTSKI says:

    The founding fathers in our Constitution established the three houses, to limit the power of government! It is interesting to look back at how Republicans from Reagan had figured out if they pandered to the evangelical Christians for their vote, they would give them back door access of the White House, to molest our young Constitution and Bill of Rights!

    When religion is allowed to run amok, with no restrictions, no oversights, and above question, we can see the result of how many liberties and freedoms we have lost, and how much religion has been inserted into the laws we live under! Remember that the more laws that are enacted, the less freedoms everyone has!

    The Republicans conspired with the evangelicals to put in the White House one of their own!
    Having a Christian evangelical running the country, changed America into a theocracy!

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