How Generalissimo Washington Crushed the Spirit of Liberty


Bust of George Washington (1732–1799)
by Giuseppe Ceracchi (1751–1801)

In June of 1775, writes Murray Rothbard, George Washington was appointed Major General and elected by Congress to be commander in chief of the American revolutionary forces. Although he took up his tasks energetically, Washington accomplished nothing militarily for the remainder of the year and more, nor did he try.

His only campaign in 1775 was internal rather than external; it was directed against the American army as he found it, and was designed to extirpate the spirit of liberty pervading this unusually individualistic and democratic army of militiamen. In short, Washington set out to transform a people’s army, uniquely suited for a libertarian revolution, into another orthodox and despotically ruled statist force after the familiar European model. FULL ARTICLE

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