… is from page 86 of the Second Edition (1999) of R.W. Grant’s The Incredible Bread Machine :
Only upon the premise of individualism can a free society be built. In fact, individualism was the implicit philosophical principle underlying the American concept of government as servant rather than master. The real significance of the American Revolution lay not in a military triumph (for other nations have won independence only to lapse back into tyranny), but in the partial triumph of the philosophy of individualism.
DBx: Today is the 246th anniversary of “the shot heard ’round the world” – the start in earnest of the American Revolution. I fear that the liberalism, however imperfectly it was practiced, that motivated the American revolutionaries’ cause is now in its death throes.
By the way, I cannot recommend highly enough Rick Atkinson’s 2019 volume, The British Are Coming .