Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on August 7, 2021

in History, Philosophy of Freedom

… is from page 19 of Bernard Bailyn’s profound 1967 book, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution:

For the primary goal of the American Revolution, which transformed American life and introduced a new era in human history, was not the overthrow or even the alteration of the existing social order but the preservation of political liberty threatened by the apparent corruption of the constitution, and the establishment in principle of the existing conditions of liberty….

What was essentially involved in the American Revolution was not the disruption of society, with all the fear, despair, and hatred that that entails, but the realization, the comprehension and fulfillment, of the inheritance of liberty and of what was taken to be America’s destiny in the context of world history.

DBx: Bailyn died one year ago today (on August 7th, 2020).

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