Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Chodorov on Jefferson and the Declaration

"It is not at all the charter of a new nation. It is a rationalization of rebellion. The indictment of the British crown was but a sppringboard from which Jefferson launched a political principle: that government, far from being an end in itself, is but an instrument invented by man to aid him in bettering his circumstances, and when that instrument fails to function properly it is high time to kick it out. And, which is most important, he meant ANY government, not only the particular one which had engaged his attention. Any government. Any time." -- Frank Chodorov From his 1945 essay, "Thomas Jefferson, Rebel"

And just in case you haven't read the Declaration of Indpendence in a while, here's a link. Except for the listing of British outrages, it seems ever fresh to me. And while we're at it, here's an archive of Frank Chodorov's writing, from the ever-provocative Lew


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I wonder what the founding fathers would think of America today? In particular its foreign policy?

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