Independence Day Roundup

Posts elsewhere of note on this fine day of remembrance of sticking it to the (British) man:

Tyler Cowen inquires as to the character of the founding fathers, and further wonders if he'd've supported the American Revolution way back when.

In a related thought, Radley Balko wonders that given what's transpired since the Spirit of '76, if the Founders would have called for revolution within the United States by now.

Greg Mankiw notes a "coincidence" between George Washington and Adam Smith.

African American Dad remembers the folk who's freedom was delayed for quite some time after the Revolution.

McQ at QandO has some thoughts on the Founders and the 'mainstream'.

Jonathan Rowe over at Positive Liberty on lesser-known Founder John Witherspoon's proto-Clintonian triangulation of Christianity & Philosophy in service of the Revolution.

Ed Brayton follows up with a note on the Partnership Lost, Partnership Regained story of two towering intellects behind the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

Andrew Sullivan serves up a great quote from Thomas Jefferson, which I shall shamelessly purloin:

"All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day [Independence Day] forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them," - Thomas Jefferson, June 24, 1826, in the last significant letter he wrote (he died on July 4, 1826).

In a slightly different vein, Will Wilkinson urges us to seek the contrary viewpoint this day as a form of cognitive independence.

Roderick Long urges us to celebrate the ongoing revolution, and not the establishment.

Englishman Tim Worstall briefly notes there's no hard feelings.

The Coyote Blog gives thanks for and recognizes the real reasons whyAmerica is healthy, wealthy, and (in crowds) wise.

Lexington Green and Ginny over at ChicagoBoyz pass along some history; respectively, a note on the legal & political theories and histories from which the Declaration and later Constitution sprang, and John Adams' sense of what it all meant.

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