Monday, January 14, 2013

Founding Fathers And the 2nd Amendment: Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton is probably the least liked of the founding fathers among the libertarian/conservative austrians among us. He was America's first secretary of the treasury and largely responsible for America's first attempt at a national bank, the reason why so many men loath him. I do not share those feelings for Hamilton, even though I do not like the idea of the national bank. Hamilton, for all his faults, fought for liberty; how many statist in office can say the same today?  And when it comes to the 2nd I have no disagreement with him.

"...but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights..." (Alexander Hamilton speaking of standing armies in Federalist 29.)

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