Fact #7 of 28
T Those Americans who argued first and most vigilantly that the best form of government is both small and weak were those who represented the interests of the aristocracy of the Antebellum South.
Considering the time, before the age of political correctness and the 30 second sound bite, these men were among the wealthiest in the world and saw no reason to disguise their motivations. Their interest in keeping government as weak as possible was so it could not interfere with their economic prerogatives, particularly concerning their enslaved African property, which was not only the source of their wealth, but also what they saw as their natural right to impose their will upon.
Please consider Thomas Jefferson’s perspective on the subject…
“Masters,” Jefferson acknowledged in 1787, exercise the most “unremitting despotism” over their slaves that give them free rein to “the most boisterous passions”. “When we dominate and abuse our slaves our children see this,” Jefferson added, “and they cannot but be stamped by it. They are nursed, educated, and daily exercised in tyranny.” (Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1787)
Think about that the next time you hear someone arguing that society is best served by small, weak government or that laissez-faire Capitalism somehow equates to freedom and liberty. Remember the roots of this line of thinking and why it was advocated. In principle, it’s no different than when a criminal tries to convince you that it’s some kind of virtue to not to alert the authorities to what they are doing. There is a reason why they want to operate with impunity. And it’s probably not because they want to spread the wealth, freedom and liberty…that is, unless they are talking only about themselves.