Archive | October 2013

You are browsing the site archives by date.

Man hath by nature a power to preserve his property – that is, his life, liberty, and estate – against the injuries and attempts of other men… The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property… Government has no other end, but the preservation of property… John Locke

John Locke may be thought of as the intellectual god-father of the colonial republican movement that culminated in the 1776-1783 war of independence from England. His writings on slavery have a certain ambiguity so that he is as often cited by the pro-slavery property rights proponents as he is by the anti-slavery proponents. If his […]

Good bankers, like good tea, can only be appreciated when they are in hot water.

Capital city : New York City and the men behind America’s rise to economic dominance, 1860-1900  Thomas Kessner  New York : Simon & Schuster, c 2003  Hardcover. First edition and printing. xix, 396 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [337]-381) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. […]

The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate…

The American Revolution and the War of 1812 would not have been won by the Americans without the use of privateers operating under letters of marque. Although the Navy and Marines would acquit themselves admirably in defeating the Barbary Pirates and the Mexican Navy when the Civil War started the northern fleet was composed largely […]

Ah! destructive Ignorance, what shall be done to chase thee out of the World! Cotton Mather

The idea of – as they are now called – social elites was nothing new to Puritan Massachusetts. It was an idea that had rattled around since at least the 14th century in France with the recognition of the états généraux. Coincidentally, or not, the first estate in the French system was also the clergy […]

The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots… The Anti-Federalist Papers

Today Connecticut is seen as partially a northern suburb of New York with the remainder being a southern suburb of Massachusetts. It seems to exist amoeba like with no inertia of its own other than the constant tension of halving itself and is probably held together only by the fact that there is no real […]