Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Boston Tea Party

Benjamin Martin: May I sit with you?
Charlotte Selton: It's a free country. Or at least it will be.
--The Patriot

A few days ago marked the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. As noted here, this infamous act of civil disobedience was a reaction to much more than an increase in taxes.

Lew Rockwell observes that the Tea Party was a protest against the State's use of trade to benefit some at the expense of others.

Will quote his conclusion, as I could not have said it better:

"Our agenda today should be exactly that of the Sons of Liberty in Boston: the right to economic enterprise should be unimpeded by taxes or special privileges. This is all that true free traders, in the tradition of the American revolutionaries, have ever demanded."

1 comment:

dgeorge12358 said...

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
~Samuel Adams