Principium Volume II, Book 11, Quote 1183, 1184, and 1185

1183. (1-12-2011) [The Colonist] objected not only that they were not represented in that Parliament but even more that it recognized no limits whatever to its powers.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty


1184. (1-12-2011) (Regarding the inception of this country consider this statement.)ATJ They were singularly fortunate, as perhaps no other people has been in a similar situation, in having among their leaders a number of profound students of political philosophy. (Consider statements made by John Adams about feeling compelled to study government and war.)ATJ It is a remarkable fact that when in many other respects the new country was still so very backward, it could be said that “it is in political science only that America occupies the first rank. There are six Americans on a level with the foremost Europeans, with Smith and Turgot, Mill and Humbolt.” (- Lord Action – History of Freedom) They were, moreover, men as much steeped in the classical tradition (Latin, Greek works)ATJ as any of the English thinkers of the proceeding century had been and were fully acquainted with the ideas of the latter.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978


(Almost as if they were being providentially prepared for just such as time as the formation of a new and free nation, like no other had been formed, under a written and peacefully deliberated Constitution. This was the miracle at Philadelphia!)ATJ


1185. (1-12-2011) Until the final break, the claims and arguments advanced by the colonist in the conflict with the mother country were based entirely on the rights and privileges to which they regarded themselves entitled as British subjects. It was only when they discovered that the British constitution, in whose principles they had firmly believed, had little substance and could not be successfully appealed to against the claims of Parliament, that they concluded that the missing foundation had to be supplied. They regarded it as fundamental doctrine that a “fixed constitution was essential to any free government and that a constitution meant limited government. From their own history they had become familiar with written documents which defined and circumscribed the powers of government such as the Mayflower compact and the colonial charters.

- Author Unknown – Likely Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978


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