So, U Tink U Sum Kind Of Classical American Liberal?Avid readers of Montesquieu...
- Thomas Jefferson (DR-VA) (author: Declaration of Indie-ness, Pres. #3)John Adams (F-MA) (author: Mass. Constitution, Pres #2)James Madison (DR-VA) (author: Constitution, Fed. Papers, Pres #4)Alexander Hamilton (F-NY) (author: Fed Papers, Sec of Treasury)John Jay (F-NY, author: Fed Papers, Supreme Court Justice)
I beg one favor of my readers, which I fear will not be granted me; this is, that they will not judge by a few hours' reading of the labor of twenty years, that they will approve or condemn the book entire, and not a few particular phraseswith that in mind, from the author's Explanatory Notes
For the better understanding of the first four books of this work, it is to be observed that what I distinguish by the name of virtue, in a republic, is the love of one's country, that is, the love of equality. It is not a moral, nor a Christian virtue, but a political virtuel and it is the spring which sets the republican government in motion[.]All authors should have that first bit in their introductions, or at least want it.