12 comments on “Architecture of Freedom

  1. I doubt contemporary US libertarianism would be recognisable to the colonial pioneers. Unlike recent generations raised on the propaganda of pseudo-individualist consumerism the early invader-settlers would have been acutely aware of their interdependence.

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      • Well, Locke himself was a classical liberal, though you’re correct in suggesting his ideas strongly influenced libertarianism.

        But a lot of economic theory and practice has passed under the bridge since Locke and while it might have been possible for a thoughtful, dispassionate person to subscribe to Lockean ideas of accumulation of personal wealth in 1700 to do so in a globalised economy of massive inequities that is in the midst of a crisis of capital caused by top-heavy wealth distribution would require a level of disregard for social cohesion and human suffering that would probably have horrified him.

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  2. Wonderful poem, Paul. And I do agree with cabrogal. Our current notions about what ‘libertarian’ means is sadly corrupted. Interdependence gave rise to libertarian thinking–the kind of freedom in which I’m able to do what is right for the community, not what will get me the most gain for myself.

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  3. Remarkable how the structures themselves reflect an enduring quality compared to those of ensuing generations intent on ‘improving’ on them . . . Today’s ‘tract houses’ are here and gone tomorrow; whereas ‘colonial clapboards’ proudly maintained endure the tests of time . . .

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  4. I do rather like a style of architecture that defines a period of history…protected eternally it will always have a tale to tell of the times within which it was constructed. A place has ‘history’ only when such history can be squeezed out of the air just as you have done here…done it proud I might add!

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