Tuesday, January 03, 2017
"We Do Not Need to Take Sides in These Battles to Do Justice to Their Histories"
"In books like 'Capitalism and a New Social Order: The Republican Vision of the 1790s' (1984) and 'Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination' (1992), Dr. Appleby challenged this view.
"She argued that the revolutionaries were more individualistic and optimistic than they had been given credit for. John Locke and Adam Smith had as much influence—or even more—than the radical Whigs on founders like Thomas Jefferson. In her view, the revolutionaries believed that the public good would arise out of the harmonious pursuit of private interests in a market economy."