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Was William Shakespeare the First Libertarian?

darrelJ Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 10:26 AM
Agreed ! After all, he preached that we are to love our brother as we love ourselves, or in today's language, to treat others only the way we would want them to treat us. That is the whole basis for libertarianism.

I’ve never been a big Shakespeare fan, but that may need to change. It seems the Bard of Avon may be the world’s first libertarian.

Some of you are probably shaking your heads and saying that this is wrong, that Thomas Jefferson or Adam Smith are more deserving of this honor.

Others would argue we should go back even earlier in time and give that title to John Locke.

But based on some new research reported in, Shakespeare preceded them all.

Uncertainty over the likely future success of his plays led William Shakespeare to do “all he could to...