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Was William Shakespeare the First Libertarian?

George257 Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 5:30 AM
In a more literal sense of course, the first libertarian was probably the first caveman who made himself a good spear and killed a woolly mammoth to provide better for his family. His children had a better chance of survivng to adult years because he took responsibility for his future and stayed with his 'wife' and kids. We are all descended from people like him. Every one of us.

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...