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Was William Shakespeare the First Libertarian?

lfish Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 6:43 AM
Beg pardon, but if ducking taxes and hoarding food makes Shakespeare a Libertarian, then he certainly wasn't the first. People were doing that, when possible, all the way back to ancient Egypt, at least. --Leslie < Fish

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...