The ‘Anglo-Saxon Philosophy of Liberty’

Bill Flax writes, in a piece from several years ago, on the way in which the Anglo-Saxon philosophy of liberty shaped the United States.  He also notes the fact that America developed “decisively within the Anglo-Protestant mold”, a fact which is not emphasized in today’s society of imposed multiculturalism.

Flax notes how, as government has expanded in recent years to unprecedented levels, freedom has diminished.

America’s diminished freedom is thus alarming. Historically, America’s unparalleled liberty shone hope across the seas. Our independence was essentially a counter-revolution. America, as Mark Steyn writes, “derives its political character from eighteenth-century British subjects who took English ideas a little further than the mother country was willing to go.”

Consider that the colonists, in the days of the struggle to attain independence from the mother country, England, asserted their rights as being simply “the rights of Englishmen.” In those days the colonists were still conscious of, and willing to assert, their English roots and ties. Somehow the story has been changed to show the Founding Fathers as being in rebellion against some alien power in London, when in fact the colonials acknowledged their kinship with those back in the mother country.

“Thomas Jefferson was particularly enamored with Anglo-Saxon culture; seeing the American Revolution as an historical step to restore liberties lost under Norman rule. He reminded King George, “America was not conquered by William the Norman, nor its lands surrendered to him.

As I quoted earlier, Jefferson made reference to Hengist and Horsa, the semi-legendary leaders of the first Anglo-Saxon settlers arriving in England, alluding to them as being our forebears also.

Flax mentions that ironically, it is America’s very Anglo-Saxon heritage that is the one least permitted to be praised, or even to be mentioned.

Political correctness has so infected American thought that we recoil reflexively at the mere hint of Western brilliance. To the multiculturalists, the only culture that can’t be unequivocally praised is the very Anglo-protestant heritage which spurred America’s greatness. Ironically, it is often guilt laden WASPs, heirs of their wealth, leading the slanderous denunciations of their forbears.”

I recommend reading Flax’s essay in full. He does sound the alarm, saying that multiculturalism jeopardizes the Anglo-Saxon tradition of liberty which we enjoyed for so long. I hope with this blog to provide one small voice in favor of our forgotten roots.


2 thoughts on “The ‘Anglo-Saxon Philosophy of Liberty’

    1. I’m baffled that you would challenge that assertion on my part, and I don’t know whether you really want my answer (or any answer) but are merely challenging me.

      I assume that you and I are not on the same page politically, and that we may not share many presuppositions. But even those who are on the opposite end of the political spectrum from me say that our freedoms have been diminished.

      For example, this piece from the left-wing AlterNet also asserts that our freedoms have been diminished.

      However the writer and I disagree on what the ‘freedoms’ are. The writer says ‘freedom from want’ is an innate right while I would say not. In an ideal, perfect world, want would not exist but this is not a perfect world.

      Most people agree that the badly-named Patriot Act diminished our freedoms.

      Most of us can no longer speak or write freely if we violate ‘political correctness’. Some suffer prosecution for saying or writing non-PC things, especially in Europe. Social media like Twitter and FB ban people who say the ‘wrong’ things.

      We have to undergo intrusive airport security (against the 4th amendment of the Constitution) just so as to avoid ‘profiling.’

      I could go on and on, but I don’t feel that I should have to. I think it’s self-evident that we are not as free as we once were.


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