The generation of Americans that fought WWII stands out as one of the greatest generations of modern history.
They were followed by the Baby Boomers. Many of the boomers carried on the hardworking ethic and commonsense drives of the WWII generation. On the philosophic side, the boomers stand among the most intellectually corrupt generations. The rogues in power used every negative trick in the book to reframe the efforts of their fathers to grab and consolidate power.
I contend that the same thing happened in the early days of America.
The Founders, who fought the Revolutionary War and drafted the Constitution, were among the greatest generations of all time.
The generation that followed the founder contained a populace that worked to carry on the legacy of the US founders and a horrifically corrupt ruling and intellectual class that worked feverishly to pervert the new classical liberal order to their advantage.
Hegel (1770 – 1831) was widely popular in US intellectual circles. Writings in the early 1800s were fused with intellectual snits spinning ancient dialectical conflicts to their advantage.
Much of the intellectual corruption in the early US came from people in the newly freed colonies who wanted to justify the continuation of slavery.
The generation that followed the founders mucked things up to the point that our nation fell apart into civil war.
One great problem that occurs when studying the Founders is that much of what we know about the founders was distorted by the generation that followed the founders.
If you want to understand the founders of the US, you need to look at what was going on before the founding of this nation.
If we approach history with the understanding that there was a great generation (the US Founders) followed by an intellectually corrupt generation that sought power by reframing the works of the founders, then I think we could start a dialog about restoring the freedoms envisioned by the founders.
Notably, the partisanship built around left/right and center came after the founders. The founders would be baffled by the modern use of the terms "conservative" and "liberal." They might even recognize that the self declare "center" is as bad as the end.
Any person who declares: "These are the folks left of me. These are the ones to my right and I am the fair and balanced center" is a dialectician.
The US founders were people, trained in a refined version of classical logic, fought for freedom. I like to call them "classical liberals."
Hegel and Marx developed a conflict driven method of thinking called dialectics.
The US founders fought for self rule and wanted to experiment with the free market. They did not use the term "capitalism." The capitalism that we know and loath today came from the pen of an intellectual snit named Karl Marx who sought to define a dialectical conflict.
Conservatives today accept without question Marx's definition of capitalism. Conservatives are such idiots that they fail to understand that Marx's goal in redefining the free market as capitalism was to create conflicts that would bring down the experiment in self rule and establish a new totalitarian state.
Marx's goal in writing Das Kapital (the foundational work for modern capitalism) was to use the tools of the capitalist to destroy the capitalist.
This is intellectual corruption at its most vile.
Conservatives, like Sean Hannity, dedicate their entire career to defended Marx's definition of capitalism. Why? They end up doing as much damage as good.
To restore our freedoms, we need to start asking big questions like: What is the difference between the free market and capitalism?
Is the system of centralized exchanges really a free market?
Have our exchanges been captured by groups opposed to liberty?
If we accept that early American history experienced a great generation that fought for liberty at the end of the 18th century followed by an intellectually corrupt generation who sought to redefine liberty to their advantage in the early eighteenth century, then I think we could make positive steps to restoring the visions of our Founders.