Benefits Of The American Revolution

These days we Americans seem to have forgotten the benefits that we all got because of the revolution….today we have taken the concept of political camps and turned into something that was never intended by our Founding Fathers.

This is a good topic….every side of the political spectrum will grasp some part of the war and why it was fought as an example of why they believe the way they do.

A good question and this post is from the view s of Libertarians……

It has become de rigueur, even among libertarians and classical liberals, to denigrate the benefits of the American Revolution. Thus, libertarian Bryan Caplan writes:  “Can anyone tell me why American independence was worth fighting for?… [W]hen you ask about specific libertarian policy changes that came about because of the Revolution, it’s hard to get a decent answer. In fact, with 20/20 hindsight, independence had two massive anti-libertarian consequences: It removed the last real check on American aggression against the Indians, and allowed American slavery to avoid earlier—and peaceful—abolition.”  One can also find such challenges reflected in recent mainstream writing, both popular and scholarly.

In fact, the American Revolution, despite all its obvious costs and excesses, brought about enormous net benefits not just for citizens of the newly independent United States but also, over the long run, for people across the globe. Speculations that, without the American Revolution, the treatment of the indigenous population would have been more just or that slavery would have been abolished earlier display extreme historical naivety. Indeed, a far stronger case can be made that without the American Revolution, the condition of Native Americans would have been no better, the emancipation of slaves in the British West Indies would have been significantly delayed, and the condition of European colonists throughout the British empire, not just those in what became the United States, would have been worse than otherwise.

Please if you see something that this person missed please feel free to include them in the comments.

15 thoughts on “Benefits Of The American Revolution

  1. Of course, if you had stayed with us, you would be the proud bearer of a British Passport, (once we leave the EU, if ever) and still have our wonderful Royal Family. The aristocrats would own 75% of the land in America, and you could watch cricket on TV, instead of baseball. Also, you would probably be drinking tea instead of coffee, queuing politely for everything, and have developed a stiff upper lip.
    Thinking about it, revolution sounds like a better deal. Where can I sign up?
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Is land ownership still that restricted to aristocratics? Does the estate still go to the oldest son or daughter if no son? I was aware that land ownership was limited in England but did not think it was still that bad.

      1. Between the Government, The Ministry of Defence, and the Royals+aristocrats, I am guessing the figure might be even higher, Lots of people own their own houses of course, but most have little land attached to them. The next of kin still inherits, whether male of female, but they have to pay inheritance taxes. To get around those, many register as businesses, and inherit the ‘business’ instead. They can even take over the ‘business’ before the death of their parents, to avoid that tax altogether.
        Regards, Pete.

    2. The way you put it, Britain remaining in charge of North America actually sounds better than you think. (Actually, Canada basically is what America would be without the American terrorist revolt.)

      A British passport can (well, at least for another few months) get you anywhere in Europe with FAR less hassle. The aristocrats own everything over here too, but ours have FAR less class (See: gold toilets and stretch Hummers) We have an endless supply of zero-talent, self-important, celebs rammed down our throats 24/7 as if they actually deserve any attention…AND for some fucking reason America gets the British Royals to deal with too! Cricket might just be an improvement over baseball…and least old-school cricket vs modern baseball. And coffee is even more bitter than I am! (Tea all the way, bitches.)

      In America, there is no polite queuing up. Take healthcare. Americans don’t line up for healthcare. They usually die before saving enough money to just get in the line. Meanwhile, the riches get valet parking. And wherever there are lines, loud assholes keep bitching about the loud assholes ahead of them…then somebody pulls out their 2nd Amendment and bodies are strewn everywhere.

      No, I’m glad the only blood soaked revolutions in Canada occurred in hockey rinks.

      1. Sounds like you have the best of both worlds in Canada, SM. Hang on though…What about Quebec? And that 9-month winter? 🙂

      2. I have often thought about Canada and Australia. They both seem to be doing well, better than us in many respects. They both have parliamentary forms of government which is a great lot better than the gridlock we have that we seem to be stuck with. And they both have health care that is better than what we have. I have never seen the point of the revolution.

      3. Somewhere along the way….Canada has gone from a colony of the British Empire to a colony of the American Empire. And it’s NOT a change for the better. (Simple example: Marks & Spencer left right about the time Walmart arrived.)

        Quebec was a French colony that was acquired by Britain after a brief “hockey game” (If I recall, it was the Montcalm Cougers vs the Sudbury Wolfes) that they’re still kind of sore over. Team harmony has been really good lately. Fingers crossed.

        However, none of this changed as a result of the US revolt. If the American revolting failed, Les Quebecois would probably have some francophone frères dans Louisiana. The Acadians (aka Cajuns) would have likely been less assimilated than they are now and may have developed into a second French speaking province.

        As for that 9 month winter…that was always limited to the more northern extremes. (See: Franklin Expedition) The vast majority of Canucks live in the southern end of the country. Besides, thanks to Climate Change, those 9 month winters sure ain’t what they used to be.

      1. I am beginning to see that in our politicians as well…all the enablers of this poser to the American throne. chuq

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