Richard M. Salsman, Ph.D
"Alexander Hamilton's Liberalism: Distinguishing Fact and Myth"
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: National Technology Transfer Center Auditorium
Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was America's most important Founding Father after George
Washington. But what were the essential features of his political philosophy and public policies? It's certainly a contested legacy. Many Jeffersonian libertarians deride
Hamilton as a statist - whether as a "monarchist," mercantilist, protectionist, nationalist, proponent of "central banking," or advocate of "strong government" - and thus reject him as a valid guide for modern times. Many modern liberals concur with this assessment but champion Hamilton as an authoritative legitimizer of mixedeconomy corporatism. Yet anticorporate critics today also warn that Hamiltonian political economy favors "plutocracy" and "cronyism." Rejecting these views, Salsman presents evidence that Hamilton is an Enlightened, classical liberal - indeed, more consistently proliberty and pro-rights than any other Founder - and thus is a proper, inspired model for contemporary friends of genuine liberty.