A hero’s heroes

Catallaxians will be familiar with Spartacus’ fondness for Thomas Jefferson.  After all, does it get any better than this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

But at this link is a transcript of a letter Thomas Jefferson sent to Dr Benjamin Rush. Within the letter, Cats can read the a story describing a visit by Alexander Hamilton to Jefferson’s home (to be honest Spartacus did not read the letter, but was pointed to this bit):

The room being hung around with a collection of the portraits of remarkable men, among them were those of Bacon, Newton and Locke, Hamilton asked me who they were. I told him they were my trinity of the three greatest men the world had ever produced, naming them.

How’s that.  Thomas Jefferson listed Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton and John Locke as the three greatest men the world had ever produced.

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19 Responses to A hero’s heroes

  1. JohnJJJ

    For what it’s worth: Jefferson, Newton and Locke were Unitarians or Socinians. Bacon although an Anglican had very similar views. Not so important now, but very important back then.
    Given the current state of wilful ignorance in our 21st Century Dark Age, it will probably make a comeback.

  2. Dr Fred Lenin

    We are lucky our present day politicians are following in these great men’s footsteps ,they are !_they are!just ask their spin liars ,it’s true I tell you all true !

  3. NB

    And his favourite Greek philosopher?
    “I am an Epicurean,” proclaimed Thomas Jefferson, the owner of at least five editions of De rerum natura.

  4. Roger

    Sparty: A hero’s heroes.

  5. Sparty: A hero’s heroes.

    Thanks Roger. Fixed. Speed and tired, but still no excuse.

  6. Roger

    Thanks Roger. Fixed. Speed and tired, but still no excuse.

    You’re welcome!

  7. Roger

    We can all make mistakes…that’s why publishers have proofreaders.

    One of my part time jobs at uni 😉

  8. 2dogs

    But according to SJWs, Thomas Jefferson is an icon for white supremacists.

    You wouldn’t want to be a white supremacist, now, would you Spartacus?

  9. Tel

    Thomas Jefferson listed Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton and John Locke as the three greatest men the world had ever produced.

    And Hamilton had no idea who they were.

    Out of the five: Jefferson, Hamilton, Bacon, Newton and Locke, take a guess which one Broadway wrote a musical about?

  10. Chris M

    that all men are created equal

    Well equally human yes; is this what he meant? But not equal in other ways. We all have different abilities, strengths, limitations etc. Thankfully.

  11. Tim Neilson

    But not equal in other ways. We all have different abilities, strengths, limitations etc. Thankfully.

    One of the greatest lines in cinema – George C Scott as General Patton:

    “Don’t ever let anyone feed you any of that “equality” bullshit; men are not born equal – anyone who’s ever seen a race or a fight knows that.”

  12. anonandon

    Not sure about John Locke but I liked Ivan Locke in the movie – Locke

  13. Pedro the Ignorant

    “Don’t ever let anyone feed you any of that “equality” bullshit; men are not born equal – anyone who’s ever seen a race or a fight knows that.”

    Liberty quote.

  14. Pyrmonter

    Slave-owning, revolution-favouring Francophile who imposed an embargo on those who stood against Boney – and you tell me there’s something to like? Oh, and the small matter of the taking advantage of his slaves, while we’re about it

  15. max

    “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”
    Frederic Bastiat

    The pursuit of happiness is open-ended and non-specific.

  16. Blair

    “all men are created equal”
    Except slaves.

  17. Boris

    People who criticize slave owners of yesteryear are idiots. If it ever makes sense to judge people, it should be by standards of their time

  18. Up The Workers!

    2dogs at 7.32pm said:
    “But according to SJWs, Thomas Jefferson is an icon for white supremacists.
    You wouldn’t want to be a white supremacist, now, would you Spartacus?”

    No problem – Jefferson was really an SJW black man whose skin only chose to express itself as white, on rare occasions.

    Not many people know that.

  19. 2dogs

    Jefferson was really an SJW black man

    He certainly had a great love for black women.

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