Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The positive contributions of the Puritans to the American founding
One doesn't hear much in the way of praise for the Puritans nowadays, but Peter Augustine Lawler over at First Principles has posted an essay reminding us why the Puritans are important for understanding American culture, and important in a good way: Praising the Puritans. Lawler's analysis is particularly insightful, I think, in comparing the moral traditions of liberty that developed separately in New England and in Virginia. The New England variety, informed by Puritanism, was both more communitarian and egalitarian than the slavocracy that developed in Virginia. Lawler's analysis is well worth a read.