Krannawitter on Alexander Hamilton

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Krannawitter on Alexander Hamilton

I’m announcing a special lecture the evening of April 11, 2013. The location will be the Independence Institute. The subject will be Alexander Hamilton. The speaker will be yours truly.

The annals written by historians have been less than kind to Hamilton. Sure, Hamilton had his faults and his failings. He was no angel. He was thoroughly human, very imperfect. But this is precisely what makes his successes so impressive.

Hamilton was magnanimous in many critical respects. If his occasional failures in judgment were shadowy valleys of his life, the peaks of his accomplishments soared to towering, unprecedented heights. The light emitting from Hamilton’s tireless soul shone brighter, and hotter, than virtually everyone around him.

It’s difficult to find a better model than Hamilton of a self-made man. He came from nothing. Yet he never stopped learning, improving, or working. And when the cause of freedom most needed him, he served like no other could.

Hamilton and George Washington formed one of the greatest freedom friendships history has ever known, rooted in deep mutual respect and trust. The noble general-statesman who exercised unmatched self-restraint, and the man of rare genius and unbounded, if sometimes misdirected energy, relied on each other.

Hamilton and Washington together showed the rest of us what death-defying courage looks like, and the sacrifices justice sometimes requires. Against this remarkable American friendship, centuries of European theocracy and tyranny had met its match. Poetry could not invent a more beautiful story.

If you’re wondering if I have a man-crush on Hamilton, I do. (Wink.) Hamilton spoke and wrote of matters not merely for his time, but that which cuts across time. We who care about freedom today can learn much from the Hamilton of yesterday. He grasped with unusual clarity that which is always the true foundation of freedom, the natural rights of all men and women rooted in the mysterious freedom of the individual human mind. As he explained:

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature.

I have been asked me on many occasions to offer learning opportunities that can supplement the study of liberty. I have agreed to give it a whirl. And there’s no better subject with which to start than the life and ideas of Hamilton.

This seminar will serve to deepen your own freedom knowledge. It will also serve as a market test to see how much demand there really is for this kind of continuing education in the politics and principles of freedom. What we do in the future will depend much on what we do now. I hope you will join us.

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