America’s first individualist anarchist featured on Wikipedia

AnneHutchinsonTrialWikipedia‘s featured article today is on Anne Hutchinson (1591–1643). Not only that, but their quote of the day is by Anne Hutchinson: “If you please to give me leave I shall give you the ground of what I know to be true.”

You have to read the full article to find buried, and in a single line, this about her: according to Murray Rothbard, Hutchinson was America’s first individualist anarchist.

Read his article about her, excerpted from Conceived in Liberty.

(This isn’t just Rothbard’s pet theory, by the way. Eunice Minette Schuster came to the same conclusion about Hutchinson and the antinomians in general in her 1932 book Native American Anarchism.)

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