From Tom Palmer a couple of years ago, heres both an amusing anecdote about neocon ignorance and a helpful miniature bibliography on the history of the concept of self-ownership:
I once heard Irving Kristol dismiss libertarian ideas of property in ones person as an invention of some hippies in the 1960s.
I challenged him to explain his unusual historical claim in the context of documents such as the Decretal of Innocent IV (c. 1250), the writings of Henry of Ghent (c. 1217-1293), the Defensor Pacis of Marsilius of Padua (1324), the writings of Francisco de Vitoria (De Indis, 1524) and Bartolome de las Casas (In Defense of the Indians, 1550), Richard Overton (An Arrow Against All Tyrants, 1646), John Locke (Two Treatises of Government, 1689), and more.
He looked at his wife, the distinguished historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, who shook her head, and charmingly replied that On the advice of counsel, I decline to answer the question.
P.S. To anyone inclined to contribute to an irrelevant “But Tom Palmer is evil!” — “No, it’s the Rockwellites who are evil!” debate in this talkback: please count to a million first.
So you’re doing repeats now?
Oops, I forgot about that.
Well, at least this time I included the links.
But last time I had a cool picture.
Next time go for the whole thing I guess?
I have to give Kristol props for the self-effacing comeback.
He gets points for that, but he loses all of them (plus more change than with which he had to start) for such a claim as the one he made.