The Acton Institute writes, regarding Noah Webster (1758–1843):
"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed. The Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."
For Webster, the preservation of property was one of the chief ends of good government: "To render every man free, there must be energy enough in the executive, to restrain any man and any body of men from injuring the person or property of any individual in society." Indeed, Webster held that the preservation of private property is one of the surest bulwarks against the encroachment of liberty and that all other rights are "inferior considerations, when compared with a general distribution of real property among every class of people." Insofar as property is a result of man's labor, taking another's property without his consent or compensation is tantamount to enslaving him. Thus Webster concludes: "Let the people have property and they will have power -- a power that will forever be exerted to prevent the abridgment of any other privilege..."
Furthermore, Webster thought a virtuous and well-educated citizenry ensured the preservation of freedom. "Information is fatal to despotism," he wrote, and part of his life's labor was the writing and publishing of textbooks to be used in local schools and in homes that would convey the rudiments of spelling and grammar, as well as provide both moral formation and civic education. These latter projects were pivotal for Webster: "The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head."
Noah Webster (1758-1843)
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