The Political Ideas of Simon Bolivar Simon_Bolivar_portrait-777133.jpg

Simon Bolivar lived in a time when words like "liberty" and "equality"were powerful concepts. He was greatly influenced by the American Revolution yet was a harsh critic of the French Revolution. In fact he agreed with many of what the Founding Fathers had in mind for their fledgling country. The only thing he disagreed with was that although he grew up in a wealthy, slave-owning family, he was Obstinately anti-slavery. Bolivar was so moved by the North American Revolution he set out to create a federation of several independent South American States. Bolivar had always considered himself "a classical liberal" and defender of the free market economic system". What can be derived from his speeches, Simon adhered to limited government, separation of powers, religious freedom, property rights, and rule of law. Despite staunchly agreeing in these concepts, he did not believe South America was not "mature" enough to be ruled by many of aforementioned concepts. In South America Bolivar remains immortal, being known as one of the greatest military leaders in history. In fact, an entire political Idea, aptly named Bolivarianism, based after his political ideals, is commonplace in many South American States.

Quick Facts:

  • Simon lived in a time when words like "liberty" and "equality" were powerful concepts
  • Bolivar genuinely believed in the concept, “United we are strong”. Thus, Simon set out to create a federation of several independent South American states.
  • Bolivar described himself in his many letters as a classical "liberal" and defender of the free market economic system.
  • What can be derived from his speeches, Bolivar adhered limited government, the seperation of powers, religious freedom, property rights, and the rule of law.
  • Despite agreeing with many of the aforesaid ideas, Bolivar did not believe South America was "mature" enough to be governed by such principles.

Quotes:

"When mankind was in its infancy, steeped in uncertainty, ignorance, and error, it was possible to foresee what system it would adopt for preservation." -Simon Bolivar

"It is harder to release a nation from servitude than to enslave a free nation." -Simon Bolivar

"Is it conceivable that a newly emancipated people can soar to the heights of liberty, and, unlike Icarus, neither have its wings melt nor fall into an abyss? Such a marvel is inconceivable and without precedent. There is no reasonable probability to bolster our hopes."-Simon Bolivar

Videos:


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Sources:


http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Simon_Bolivar#political_legacy

http://www.policyofliberty.net/quotes1.php

http://www.nalis.gov.tt/Biography/Simon_Bolivar.htm#top

http://www.embavenez-us.org/kids.venezuela/simon.bolivar.htm



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