John Taylor of Caroline (1753-1824) was one of the foremost philosophers of the States’ rights Jeffersonians of the early national period. In keeping with his lifelong mission as a “minority man,” John Taylor wrote Tyranny Unmasked not only to assault the protective tariff and the mercantilist policies of the times but also “to examine general principles in relation to commerce, political economy, and a free government.” Originally published in 1822, it is the only major work of Taylor’s that has never before been reprinted. As an early discussion of the principles of governmental power and their relationship to political economy and liberty, Tyranny Unmasked is an important primary source in the study of American history and political thought.
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Tyranny Unmasked, ed. F.Thornton Miller (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1992).
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Table of Contents
- A Note on the Text
- Selected Bibliography
- Preface to the First Edition
- Tyranny Unmasked
- Section One: Unmasking the Protecting-Tariff Policy and Its Advocates from Many Perspectives
- Section Two: Arguments Against the Protecting Duty Summarized Through an Analysis of Its Major Consequences
- 1.: Protecting Duties Are Unconstitutional
- 2.: Manufactures Are Injurious to Morals, and Produce Pauperism
- 3.: No Further Protection Necessary
- 4.: The Increase of Duties Will Lead to Smuggling
- 5.: A Tax on the Many, a Bounty to the Few
- 6.: A Restrictive System
- 7.: Destroy Revenue
- 8.: Ruin Commerce
- 9.: Destroy Agriculture
- Section Three: A General Discussion of Tyranny and the Choice that Americans Face