Equal Rights For All. Special Privileges for None.
The phrase "Equal Rights For All. Special Privileges For None," originated in the late 1820s and captured the essence of political reforms desired by the supporters of Andrew Jackson.
In the late 1880s, an organization of American citizens, primarily farmers from the South and Southwest, recognized that the existing system of agricultural debt peonage was unfair. Like Andrew Jackson's followers, the farmers initially focused on a series of political reforms, called the Ocala Platform, which were intended to correct the abuses they saw in both the political and economic systems.
The intent of the reforms were directed at curbing the concentration of political power exercised by financial and industrial corporations by providing for stronger Federal government regulations of market behavior.
One of the leaders of the southern agrarian movement, Tom Watson, of Georgia, revived the phrase "Equal Rights For All. Special Privileges For None," and placed it in the masthead of his newspaper.
The purpose of this book is to start over in American history, at the point of the anti-federalist arguments, and re-examine the Populist's legacy of fair political participation, and to explore the question of the relationship between the pursuit of individual self interest, free market economics, and the constitutional public purpose.
The book's main argument is that the adoption of the anti-federalist/agrarian arguments against centralized government would have been a better pathway to preserve individual freedom than Madison's constitutional rules of procedure.
About the Author
GABBY Press is the publishing company of The Citizens Liberty Party News Network. The Gabby website is owned by Laurie Thomas Vass, the General Partner, and author of books at Gabby Press and of articles at CLPnewsnetwork.com.
She is a regional economist and a constitutional economist. Her political ideology is natural rights conservative.
She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Regional Planning.
She was a solo practitioner registered investment advisor for 30 years. She was cited by Peter Tanous, in The Wealth Equation, as one of the top 100 private money managers in the nation.
She is the inventor and holder of a research method patent on selecting technology stocks for investment.
Method of Identifying A Universe of Stocks for Inclusion Into An Investment Portfolio
United States Patent 7,251,627
Vass July 31, 2007
The method explained in her patent is based upon her theory of how technology evolves.
She is the author of 12 books and over 130 scholarly articles on the Social Science Research Network author platform, and is currently ranked in the top 1.1% of over 580,000 economic authors, worldwide, on the SSRN platform.
In addition to her interest in economics, she also has an interest in North Carolina history and public policy issues. Many of her articles and books about North Carolina are archived in the Carolina Collection at Wilson Library at UNC.
She has an interest in the topic of entrepreneurship. One of her early economic research papers, written for the North Carolina Department of Labor, included the policy guidelines for creating what eventually became The North Carolina Council For Entrepreneurial Development.
Prior to starting her investment advisory company, she was a regional economist and advisor to the Board of Directors of B.C. Hydro, and also served as an economic advisor to the N. C. Commissioner of Labor. She learned the retail stock trade as a broker, at E. F. Hutton.