In Gerwarth's hopeful narrative, the fates have not issued their verdict, judgements have not been rendered, nor the scales tipped in favor of evil.
There would be no “social” in Europe’s “social market economy” without the strictly market-friendly rules essential for economic efficiency.
While Blackstone was a source for many, it was definitely not the only or even most important source the drafters of the Declaration had in mind.
Hans Eicholz is a historian and Liberty Fund Senior Fellow. He is the author of Harmonizing Sentiments: The Declaration of Independence and the Jeffersonian Idea of Self-Government (2001), and a contributor to The Constitutionalism of American States (2008).