When the “Lord Protector” turned out to be the worst tyrant of all, by Simon Black

It’s not too late to vote with your feet. From Simon Black at sovereignman.com:

In early 1657, a young farmer from southeastern England named John Washington boarded a small merchant vessel bound for the English colonies in North America.

Officially he was supposed to be part of a minor trade voyage to transport tobacco to the colonies.

But secretly John had no intention of ever returning home. He wanted to sail as far away from England as he could.

Britain in the 1657 was a pretty miserable place. A series of civil wars throughout the 1640s had left the country impoverished and chaotic, leading to the dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell.

Cromwell, in theory, was supposed to be on the side of the commoners who wanted to limit the power of the monarchy. But after installing himself as “Lord Protector” in 1653, Cromwell turned out to be more dangerous and autocratic than even the most tyrannical of kings.

He fought costly, unnecessary wars of ego, and paid for it all by raising taxes far beyond his predecessors. Yet despite the high taxes, he ran a massive budget deficit and further indebted the country.

Cromwell waged genocide against Irish Catholics, while hypocritically preaching unity and tolerance.

His administration jumped into bed with big business (like the East India Company, which “loaned” him the princely sum of 60,000 pounds), yet over-regulated artisans, merchants, and small shopkeepers.

He even confiscated property of those who couldn’t PROVE that they had been loyal to him.

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