17th century British Member of Parliament


Algernon Sydney - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Algernon Sydney (or Sidney), (January 1623 - December 7, 1683), was an English politician, an opponent of King Charles II of England. A son of the Earl of Leicester, and the great-nephew of Sir Philip Sidney, he is thought to have been born at Penshurst Place in Kent. During the English Civil War, he joined the army of Parliament, but became critical of Oliver Cromwell's leadership. ..."


Jan 1623, in Penshurst Place, Kent, England


7 Dec 1683, in London


Algernon Sidney: Forgotten Founding Father, by Chris Baker, The Freeman, Oct 1997
"Sidney was a pioneer in natural rights theory. ... Agreeing with Aristotle that man is a rational animal, Sidney believed that a life of virtue was a life of reason. ... John and Samuel Adams, George Mason, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin all acknowledged Sidney's influence on American political thought."
The Growth of Libertarian Thought, by Murray N. Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty
Volume II, Part II "Intercolonial Developments", Chapter 33: Starts by considering the influence of English writers Sidney and Locke and then considers Trenchard and Gordon's Cato's Letters
"Algernon Sidney was one of the leading theorists of the Republican movement in seventeenth-century England. ... Revolution to Sidney was not an evil but the people's great weapon for the overthrow of tyranny ... There was nothing sacred about governments, which on the contrary should be changed as required."
Related Topic: John Locke

Books Authored

Discourses Concerning Government, 1698
Partial contents: To depend upon the will of a man is slavery - God leaves to man the choice of forms in Government - That 'tis natural for Nations to govern, or to choose Governors - Government is not instituted for the good of the Governor
Related Topic: Government