• 00:01    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:20    |    
  • 00:31    |    
    The historical context of Hume´s support of American independence
    • "Wilkes and Liberty" Riots
    • Animosity between the Scots and the English
  • 03:36    |    
    Enmity between the Scottish and English
    • The original purpose of the union between Scotland and England
    • Literacy in Scotland and resentment from the English
    • David Hume and Adam Smith
    • The animosity toward scotland carries over to America
    • Use of Scottish mercenaries add to the animosity
  • 09:18    |    
    The "Wilkes and Liberty" movement: A significant instance of Anglo-Scottish antagonism
    • History of John Wilkes
      • John Wilkes and William Pitt
      • Wilkes criticizes the King and Lord "Beaut"
      • Wilkes the man
      • Wilkes runs for parliament
        • General warrents
        • Wilkes runs for office while in jail
    • Principles of the "Wilkes and Liberty" movement
    • The Anti-Scottish element in the Wilkes and Liberty movement
    • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
    • The Wilkes Riots
    • Benjamin Franklin
    • The Scottish reaction to the movement
    • The American reaction to the movement
    • "Wilkes and Liberty" Mania
    • The ominous and dangerous air of the Wilkes movement
      • Hume´s assessment of the Wilkes movement
      • The American Revolution: Rooted in Wilkes and Liberty
  • 27:45    |    
    Hume and American secession
    • Hume´s reasons for supporting American independence
    • Public credit
    • The centralization of power due to public credit
    • Ideological character of Wilkes and Liberty
    • Humes support of American independence
      • Hume saw America as essentially self-governing
      • Earliest record of Hume´s support
      • Hume refuses to support harsh measures against the Americans
      • Aside: Hume censures Lord Sandwich
      • The tyranny of subduing the Americans
      • Note: Total War and Mass Democracy
      • Jefferson and Hume
  • 51:14    |    
    Final Words
  • 51:22    |    
    • Given their common theological roots, why were the colonists not more in accord with the Scottish?
    • Why did Adam Smith not support American secession?
    • What explains the difference in the results attained by English colonization in America and India?
    • Comment: Immigration and subjugation
    • How influential was Hume on the American colonists?
    • Mass Democracy and Mass War, is there really a connection?
    • Comment: Milton Friedman on the draft; war between democracies
    • Was there a change in the character of the British?
    • Comment: No good theory about why democracies have not gone to war with one another
    • Did Ramsay´s ideas about Total War effect how the Revolutionary War was fought in the American South?
    • Comment: Democracies, republics and rights
    • Was the American Revolution justified? If there had been no revolution, would we have been better or worse off?
  • 01:22:47    |    
    Final words
  • 01:22:52.5    |    
    Final credits

Hume and the Secession of the American Colonies

New Media  | 19 de abril de 2006  | Vistas: 3431

About this video

Donald Livingston lectures on David Hume’s views on the secession of the American colonies. He provides a brief historical context in which he explains the animosity between the Scottish and the English and also comments on the Wilkes and Liberty Riots – the English civil conflict that later influenced the American secession. He talks about the original purpose of the union between Scotland and England, the resentment from the English towards the Scottish, and how such ill feeling was carried over to America. Furthermore, Livingston analyzes the Wilkes and Liberty movement by explaining who John Wilkes was, the principles of such movement and the anti-Scottish element that dwelled in such association. Finally, he speaks about the reason why Hume supported the independence of the United States.


Hume and the Secession of the American Colonies
Donald Livingston

Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, April 19, 2006

A New MediaUFM production. Guatemala, April 2006
Camera 1: Jorge Samayoa; camera 2: Rodrigo Escalante; digital editing: Alexander Arauz; index: Andrew Humphries; synopsis: Sebastian del Buey; synopsis reviser: Daphne Ortiz; publication: Pedro David España


Donald Livingston is an American philosophy professor at Emory University that…