owning land, a job
from Insanity, the Job Culture, and Freedom by Claire Wolfe James Madison, the father of the Bill of Rights, wrote:
“The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy. They are more: They are the best basis of public liberty, and the strongest bulwark of public safety. It follows, that the greater the proportion of this class to the whole society, the more free, the more independent, and the more happy must be the society itself.”
Madison was speaking specifically about independent farmers, but he was also a believer in the independent entrepreneur – and for the same reasons.