The legacy of Hutcheson, an Ulster Scots great…

ULSTER-SCOTS seems to me to have a tendency to cling on to the pathetic, irrational US Tea Party politics these days. But the real radicalism of Presbyterianism – with its strong anti-authoritarianism streak for fairness and equality – influenced the world. It is explored in this fascinating documentary of Saintfield’s Forgotten Revolutionary: Francis Hutcheson. In these harsh economic times, perhaps he is worth re-visiting. He might be one of the world’s leading Ulster Scots – influencing both economist Adam Smith and David Hume – but surely this great thinker is not someone the banjo-strumming DUP or ‘big house’ UUP could lay claim to…?

  • Frustrated Democrat

    NI Conservatives Strangford Association recently held a well attended breakfast to celebrate Hutcheson. His influence on economic theory should be much more widely known as much of Adam Smith’s thinking was influenced by Hutcheson.

  • Carsons Cat

    Well done for managing to look down on the majority of people involved in / interested in Ulster Scots as well as the entirety of the DUP & UUP.

    You must feel very superior and satisfied with yourself today.

    You can take the man out of the Alliance Party…..

  • Lee Reynolds

    Would suggest you do a bit of research into the early work of the Ulster Scots Heritage Council and the work they did around Hutcheson (inclusion in conferences, talks and attemt to get a summer school going in his name). Regrettably it would make most of what you said bollix basically but sure than simple facts won’t challenge the narrow and stereotypical thinking this post displayed.

  • Old Mortality

    ‘ULSTER-SCOTS seems to me to have a tendency to cling on to the pathetic, irrational US Tea Party politics these days.’

    Please elucidate. I can ‘t believe you have the Tea Party’s yearning for minimal government in mind. If only that were so.

    I can see that the DUP would want to keep Hutcheson at arms length seeing as he was at best a very New Lichtie.

  • andnowwhat

    There’s a Presbyterian minister who frequents a very famous bar in Belfast that is very traditionally Irish and I’ve met no man that exemplifies the spirit to which Gonzo refers. Just thinking about it, he would make a fantastic blogger for Slugger. Like many, he is bemused at how at odds with its history, his church and it’s members are.

  • Mike the First

    “ULSTER-SCOTS seems to me to have a tendency to cling on to the pathetic, irrational US Tea Party politics these days”

    Meaning the language? It has a tendency to cling to Tea Party politics?

    I’ll have to add my voice to those asking you to explain that a bit further.

  • JimboJones

    “ULSTER-SCOTS seems to me to have a tendency to cling on to the pathetic, irrational US Tea Party politics these days.”

    In my very best Ulster-Scots, “What r ye on a’boot?”

    I’ve not seen very much “Taxed Enough Already” activity in Northern Ireland at all??

  • Did the radical Hutcheson get lost in the usual sniping, as above?

    Anyone who could bridge John Simson and Adam Smith, take umbrage at Hume, be good mates with Carteret and Molesworth, be a prime mover in modernising teaching at Glasgow, reject an appointment at Edinburgh (for which he was not a candidate), while knocking off seminal texts on logic, metaphysics, moral philosophy and education, must be something of a phenomenon.

    Note that he had to head to Dublin to escape Ulster petty narrowness and find like-minded non-subscribing Presbyterians (and supportive Anglicans).

  • Greenflag

    Not as well known as Frances Hutcheson but one who hailed from Donegal (Inishowen) and who can be claimed as a ‘free thinker’ in his own time .

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Toland