I've been reading Mark David Ledbetter, America's Forgotten History, Part 1: Foundations. He makes a reasoned case for a libertarian view of the benefits of weak government in a more strict adherence to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. He discusses the efficacy of the state militias in winning the Revolutionary War, and argues that the strong government that Hamilton favored was based on a mercantilist view of economics which required a strong government, but that this mercantilist view has long been superceded by capitalism of one variety or the other. Nonetheless, he laments, the Hamiltonian view of a strong central government, and with it cycles of recession, debt, and limitations on freedom has prevailed in the 20th and now 21st centuries. Ledbetter maintains that our prosperity and liberty would be better served by returning to the limited government as envisioned by the creators of the Constitution.