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What are the ONLY objects of a legitimate government?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … a part of my occupation, & by no means the least pleasing, is the direction of the studies of such young...

Elisha Williams: The Great End of Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Elisha Williams, 1744 I shall first, briefly consider the Origin and End of Civil Government. First, as to the origin—–Reason...

Mortimer Adler: On Anarchy

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER What most people have in mind when they use the word "anarchist" is the image of a bomb-throwing revolutionist. They do...

The Trouble With Kings

New World Witness for Jesus Christ Mosiah proposes that judges be chosen in place of a king—Unrighteous kings lead their people into sin—Alma the...

The Body of Liberties—1641

Background of the American Revolution In December, 1641, the Puritans pass the first code of law in New England. This session continued three weeks, and established...

Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic forecasting firm DRI/McGraw-Hill. It was fun work, but...

Attack of the NGOs

BY TOM DEWEESE Who are these None governmental Organizations (NGOs) shock troops and how do they operate? It’s a vast matrix composed of both the...

Elisha Williams: The Great End of Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Elisha Williams, 1744 I shall first, briefly consider the Origin and End of Civil Government. First, as to the origin—–Reason...

Women's suffrage – a brief history

American Minute with Bill Federer 6,000 years of recorded world history reveal the most common form of government is monarchy. The most powerful monarch ever was...

Women’s suffrage – a brief history

American Minute with Bill Federer 6,000 years of recorded world history reveal the most common form of government is monarchy. The most powerful monarch ever was...

Senseless in Seattle: The Minimum-Wage Follies

ROGER PILON, CATO INSTITUTE “Meet the Marxist behind Seattle’s wage hike,” read the headline of the lead item at CNN Money late this morning. It...

Is the Constitution Relevant Today?

DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE In the Washington Post, Paul Kane reports that recent experiences with ultra-conservative Senate candidates have made Republican leaders fearful of candidates...

Samuel Adams On "The Only True Basis of All Government"

THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Writing in the Boston Gazette on December 19, 1768, Samuel Adams declared, what every school in America once in...

Samuel Adams On “The Only True Basis of All Government”

THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Writing in the Boston Gazette on December 19, 1768, Samuel Adams declared, what every school in America once in...

A Fable: The Ass and His Master

The ASS and His OLD MASTER. ————— UPON a Change of Government in any State, the poorer Sort change only the Name of their Master. The...

WaPo’s Bridge Story Is Structurally Deficient

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Oh dear, yet another scare story about falling-down bridges. A Washington Post headline today in the hardcopy is “63,000 Bridges Structurally...

White House Helicopter Fleet

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Did you know that the White House has a fleet of 19 helicopters? The Washington Post today discusses efforts to replace...

SCOTUS: Government Can’t Tell You that You Talk Too Much

MATTHEW CLARK, ACLJ Today in a major decision upholding free speech, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 striking down aggregate limits on federal campaign contributions. While you...

Civil Government is of God, Tyranny of Man – Benjamin Colman

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS GOD hath set: As well in the nature of things, as in his word. Government is not a creature...

Federalist Papers No. 40, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Friday, January 18, 1788 The Authority of the Convention THE second point to be examined is, whether the convention were authorized to...

Federalist Papers No. 38, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS Saturday, January 12, 1788 Concerning the Difficulties of the Convention in Devising a Proper Form of Government and the Incoherence of the...

Congress Reminds India of the Importance of its Religious Plurality

JORDAN SEKULOW, ACLJ This year, as the people of India prepare to elect a new Prime Minister, the United States House of Representatives is reminding...

Is an activist government the solution? Or the problem?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. Source: To James Madison, December 20, 1787 Patrick...

Americans Should Care About Ferry Fight Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

LIBERTY ALERT, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—A notorious U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down more than 140 years ago first opened the way for massive...

The Test of Right and Wrong – Albert E. Bowen

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Albert E. Bowen Are there not, in reality, underlying, universal principles with reference to which all issues must be...

What Would It Cost to Eliminate All Risk in the World?

CHRISTOPHER A. PREBLE, CATO INSTITUTE I could not write that headline without chuckling to myself, but this is no laughing matter for some members of Congress....

Which is best: More? Or Less?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP We have thought hitherto that the roads of a state could not be so well administered even by the state legislature as...

Protecting Property – The Very Purpose of Our Republic

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Publishers Note: An earlier version of this essay was published on July 17, 2001 at NewsMax.com & elsewhere on the...

Do you obey because of duty … or fear?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … but I expect all will go off with impunity. if our government ever fails, it will be from this weakness. no...

Milton Friedman on the Proper Role of Government

FREE ENTERPRISE ZONE, FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES Milton Friedman, 1991 "The proper role of government is exactly what John Stuart Mill said in the middle of the nineteenth...

Anarchy: A Great Evil – True Government: A Friend of Liberty

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 18TH CENTURY SERMONS Excerpt from An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty, by Isaac Backus 1773 It is supposed by multitudes, that in...

What’s a government to do?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general...

Are you a republican [small r]?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP …  the republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of...

Government: America’s New God

LLOYD MARCUS, PROUD UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN I was around nine years old when dad took me to see the movie, “The Ten Commandments” starring Charlton Heston...

Does Uncle Sam really know best?

Honest leaders recognize the need for close public scrutiny. "Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government..."

Traveling abroad, Part 6: Do the politics help … or hinder the people?

"... Take every possible occasion for entering the houses of the laborers, and especially at moments of their repast [meals]; see what they eat, how they are clothed, whether they are ...

The best government is …. what?

"… the way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to ... "

HHS Mandate Lawsuit Tidal Wave

GEOFFREY SURTEES, ACLJ Today, twelve lawsuits were filed in federal courts around the country challenging the HHS mandate requiring health insurance plans to include coverage...

Scripture On Government

Just War, Rebellion, and the American Revolution: John Keown and Modern Critiques on whether the War of Independence was Just. Part Two: Scripture and Rebellion,...

John Locke: Freedom of Men Under Government

Daily Dabble in the Classics, John Locke Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one...