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Cicero—True Law

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS WITH STEVE FARRELL We live in a time where revolutionary forces are attempting to convince mankind that there are no...

Do You Have a Constitutional Right to Follow the President on Twitter?

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE Several Twitter users blocked by President Trump have threatened to file suit, alleging that his Twitter account constitutes a public forum,...

Bastiat: Defining Law, Its Source, Its Legitimate Role and Limits

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL French Philosopher Frédéric Bastiat loved to get to the root of things.  In his 1852 classic "The Law" he teaches: It is...

“The Law” Begins with God

by Steve Farrell Sometimes secularism sounds legitimate. One of the more thoughtful arguments used by proponents of a secular state, or of a state that mandates...

Law Defined—Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, NOAH WEBSTER 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language LAW, noun 1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by...

Law Defined—Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, NOAH WEBSTER 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language LAW, noun 1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by...

Bastiat: God, ‘The Law’, and the Rights of Man

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Sometimes secularism sounds legitimate. One of the more thoughtful arguments used by proponents of a secular state, or of a state...

Bastiat: God, 'The Law', and the Rights of Man

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Sometimes secularism sounds legitimate. One of the more thoughtful arguments used by proponents of a secular state, or of a state...

Morality and the Law: A Partnership

BY STEVE FARRELL “I suppose persons who mouth the slogan think they are saying something profound. In fact, if that is an argument at...

Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can’t put the security of families...

The Mistake of Unilateral Divorce

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY Many Americans fondly remember Ronald Reagan as one of our greatest presidents, and rightly so, but in my new book, Who Killed...

Conflict Between the Circuits on Gay Marriage

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the...

Abuse of Dominance by Patentees: A Pro-Innovation Perspective

ALDEN ABBOTT, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Antitrust issues (referred to interchangeably here as competition issues) are an increasingly important consideration for intellectual property (IP) owners. Such issues...

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...

Cicero: One Law for All

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, CICERO In the last years of the Roman Republic, Marcus Tullius Cicero, penned his dialogue De Legibus (On the Laws)....

Will Congress Allow Hawaii to Expand Racial Discrimination?

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE I’ve written before about the curious and recurring desire of some Hawaiians to treat other Hawaiians differently based on the quantum...

Elect Good Men Who Will Obey and Uphold the Law

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS, HEBER J. GRANT I pray for our country and ask the Lord to bless those who preside in the...

Of the Countries Subject to the Laws of England

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Introduction, Section 4 1765-1769 The kingdom of England, over which our...

Justice Scalia on Anonymous 911 Tipsters

TIM LYNCH, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Today, the Supreme Court decided Prado Navarette v. California, a Fourth Amendment search case.  The Fourth Amendment limits the government’s power...

Of the Nature of Laws in General – William Blackstone

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS (1765-1769) Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Introduction, Section 2 Law, in its most general and...

On the Study of the Law, by William Blackstone

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4): Introduction, Section 1 Lecture delivered at Oxford at the opening...

Liberty In Law

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL For generations, in the singing of Katherine Lee Bates "America, the Beautiful," (1) Americans encouraged each other to exercise freedom...

Fifty Years Ago Yesterday …

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE …the U.S. Supreme Court handed down what was to become one of its most celebrated tort reform decisions. A profitable national manufacturer...

Joseph Story, the Natural Law, and Modern Jurisprudence

DIARMUID F. O'SCANNLAIN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract As a natural law thinker, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story believed that human nature is inherent and unchangeable. Story wrote...

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...

A Sermon for the General Day of Election: David Tappan

Called Unto Liberty, David Tappan: 1792, Founding Era Sermons The son of a Congregational minister, Tappan was born in Manchester, Massachusetts, and was graduated in...

The Direct Definition of a Slave – Samuel Adams

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PAMPHLETS, LETTERS, QUOTES Sam Adams, July 16, 1788 For your use I subjoin the following creed of every good American :—I believe that...

When All Other Standards Will Fail – Orson Pratt

Called Unto Liberty, 19th Century Sermons, Orson Pratt The only way for us is to have a true standard, which must be from heaven—a standard...

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...

Anti-Bullying Laws are Hurting School Counselors

BY IZZY KALMAN Counselors are thrilled with anti-bullying laws until they face reality I have worked in schools since 1978, and I have always treated the...

The Legal Positivism Of The Elite: A Slippery Slope Toward Tyranny

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON The doctrine of legal positivism may seem to us to be an irrelevant, abstruse philosophical exercise confined to the ivory towers...

Roger Williams: As to Liberty and Its Counterfeit, License

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Editor's Introduction: In January of 1655, while Roger Williams was serving as President of the Town of Providence (Rhode Island),...

Montclair State Wrongly Cites Anti-Bullying Law to Justify Student’s Suspension

SAMANTHA HARRIS, THE FIRE The case of Montclair State University student Joseph Aziz—who has been suspended from the university as the result of unflattering social...

Be Thankful—Father Frank Pavone

BY FR. FRANK PAVONE This week we observe Thanksgiving Day. We rejoice in the God who has given us life and freedom. The Founding Fathers...

Thomas Jefferson: Departing from principle in one instance

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on,...

George Washington on the Duty to Obey Law

Liberty Letters, George Washington Respect for its authority, compliance with its Laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true...

All Kingdoms Have a Law Given

Called Unto Liberty, 19th Century Sermons, Joseph Smith Jr. All kingdoms have a law given; And there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in...

A Big Win for Endangered Children at the Super Bowl

NATHANAEL BENNETT, ACLJ The ACLJ is pleased to have participated in crafting new legislation to protect children from the horrors of human trafficking in Indiana...

When Clarence Thomas Came for a Visit

Mark W. Hendrickson, The Center for Vision and Values On Tuesday, November 15, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited Grove City College. (1) I had...

New Hampshire, by Joseph Story

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE § 78. Having gone into a full consideration...