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What Form of Government Do We Have Anyway?

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. I remember some years ago when a certain group of political activists used to go around promoting the idea that "America is...

Federalist Papers No. 55, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, February 13, 1788  As to the total members of the House of Representatives. Is the initial small number of Representatives...

The Road to Collectivism

CLARENCE B. CARSON, IDEAS ON LIBERTY Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part V Americans came upon the road to collectivism by diverse ways and...

How Arms Controllers Would Reach a Budget Agreement

STUART M. BUTLER, PH.D., HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract: America is never going to fix its structural fiscal problems until we recognize that we face a political...

The Supreme Power in the State: Aristotle’s Politics, Bk 3, Prt 12

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Three, Part 10, 350 B.C.E. In all sciences and arts the end is a good, and the greatest...

Plato: The Republic: Book 2

The Republic, By Plato, Written 360 B.C.E., Translated by Benjamin Jowett. Copyright: Public Domain. BOOK 2 Socrates - GLAUCON With these words I was thinking that I had...

Plato: The Republic: Book 1

The Republic, By Plato, Written 360 B.C.E., Translated by Benjamin Jowett. Copyright: Public Domain. BOOK 1 Socrates - GLAUCON I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon...

Antalcidas Crushes Liberty by Deceit: Adams' Defense No. 42

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 42 Ancient Democratical Republics: ANTALCIDAS Dear Sir, IN the year 1774, a...

Antalcidas Crushes Liberty by Deceit: Adams’ Defense No. 42

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 42 Ancient Democratical Republics: ANTALCIDAS Dear Sir, IN the year 1774, a...

Tocqueville: Exterior Form of North America

AMERICANIST HISTORY Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville Volume 1, Chapter 1, Published 1831 North America is divided into two vast regions, one inclining towards the Pole,...

Aristotle: True vs. Perverted Forms of Government

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Aristotle The conclusion is evident: that governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with...

Rome: John Adam's "Defense," No. 36

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 36 Ancient Aristocratical Republics: ROME My dear Sir, DIONYSIUS Halicarnassensis has not...

Rome: John Adam’s “Defense,” No. 36

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 36 Ancient Aristocratical Republics: ROME My dear Sir, DIONYSIUS Halicarnassensis has not...

Sir Thomas Smith, Adam's Defense, No. 34

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 34 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: SIR THOMAS SMITH My...

Sir Thomas Smith, Adam’s Defense, No. 34

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 34 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: SIR THOMAS SMITH My...

What is a State?— Aristotle, Politics, Book 3, Part 1

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: "Politics", Book Three, Part 1, 350 B.C.E. HE who would inquire into the essence and attributes of various kinds of...

Politics, by Aristotle, Book Two

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: "Politics", Book Two, 350 B.C.E. Part I OUR PURPOSE is to consider what form of political community is best of...

Plato: Adams' "Defense" No. 33

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 33 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: PLATO My dear Sir, PLATO...

Plato: Adams’ “Defense” No. 33

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 33 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: PLATO My dear Sir, PLATO...

Dionysius, Valerius: Adams "Defense" No. 32

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 32 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: DIONYSIUS, VALERIUS Dear Sir, DIONYSIUS...

Dionysius, Valerius: Adams “Defense” No. 32

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 32 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: DIONYSIUS, VALERIUS Dear Sir, DIONYSIUS...

A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States: No. 31

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: POLYBIUS Part 2 My dear Sir, THE generation and corruption of governments, which may in...

Unbridled Executive Power: The Ruin of Free Constitutions

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, Samuel Adams The charter of this province recognizes the natural Right of all men to dispose of their property:...

A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 30

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: POLYBIUS My dear Sir, MY design is more extensive than barely to shew the imperfection...

A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 29

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Ancient Republics and Opinions of Philosophers: HARRINGTON My dear Sir, IN searching for the principles of government, we may divide them...

A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, No. 49

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Ancient Aristocratical Republics: CROTONA AND PYTHAGORUS My dear Sir, PYTHAGORAS, as well as Socrates, Plato, and Xenophon, were persuaded that the...

John Adams: A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 28

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Mixed Governments: MONTESQUIEU, SPIRIT OF LAWS, B. II. C. VI. OF THE CONSTITUTION OF ENGLAND. My dear Sir, IN every...

John Adams: A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 27

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Mixed Governments: MACHIAVELLI'S DISCOURSES UPON THE FIRST DECADE OF LIVY. BOOK I. CHAP. 2 My dear Sir, THE whole chapter is...

John Adams: A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 26

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Ancient Republics, and Opinions of Philosophers:  DR RICHARD PRICE Dear Sir, TO demonstrate the necessity of two assemblies in the legislature, as...

John Adams: A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 25

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Ancient Republics, and Opinions of Philosophers:  BENJAMIN FRANKLIN My dear Sir, AS it is impossible to suppose that Mr. Turgot intended to...