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How Marx Got on the Wrong Side of History

BY RICHARD M. EBELING Those who speak about being on the “right side of history” have, knowingly or not, adopted a central element in Karl...

Ten Transgender Truths for Legislators and Concerned Citizens

BY SELWYN DUKE Whether you’re a lawmaker considering a “bathroom bill” or some other “transgender”-oriented legislation, or a citizen pondering a vote influencing the matter,...

Musical Theory and Musical Judgment—Both Optional at Harvard

JOSHUA F. DRAKE, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES The department of music at Harvard University recently revised its curriculum. Music theory and counterpoint—once the bedrock...

Why Morality is the Only Thing We Should Legislate

BY SELWYN DUKE “You can’t legislate morality!” is a common battle cry today. It’s thought to be a quintessentially American idea, even though the Founding...

Patriotism And Freedom: A Libertarian Defence of National Sovereignty

BY PHILIP VANDER ELST Editor's Note: The following essay previously appeared in our predecessor publication "The Moral Liberal" on August 8, 2016. With the formal...

Augustine: Searching for Truth and Wisdom

BY LAWRENCE W. REED To write about a man known chiefly as a theologian — a bishop in the early Catholic Church, no less —...

The Great ‘Christian Terrorist’ Unicorn Hunt

BY SELWYN DUKE It’s amazing how stupid smart people can seem when intent on putting a square peg in a round hole. This is seen...

Freedom and community: a Conservative perspective

BY PHILIP VANDER ELST Living as we do in the age of the Internet and 24/7 radio and television, our lives and perspectives are now...

Federalist Papers, No. 3, John Jay

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS November 3, 1787 Plea for Union Continued IT IS not a new observation that the people of any country (if, like the...

Federalist Papers, No. 2, John Jay

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, October 31, 1787 Plea for Union WHEN the people of America reflect that they are now called upon to decide a...

A Guide to Reading John Locke’s Concerning Civil Government: Second Essay

By Mortimer J. Adler and Peter Wolff In the history of human liberty, Locke's essay Concerning Civil Government stands out not only as a great...

Federalist Papers, No. 1, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS To the People of the State of New York—October 27, 1787 Introduction AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the...

Three Cheers for Trade and None for TPP

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Last month, retired Rep. John Linder wrote a clear-headed article about the benefits of trade. A week-and-a-half later, FedEx founder and CEO, Frederick...

Patriotism and Freedom

A libertarian defence of national sovereignty BY PHILIP VANDER ELST Three quarters of a century ago, when Britain was fighting for her life and the freedom...

Do Unions Really Raise Wages?

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson— Chapter Nineteen The power of labor unions to raise wages over the long run and for the...

5 Ideas at the Heart of Socialism

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN The good news is that more millennials are skeptical of economic intervention than trust the government to improve anything. The...

Undermining The Foundations of Individual Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 2 BY CLARENCE CARSON Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, 01 June 1962 The ideas which would, in time,...

Democrazy: Venezuala Needs a Military Coup

BY SELWYN DUKE With Venezuela spinning out of control, it’s said that U.S. officials fear a military coup. We ought to ask “Why?” Democracy on the...

The Activity of God—Jonathan Dolhenty

(Note: The following is a presentation of the classical Thomistic doctrine of philosophical theology for those who are unacquainted with it. Knowledge of the...

Bernie the Bigot?

BY MARK HENDRICKSON I abhor the name calling that degrades our political discourse, especially in election years; hence, the question mark in the title. I...