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America’s Republic: How the Great Experiment Came About (and How We Keep It)

A brief history of America, its founding documents, and what we can do to keep the flame of liberty burning bright. BY LAWRENCE W. REED I...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism,...

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,...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism,...

Of Virtue and Morality, by Clarence Carson

THE AMERICAN TRADITION: CLARENCE CARSON Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date 01 March 1964 Writers in the twentieth century have often entertained them­selves (and presumably their...

Origin and Title to the Territories of the Colonies

Commentaries On The Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, LL.D. Book I, Chapter 1 § 1. THE discovery of the Continent of America...

Is the majority ALWAYS right?

Thomas Jefferson Leadership ... where two measures are equally right, it is a duty to the people to adopt that one which is most agreeable...

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 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...

Thomas Paine on Just War

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In his 1776 bestseller “Common Sense," Thomas Paine cautions his fellow Americans that “a long habit of not thinking a...

Samuel Adams: “Matters of this kind…are Serious Things”

They Were Believers, Samuel Adams, 1778 In this letter to the Earl of Carlisle and Others, Samuel Adams responds as to the justness of their...

Samuel Adams: "Matters of this kind…are Serious Things"

They Were Believers, Samuel Adams, 1778 In this letter to the Earl of Carlisle and Others, Samuel Adams responds as to the justness of their...

James Wilson—Of The Natural Rights Of Individuals

Foundations of the United States Constitution James Wilson—signator of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, drafter of the U.S. Constitution, and an...

Cooper—On the Moral Responsibility of the Press

American Thought James Fenimore Cooper returns from Europe to publish an open letter to his fellow Americans. THERE is one thing in Cooper I like, too,...

Abraham Lincoln or the Progressives: Who was the real father of big government?

ALLEN C. GUELZO, FIRST PRINCIPLES Abstract: Early Progressives co-opted Abraham Lincoln’s legacy to justify their program of expansive government powers over American life. In so...

Madison: Vices of the Political System of the United States

Liberty Letters, James Madison VICES OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES, 16 APRIL 1787 James Madison to George Washington (also, a copy taken by...

Sam Adams: How to Deserve and Enjoy Liberty

Liberty Letters, Samuel Adams The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people;...

Jefferson & Washington on the Morality of the National Debt

Liberty Letters with Steve Farrell American Founder Thomas Jefferson, discussing the so-called morality of a national debt — what some dare to describe in our...

Jefferson & Washington on the Morality of the National Debt

Liberty Letters with Steve Farrell American Founder Thomas Jefferson, discussing the so-called morality of a national debt — what some dare to describe in our...

Madison: Checking rulers, passion, human error, and leveling

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 26 June 1787 In order to judge of the form to be given to this institution, it will be proper to...

Senate and the House: The Founders Balancing Act

Liberty Letters, Federal Farmer 11, 1788 The senate, as a legislative branch, is not large, but as an executive branch quite too numerous. It is...

Ben Franklin: Duty & Calling of Training Youth in Wisdom & Virtue

Liberty Letters, Benjamin Franklin, 1750 I think with you, that nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up...

Ben Franklin: Duty & Calling of Training Youth in Wisdom & Virtue

Liberty Letters, Benjamin Franklin, 1750 I think with you, that nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up...

Thomas Jefferson on “the Precepts of Jesus”

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson, 1820 I hold the precepts of Jesus, as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have...

Thomas Jefferson on "the Precepts of Jesus"

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson, 1820 I hold the precepts of Jesus, as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have...

Madison: Greatest Trust Ever Confided to a Political Society

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 1783 Let it be remembered, finally, that it has ever been the pride and boast of America, that the rights for...

John Adams—On Economic Policy

American Thought John Adams refers an old friend and political opponent to his views on economic and monetary policies. I beg leave to refer you to...

Bancroft: A Plea for the Constitution of the United States

Wounded in the House of Its Guardians by George Bancroft,  1884 INTRODUCTION Good money must have an intrinsic value. The United States of America cannot make its...

James Madison: Is There No Virtue Among Us?

Liberty Letters, James Madison Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form...

Momentary Passions and Fatal Precedents

Liberty Letters, Alexander Hamilton Nothing is more common than for a free people, in times of heat and violence, to gratify momentary passions, by letting...