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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...

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

American Minute with Bill Federer On April 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote Democracy...

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...

Democracies open the door to tyranny

American Minute with Bill Federer How Tyrants Arise - a fascinating, in-depth explanation by Plato. Plato was a Greek philosopher who lived in the city-state of...

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...

Gustave Le Bon—The Crowd

Commentary In 1895, French physicist Gustave Le Bon publishes a treatise on mob behavior. Crowds are only powerful for destruction. Their rule is always tantamount to...

The Sphinx

Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, by Nicholas Wapshott BOOK REVIEW BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The complicated strategic struggle...

A Collectivist Curvature of the Mind

Individual Liberty In The Crucible Of History, Part 4 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS   Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, August 01, 1962 Any capable observer should...

Fisher Ames: Dangers of American Liberty—Part III

American Debate Federalist Fisher Ames sends a draft treatise to a friend for review, in which he addresses the dangers he sees to the liberty...

Mark Twain: As Regards Patriotism

Commentary Mark Twain comments on Patriotism.   … men can be trained to manufacture their own Patriotism. They can be trained to labor it out in their...

Nation building in one step? Fuggedaboudit!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP A full measure of liberty is not now perhaps to be expected by your nation, nor am I confident they are prepared...

Korean War halted July 27, 1953

American Minute with Bill Federer "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE" is the inscription on the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Korean War started JUNE 25,...

Character and society in America – how it should be

American Minute with Bill Federer On APRIL APRIL 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote...

Ames: Dangers of American Liberty – Part II

American Debate Federalist Fisher Ames sends a draft treatise to a friend for review, in which he addresses the dangers he sees to the liberty...

Is Democracy Truly The Voice of God?

The whole people have never been unbiased by faction, nor undeluded by the tricks of designing men. And under normal circumstances they never will be... Farrell

Fisher Ames: Dangers of American Liberty—Part I

American Debate Federalist Fisher Ames sends a draft treatise to a friend for review, in which he addresses the dangers he sees to the liberty...

The Prospect for Freedom: Can the U.S. Sustain Its Experiment in Self-Government?

LIBERTY LETTERS OS GUINNESS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract In establishing a free republic, the Founders had to tackle three major tasks. The first task was winning freedom—the objective...

Democracy In America: Introduction – Alexis de Tocqueville

AMERICANIST HISTORY & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Volume 1, AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION AMONG the novel objects that attracted my attention during my stay...

The Pilgrims – by George Bancroft

AMERICANIST HISTORY History of the United States, Vol. I, Ch. 12, by George Bancroft The Pilgrims Our narrative leads us to the manor-house of Scrooby, in Nottinghamshire,...

The Federalist Papers, No. 18: Alexander Hamilton & James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Federalist No. 18, Alexander Hamilton, with James Madison Friday, December 7, 1787 AMONG the confederacies of antiquity, the most considerable was that...

The Federalist Papers, No. 18: Alexander Hamilton & James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Federalist No. 18, Alexander Hamilton, with James Madison Friday, December 7, 1787 AMONG the confederacies of antiquity, the most considerable was that...

Federalist Papers, No. 17 – Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Federalist Paper, No. 17, by Alexander Hamilton Wednesday, December 5, 1787 AN OBJECTION, of a nature different from that which has been...

Plato: On the Relationship of Democracy and Despotism

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Plato On that thing which the American Founding Fathers knew and thus avoided and chose instead a republic, and on...

Farrell: Not License, Leveling, or Democracy

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL It can never be taught too often, nor too loud and clear to family and friend, educator and politician: license...

A Republic’s Great Error: Continuing Any Feature That Increases the Love of Power

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the campaign slogan of 9th President William Henry Harrison, born FEBRUARY 9, 1773. Harrison was an...

A Republic's Great Error: Continuing Any Feature That Increases the Love of Power

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the campaign slogan of 9th President William Henry Harrison, born FEBRUARY 9, 1773. Harrison was an...

More “Civic Engagement”

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III My university is now considering a proposal to make “public service” and “civic engagement” part of the tenure consideration process....

Our Pilgrim Legacy

BY ANDRÉ FRENCH When most Americans entertain the relevance of the Plymouth Pilgrims, images of turkeys and Indians are conjured up. There they are, sitting...

2012 Election Fable—Ian Fletcher

BY IAN FLETCHER Once upon a time there was a republic. Like many republics before and since, it was immensely proud that it was not ruled...

The Arab Fall

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III This past year, when many were waxing euphoric about the “Arab Spring,” I expressed skepticism about the prospects for anything...