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500 Years of Religious Liberty…will it make it another 500 years?

BY ALLEN WEST I reiterate my sincere condolences and prayers for those who so tragically had their lives taken from them in Las Vegas. To...

Impressed on the sense of every man …

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, THOMAS JEFFERSON ...ur, right to life, liberty, the use of our faculties, the pursuit of happiness, is not left to the feeble...

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...

Of Rights and Responsibilities – Clarence Carson

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS The American Tradition: Part 11 Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date 01 February 1964 Ideas that have come unsprung from...

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT and HUMAN RIGHTS

by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Is the imposition of the death penalty on an individual for committing certain particularly heinous crimes against society a violation of...

First Law of Nature

Natural Rights St. George Tucker, a Revolutionary War commander and lawyer from Virginia, comments on the absolute right to self defense as it relates to...

A Rebirth of Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 6 CLARENCE B. CARSON, IDEAS ON LIBERTY But Surely, I will be told, even if a rebirth of...

The Subject of Our Controversy with the Mother Country

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PAMPHLETS, LETTERS, QUOTES Alexander Hamilton, December 15, 1774 ... Before I proceed to confirm this assertion by the most obvious arguments, I will...

Of Rights: Natural and Arbitrary – Clarence B. Carson

CLARENCE B. CARSON, IDEAS ON LIBERTY The number of rights to which Americans are entitled appears to be increasing rapidly. Almost any current magazine or...

Mortimer J. Adler: The Good Life and the Good Society

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Politics is sometimes regarded as the sovereign or controlling discipline in the practical order -- the order of action. It...

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...

Traveling abroad, Part 6: Do the politics help … or hinder the people?

"... Take every possible occasion for entering the houses of the laborers, and especially at moments of their repast [meals]; see what they eat, how they are clothed, whether they are ...

Can men under God remain oppressors forever?

"…There must doubtless be an unhappy influence on the manners of our people produced by the existence of slavery among us…"

How do the poor people live?

- Wise leaders seek to understand people and their situations. Jefferson was on a long walk to a neighboring village in France when he encountered this woman. He was always interested in how people lived, so he questioned her as they walked on together. She was all-too-representative of the European poor who had nothing ...

Can I get an “Amen!,” somebody?

Thomas Jefferson's Leadership The earth belongs always to the living generation. They may manage it, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during their...

Ilana Mercer’s, Into the Cannibal’s Pot

BY JACK KERWICK Ilana Mercer’s, Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa, is an unusual book. Yet it is unusual in the...

Sam Adams: Right to Life, Liberty, Property Under God

LIBERTY LETTERS, SAMUEL ADAMS, 1772 Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property;...

An Overview of Natural Law

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, Ph.D. Natural law theory is one of the most important theories in the philosophy of Classical Realism. It is also widely misunderstood...

Rendering to Caesar What is Caesar’s and to God What is God’s

BY CONOR MACCORMACK "Then they sent to Him (Jesus) some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words. When they had...

William Blackstone: The Third Absolute Right

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, William Blackstone, 1765 The third absolute right, inherent in every Englishman, is that of property: which consists in the...