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Christianity and Freedom: A Personal View

BY PHILIP VANDER ELST For decades, many observers of the contemporary cultural scene have been rightly concerned about the growing evidence that materially advanced Western...

Revolutionary socialism and sexual politics

BY PHILIP VANDER ELST ‘Social liberalism’ has become the universally accepted label applied to all those in the western democracies who support the Left’s political...

Authority in Magistrates, Liberty in the People, Purity in the Church – John Cotton

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 17TH CENTURY SERMONS John Cotton, 1636 In 1636 letter to Lord Say and Seale, John Cotton, addressing concerns about the theocratic tendencies in the...

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...

Bastiat: Defining Law, Its Source, Its Legitimate Role and Limits

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL French Philosopher Frédéric Bastiat loved to get to the root of things.  In his 1852 classic "The Law" he teaches: It is...

Bastiat: The Gentle and Rough Hand of the State

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Many today look to the state for for a hand up, hand out, or for some other sort of privilege...

Liberty and Taxes

THE AMERICANIST: U.S. CONSTITUTION, BRADFORD SMITH Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, March 01, 1963 The American society is founded on the idea of individual liberty....

Liberty and Responsibility are Inseparable

Daily Dabble in the Classics, F.A. Hayek Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also...

Rousseau on Keeping Up Appearances

Tyranny Unmasked, Jean Jacques Rousseau Let believe that he is always in control, though it is always you who really controls. There is...

Elisha Williams: The Great End of Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Elisha Williams, 1744 I shall first, briefly consider the Origin and End of Civil Government. First, as to the origin—–Reason...

National Law of the Harvest

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL There is a Christian Church in America that contends, as did many of our Christian forefathers, that America "is a...

Bastiat: God, ‘The Law’, and the Rights of Man

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Sometimes secularism sounds legitimate. One of the more thoughtful arguments used by proponents of a secular state, or of a state...

Bastiat: God, 'The Law', and the Rights of Man

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Sometimes secularism sounds legitimate. One of the more thoughtful arguments used by proponents of a secular state, or of a state...

Federalist Papers No. 74, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, March 25, 1788 Command of the Military and Naval Forces, and Pardoning Power of the President THE President of the United...

The Defamation of the American Tradition

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date November 01, 1962 Many of the departures from the American tradition came...

I Prefer Security to Freedom

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 12 Many people wander unwittingly into socialism, gulled by assumptions they have not tested. One popular...

Declaration of Belief Regarding Governments & Laws In General

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 19TH CENTURY SERMONS, CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS August 17, 1835 A declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general,...

A Rebirth of Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 6 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date: Oct. 01, 1962 But Surely,...

Rich People Have an Obligation to Give Back

Clichés of Progressivism, Part 11 LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN For a society that has fed, clothed, housed, cared for, informed, entertained, and otherwise enriched more...

John Wilkes—The Warning

Background of the American Revolution Shortly after the First Continental Congress concludes, the House of Commons debates declaring the colonies in rebellion. A member of...

Religion & Morality Sustain Freedom

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (1) “Stand therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath...

Religion & Morality Sustain Freedom

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (1) “Stand therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath...

Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, and Individualism

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. I have often been asked to present a brief introduction to Classical Liberalism and how it fits into the philosophical tradition...

John Adams—To His Friend (1776)

American Correspondence John Adams—at the beginning of the Revolution—responds to a friend’s request asking how to create a new form of government for the soon...

Federalist Papers No. 72, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, March 19, 1788 President's Duration In Office (Cont.), and Re-Eligibility Considered THE administration of government, in its largest sense, comprehends all the operations...

“I Have a Right!”

CHARLES W. BAIRD, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 10 Lots of people make this claim without even thinking about the nature and source of...

Morality and the Law: A Partnership

BY STEVE FARRELL “I suppose persons who mouth the slogan think they are saying something profound. In fact, if that is an argument at...

Repointing the Constitution

THE HONORABLE JANICE ROGERS BROWN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract “Repointing”—the process for maintaining old brick buildings that involves cleaning out and replacing the old mortar—is the perfect...

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...

Spooner: Trial By Jury

Background of the American Civil War In 1852, abolitionist Lysander Spooner publishes an essay arguing that private citizens serving as jurors are the final arbiters...