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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...

Beccaria—Of False Ideas of Utility

Background of the American Revolution In 1794, Cesare Beccaria anonymously publishes a small treatise on crime and punishment. Influential and widly read, the founders incorporated...

Federalist Papers No. 71, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, March 18, 1788 Executive (Presidential) Term Length, Independence from the Legislature, Firmness DURATION in office has been mentioned as the second...

Human Rights Are More Important Than Property Rights

PAUL L. POIROT, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 9 It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right to property....

No Kings In America!—A Biblical Appeal

Paine’s Christianity: Part 3 BY STEVE FARRELL “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right,” argued Thomas...

The Economy Needs More Planning–Central Planning, That Is

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 8 Thanksgiving is just one day each year.  But because we have so much to be...

Take Back the Word “Liberal”

JEFFREY A. TUCKER, THE FREEMAN For 2015, I would like to pick up an old campaign to take back the word “liberal” for the cause...

Federalist Papers No. 70, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Saturday, March 15, 1788 The Executive Department Further Considered THERE is an idea, which is not without its advocates, that a vigorous...

Clarence Carson: The Road to Collectivism

Individual Liberty In The Crucible Of History, Part 5 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Sept. 01, 1962 Americans came upon...

The Interview: Paine's Christianity, Part 2

BY STEVE FARRELL Was founder Thomas Paine ever a Christian, and ever anything other than a man who shouted the Bible down as "Fraud!" Most of...

The Interview: Paine’s Christianity, Part 2

BY STEVE FARRELL Was founder Thomas Paine ever a Christian, and ever anything other than a man who shouted the Bible down as "Fraud!" Most of...

Blackstone—Of the Parliament

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England , Book 1 (Rights of Persons) CHAPTER 2—OF THE PARLIAMENT  WE are next to treat...

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...

Federalist Papers, No. 69—Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS March 14, 1788 The Real Characters of the Chief Executive I PROCEED now to trace the real characters of the proposed Executive, as...

Blackstone: Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England - Book 1: Rights of Persons, Chapter 1 1765-1769 The objects of the laws of...

The Trouble With Kings

New World Witness for Jesus Christ Mosiah proposes that judges be chosen in place of a king—Unrighteous kings lead their people into sin—Alma the...

Judicial Monopoly Over the Constitution: Jefferson's View

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date Oct 1, 1983 Do the Federal courts have a monopoly of the interpretation...

Judicial Monopoly Over the Constitution: Jefferson’s View

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date Oct 1, 1983 Do the Federal courts have a monopoly of the interpretation...

Federalist Papers No. 67, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, March 11, 1788 Hamilton compares presidential power to temporarily fill vacancies in the Senate to similar powers exercised by state...

Plato: Extreme Liberty and the Road to Tyranny

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, PLATO Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most...

Because We’re Running Out of Resources, Government Must Manage Them

MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 2 Milton Friedman once said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,...

Right and Wrong, Not Right and Left—Clarence Manion

THE AMERICANIST, MORAL FOUNDATIONS: CLARENCE E. MANION Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, July 01, 1963 I have almost lost faith in se­mantics, and if I...