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Novanglus Essay No. 1 – John Adams

John Adams lays out the American position on the natural rights of individual Americans and the rights enjoyed by all colonial governments under British law.

Benjamin Franklin On Self-Denial, Love of Neighbor, Happiness & Reason

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ... for self denial is never a duty or a reasonable action but as it is a natural means of...

Cicero: One Law for All

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, CICERO In the last years of the Roman Republic, Marcus Tullius Cicero, penned his dialogue De Legibus (On the Laws)....

If You Want to Get into a Really Big War, Elect a Liberal

BY SELWYN DUKE If I pointed out that involvement in every major 20th-century conflict the US was part of occurred on liberals’ watch, it...

Isaac Watts: Logic

Western Thought In 1724 Isaac Watts publishes the standard treatise on the study of Logic. In the introduction he defines the purpose and organization of...

Truth and Right Invariably the Same—John Adams

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, JOHN ADAMS Nature and truth, or rather truth and right are invariably the same in all times and in all places; and...

The Sources of Knowledge

THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO EPISTEMOLOGY BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Part Four: The Sources of Knowledge All of us have stored away millions...

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...

John Adams on Natural Philosophy & Reasoning

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PAMPHLETS, LETTERS, QUOTES John Adams, March 3, 1756 Natural philosophy is the art of deducing the general laws and properties of material substances...

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...

Why Obama Is Uneducated

BY SELWYN DUKE A few years ago I participated in a radio debate on “white privilege” with a certain man, whose name is unimportant,...

Reasoning Upon the Necessity of Jesus' Miracles – John Adams

They Were Believers, John Adams, 1756 The great and Almighty author of nature, who at first established those rules which regulate the world, can as...

Reasoning Upon the Necessity of Jesus’ Miracles – John Adams

They Were Believers, John Adams, 1756 The great and Almighty author of nature, who at first established those rules which regulate the world, can as...

A Sermon for the General Day of Election: David Tappan

Called Unto Liberty, David Tappan: 1792, Founding Era Sermons The son of a Congregational minister, Tappan was born in Manchester, Massachusetts, and was graduated in...

Sir Edward Coke: The Law is Perfection of Reason

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, SIR EDWARD COKE Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason…....

Truth and Right Invariably the Same

They Were Believers, John Adams Nature and truth, or rather truth and right are invariably the same in all times and in all places; and...

Ode, by Addison

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, ADDISON Ode THE spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heav'ns, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Th'unwearied sun...

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....

A Nation Raised up of God, A Debt of Honor, A Plea for Union

Liberty Letters, George Washington, 1783 CIRCULAR LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE GOVERNORS OF ALL THE STATES ON DISBANDING THE ARMY Headquarters, Newburgh, 8 June, 1783. Sir, The great object,...

The Truth and the Good – Is and Ought

By Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The judgment that something is good or bad -- or that it is better or worse than something else --...

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BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Getting past the climate scapegoat, and taking steps that could actually make a difference~ The 2020 fire season is nearing its end. But...

Is it really over?

BY T.F. STERN I read a comment issued by an old friend who happens to be a Biden supporter.  She was gloating, as if her...

Government transparency should not be controversial

~Shining light on EPA actions should get 100% support – but is opposed by the usual suspects~ Duggan Flanakin Ballot harvesting, behind-the-curtains ballot counting and other...

Your Mother is on the Roof

BY T.F. STERN My father had a library of stories and jokes that he’d share, usually when we were a captive audience while on a...