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Webster’s American Education—§ 1—General Remarks

American Thought Noah Webster, shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War, publishes an essay in his American Magazine outlining his reasons and methods for...

Is Success Necessary?

Great Ideas from the Great Books BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Dear Dr. Adler, Is worldly success necessary for happiness? In our society we tend to estimate...

The Pursuit of Happiness—Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Dear Dr. Adler, The Declaration of Independence proclaims the pursuit of happiness as an inalienable human right. Being unhappy is supposed...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 9

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

What is Truth?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Dear Dr. Adler, I find it hard to define what truth is. Some of my friends say that truth is what...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 8

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 7

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 6

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

Citizenry

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Most Americans, I fear, do not know or appreciate the fact that citizenship is the primary political office under a...

On the Conflict Between Liberty and Equality

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Only justice is an unlimited good. One can want too much liberty and too much equality -- more than it...

Inalienable Rights—Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. A right is either inalienable or it is not -- you cannot have it both ways. What is being denied by...

How Many of H.R. 1’s Provisions Are Unconstitutional?

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE How many provisions of H.R. 1, if enacted, would be struck down by the courts as unconstitutional? It’s not clear anyone...

William Brewster, and How Pilgrim Covenant twisted into Social Contract, then Socialism

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1534, England had officially established the Church of England. A revival movement to "purify" the Church of England was led by "Puritans." Other groups simply separated themselves, meeting in secret, being...

How Germany’s ‘Deal With the Devil’ Backfired and Changed History

Just six months after arriving in Petrograd with the help of Germany, the Russian communist Vladimir Lenin had engineered the October Revolution. The story...

Uniqueness and Five Divinely Inspired Principles of the U.S. Constitution

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, DALLIN H. OAKES The United States Constitution is unique because God revealed that He “established” it “for the rights and protection of...

On Aristotle—Adler

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, properly construed, is the only sound, pragmatic, and undogmatic work in moral philosophy that has come down to us in the...

Colonization of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, BY GEORGE BANCROFT Volume I, Chapter 16: Colonization of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut RHODE ISLAND was the offspring of...

Why Men Attack the Bible, and The Personal Price They Pay—John Dickinson

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, JOHN DICKINSON There seems to be a disposition in men to find fault, no difficult matter, rather than to act as they...

On Situation Ethics

American philosopher Mortimer J. Adler briefly discusses why situation ethics is inadequate and unsound as moral philosophy. by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Unfortunately, the exponents of...

J.S. Mill’s Utilitarianism

In addition to suffering from the serious defect of its failure to distinguish between natural needs and conscious desires, and between real and apparent...