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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...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 5

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...

Executive: Powers and Duties

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 37,  EXECUTIVE: POWERS AND DUTIES Sec. 1483. Having thus...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 4

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...

On Fairness – Mortimer J. Adler

Adler briefly discusses the difference between fairness and justice, equality and inequality, and how various crimes and violations of rights fit in this discussion. by...

Kant and Mill on Ethics – Mortimer J. Adler

Adler briefly discusses Immanuel Kant & J.S. Mill on ethics, applies it to moral obligation, rights, the general welfare, and the pursuit of happiness. by...

Happiness vs Being Happy, Mortimer J. Adler

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. That fact that everyone has a right to pursue happiness suggests that happiness is attainable -- in some degree --...

World War I: Middle East Oil, Lusitania, Spanish Flu, & the story of Sergeant...

American Minute with Bill Federer "The Great War" began in 1914 between Germany and its allies, against England and France and their allies. Battles were fought in Europe, Africa, the Pacific Islands, China,...

Bioethics In a Brave New World

BY PAUL G. KENGOR In the late 1980s, as a pre-med major at the University of Pittsburgh, I pulled many all-nighters at Scaife Hall at...

Balance Between Law Enforcement and Lawful Gun Ownership Must be Restored

BY BOB BARR In the United States, where the Constitution is — or is supposed to be — the supreme law of the land, two...