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Federalist Papers, No. 3, John Jay

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS November 3, 1787 Plea for Union Continued IT IS not a new observation that the people of any country (if, like the...

Federalist Papers, No. 2, John Jay

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, October 31, 1787 Plea for Union WHEN the people of America reflect that they are now called upon to decide a...

Federalist Papers, No. 1, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS To the People of the State of New York—October 27, 1787 Introduction AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the...

Patriotism and Freedom

A libertarian defence of national sovereignty BY PHILIP VANDER ELST Three quarters of a century ago, when Britain was fighting for her life and the freedom...

Undermining The Foundations of Individual Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 2 BY CLARENCE CARSON Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, 01 June 1962 The ideas which would, in time,...

Democrazy: Venezuala Needs a Military Coup

BY SELWYN DUKE With Venezuela spinning out of control, it’s said that U.S. officials fear a military coup. We ought to ask “Why?” Democracy on the...

Constitutional Convention: May 14, 25, 1787

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS James Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787 May 14, 25, 1787   Monday May 14th 1787 was the day fixed for the meeting...

Is Trump the First “European-conservative” American Presidential Candidate?

BY SELWYN DUKE Ever since Donald Trump’s rise to 2016-contender prominence, the rap on him, and perhaps part of his broad appeal, has been...

Of Virtue and Morality, by Clarence Carson

THE AMERICAN TRADITION: CLARENCE CARSON Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date 01 March 1964 Writers in the twentieth century have often entertained them­selves (and presumably their...

Federalist Papers No. 85: Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, August 13, Saturday, August 16, 1788 Brief Summary of Arguments For and Against the Proposed Constitution with a focus on...

Law Defined—Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, NOAH WEBSTER 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language LAW, noun 1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by...

Law Defined—Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, NOAH WEBSTER 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language LAW, noun 1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by...

Is the majority ALWAYS right?

Thomas Jefferson Leadership ... where two measures are equally right, it is a duty to the people to adopt that one which is most agreeable...

Federalist Papers No. 84, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, July 16, Saturday, July 26, Saturday, August 9, 1788 Certain General and Miscellaneous Objections to the Constitution Considered and Answered to...

MA Convention, 19 Jan. 1788, Powers of the Senate discussed

The Debates In The Several State Conventions On The Adoption Of The Federal Constitution, by Jonathan Elliot In Convention at Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 19, 1788 SATURDAY,...

Federalist Papers. No. 83, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, July 5, Wednesday, July 9, Saturday July 12, 1788 Judiciary in relation to trial by jury, interpreting written law of...

Federalist Papers No. 82, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, July 2, 1788 The Judiciary Continued THE erection of a new government, whatever care or wisdom may distinguish the work, cannot...

The Need to Balance the Budget and Reduce Federal Debt

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Committee on the Budget United States House of Representatives Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify....

Federalist Papers No. 80, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, June 21, 1788 Judicial Powers and Jurisdiction TO JUDGE with accuracy of the proper extent of the federal judicature, it will...

Federalist Papers No. 79, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS The Judiciary Continued NEXT to permanency in office, nothing can contribute more to the independence of the judges than a fixed...

Moses Mather On Free Agency

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, MOSES MATHER 1775 Free agency, or a rational existence, with its powers and faculties, and freedom of enjoying and exercising...

Federalist Papers, No. 1: Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, October 27, 1787 General Introduction AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon...

Ownership Must Be Tempered by Sharing

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 16 Progressives have a problem with ownership, especially when it’s yours. The very notion seems to conjure...

Bureaucracy and the Tyranny of Minority Power

American Minute with Bill Federer President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech given MAY 15, 1926, at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg,...

Federalist Papers No. 78, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS June 14, 1788 The Judiciary Department WE PROCEED now to an examination of the judiciary department of the proposed government. In unfolding the defects...

Ezra Taft Benson: Progress? Yes, But By What Means?

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS: EZRA TAFT BENSON 1962 All of us are anxious to see our country progress, but we want to know by...

The Good of Corporations

ROGER SCRUTON, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Americans rightly cherish freedom of association as the necessary condition of a civil society that is not absorbed by the state....

Of Rights and Responsibilities – Clarence Carson

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS The American Tradition: Part 11 Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date 01 February 1964 Ideas that have come unsprung from...

The Indispensable Ingredient to Liberty

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS, EZRA TAFT BENSON 1976 Many Americans have lost sight of the truth that righteousness is the one indispensable ingredient to...

For the Sake of Party or Principle?

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had different points of view on a few subjects. One significant point of departure, at...