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Today in History: The General Government Inaugurated Under the Constitution

By: Dave Benner Today in history, on March 4th, 1789, the general government under the United States Constitution went into effect. The occasion represented the end of a bitter ratification ...

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Shall We Defend Our Common History?

February 26, 2019 Censorship / Constitution / History 0

Roger Kimball The recent news that the University of Notre Dame, responding to complaints by some students, would “shroud” its twelve 134-year-old murals depicting Christopher Columbus was disappointing. It was ...

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What Would the Impartial Spectator Do?

February 14, 2019 History / Liberty / Power of the People 0

by Joseph Knippenberg Every spring, I have the great good fortune of reading and discussing Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments with a captive (i.e., general education) audience of sophomores. ...

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The Resurgent States of America

By: Jackson Pemberton The “United States of America” has become a misnomer. In 1776, the words “state” and “nation” were synonyms. The USA could have been named “The United Nations ...

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More than Victims

January 12, 2019 History / Liberty 0

William Cooper Nell was the publisher of Frederick Douglass’s abolitionist newspaper the North Star. His work The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution was previously used as a textbook as ...

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The Law

January 11, 2019 History / Liberty / Natural Law 0

The Law is Frédéric Bastiat's timeless defense of the free society. With his characteristically clear writing, Bastiat lays out the formula for the proper role of the state in a free ...

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Common Sense: A Concise Defense of the Patriot Cause By: Dave Benner

January 10, 2019 Constitution / Government / History 0

Today in 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published a pamphlet called “Common Sense.” It was a concise defense of the patriot cause. After emigrating from England two years prior with the ...

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Disenfranchising The Voters- Destroying the Electoral College By KrisAnne Hall, JD

The State of Oregon House passed legislation (HB 2927) that would make Oregon award its Electoral College votes only to presidential candidates who win the national popular vote. According to ...

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Madison’s Attack On Government Suppression Of Dissent Is Still Relevant Today

January 4, 2019 Constitution / Government / History 0

Jim Huntzinger What is government?   Perhaps the great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises stated it best when he, in quite a Lockean affirmation, wrote, “Government is essentially the negation ...

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Open Letter re: “Gun Legislation” By KrisAnne Hall, JD

Dear (Senator or Representative), As you begin your legislative duties for this term and will undoubtably be called to debate so-called “gun legislation” please consider the following five points:  1.  ...

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