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Independence Day and what it means to all Americans

July 4, 2018 Government / History 0

It is unfortunate that, for many Americans, Independence Day has simply become a holiday known as July 4th, and revolves around a gathering of family and friends with food and ...

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A Future Justice Kavanaugh and Executive Privilege

July 3, 2018 Government / History 0

If a prosecutor one day decided to indict President Donald Trump, a future Justice Brett Kavanaugh might not be the one to stop it. Media reports, like this one over ...

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Saul Cornell’s Unfair Criticism of Originalists and Mike Ramsey

July 2, 2018 Constitution / History 0

Originalist critic Saul Cornell has written a new blog post attacking originalism. Cornell’s principal claim in this piece is that originalists misunderstand anti-originalist criticisms of originalism and his focus is ...

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Thomas Paine on Natural Law

June 21, 2018 History / Liberty / Natural Law 0

If you've not had a chance to read Thomas Paine, this essay would be a good first 

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A Pox on Both Your Houses, Part II: Anti-Originalist Historians

May 17, 2018 Constitution / History 0

In my last post, I described how the anti-historical bent of some originalists was undermining their credibility, qua originalists. In this post, I hope to show how the anti-originalist historians, ...

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New Info on the Constitution’s Ratification. Part I: South Carolina

May 15, 2018 Constitution / History 0

Judges and lawyers sometimes refer to the “intent of the framers” or the “original meaning” when describing how we should read the U.S. Constitution. However, if you want to apply ...

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Today in History: The Philadelphia Convention Convenes

May 15, 2018 Constitution / History 0

On May 14, 1787, delegates from the several states convened in Philadelphia, forming a convention with the initial aim of proposing amendments to the Articles of Confederation. Over the course ...

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Governors Should Veto National Guard Deployments More Often

April 30, 2018 History 0

by Ryan McMaken, Mises Institute Donald Trump and California Governor Jerry Brown have failed to come to an agreement over how California National Guard troops should be used at the US-Mexico border. Gov. ...

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The Origins of “Militia” in the Second Amendment

April 30, 2018 Constitution / History 0

by Ryan McMaken, Mises Institute While apparently waiting for a taxi, or to be seated for lunch, Larry King was accosted by TMZ in a discussion which eventually led to King declaring that the ...

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Today in History: Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty” Speech

March 25, 2018 History 0

On March 23, 1775, tensions in Virginia were at their highest point during the imperial crisis with Britain. The House of Burgesses, the state’s elected assembly, was about to make ...

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