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National Law of the Harvest

National Law of the Harvest

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL There is a Christian Church in America that contends, as did many of our Christian forefathers, that America "is a choice land; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and captivity, and from all other nations under heaven; if they but serve the God of this land, who is Jesus [...]

Bastiat: God, ‘The Law’, and the Rights of Man

Bastiat: God, ‘The Law’, and the Rights of Man

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Sometimes secularism sounds legitimate. One of the more thoughtful arguments used by proponents of a secular state, or of a state that mandates the removal of all religious and moral speech and symbols from public life, is Frenchmen Frederic Bastiat’s 1840 classic treatise, “The Law.” Periodically, [...]

Federalist Papers No. 74, Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 74, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, March 25, 1788 Command of the Military and Naval Forces, and Pardoning Power of the President THE President of the United States is to be "commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several States when called into the actual service of the [...]

The Defamation of the American Tradition

The Defamation of the American Tradition

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date November 01, 1962 Many of the departures from the American tradition came with dramatic swiftness in this century. A Rip Van Winkle who went to sleep in 1910 and woke again in 1935 would have discovered many of his fellow citizens strangely de­pendent [...]

I Prefer Security to Freedom

I Prefer Security to Freedom

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 12 Many people wander unwittingly into socialism, gulled by assumptions they have not tested. One popular but misleading assumption is that security and freedom are mutually exclusive alternatives—that to choose one is to forego the other. In the United States during the past [...]

Declaration of Belief Regarding Governments & Laws In General

Declaration of Belief Regarding Governments & Laws In General

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 19TH CENTURY SERMONS, CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS August 17, 1835 A declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general, adopted by unanimous vote at a general assembly of the Church held at Kirtland, Ohio, August 17, 1835. Many Saints gathered together to consider the proposed contents of the [...]

A Rebirth of Liberty

A Rebirth of Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 6 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date: Oct. 01, 1962 But Surely, I will be told, even if a rebirth of liberty were needed, now is not the time for it. What we need in these times, says the critic, are unity and strength. Surely, it is [...]

Rich People Have an Obligation to Give Back

Rich People Have an Obligation to Give Back

Clichés of Progressivism, Part 11 LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN For a society that has fed, clothed, housed, cared for, informed, entertained, and otherwise enriched more people at higher levels than any in the history of the planet, there sure is a lot of groundless guilt in America. Manifestations of that guilt abound. The example that [...]

John Wilkes—The Warning

John Wilkes—The Warning

Background of the American Revolution Shortly after the First Continental Congress concludes, the House of Commons debates declaring the colonies in rebellion. A member of the House, John Wilkes, rises to oppose and offers a prophetic warning. I tremble, Sir, at the almost certain consequences of such an Address, founded in cruelty and [...]

Religion & Morality Sustain Freedom

Religion & Morality Sustain Freedom

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (1) “Stand therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. … For … ye have been called into liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love [...]

Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, and Individualism

Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, and Individualism

Early liberal theory began with John Locke, Adam Smith, and John Stuart Mill, writes Dr. Dolhenty BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. I have often been asked to present a brief introduction to Classical Liberalism and how it fits into the philosophical tradition of which I consider myself to be a member, that of Classical Realism. Furthermore, some [...]

John Adams—To His Friend (1776)

John Adams—To His Friend (1776)

American Correspondence John Adams—at the beginning of the Revolution—responds to a friend’s request asking how to create a new form of government for the soon to be former colonies. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; because the very definition of a republic is “ an empire of laws, and not of [...]

Federalist Papers No. 72, Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 72, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, March 19, 1788 President's Duration In Office (Cont.), and Re-Eligibility Considered THE administration of government, in its largest sense, comprehends all the operations of the body politic, whether legislative, executive, or judiciary; but in its most usual, and perhaps its most [...]

“I Have a Right!”

“I Have a Right!”

CHARLES W. BAIRD, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 10 Lots of people make this claim without even thinking about the nature and source of rights. What are rights, and where do they come from? The progressive or interventionist view is that so long as legislation is adopted under the rules of procedural due process, government [...]

Morality and the Law: A Partnership

Morality and the Law: A Partnership

BY STEVE FARRELL “I suppose persons who mouth the slogan think they are saying something profound. In fact, if that is an argument at all, it is so superficial that an educated person should be ashamed to use it. As should be evident to every thinking person, a high proportion of all legislation has a moral base. That is true of all the [...]

Repointing the Constitution

Repointing the Constitution

THE HONORABLE JANICE ROGERS BROWN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract “Repointing”—the process for maintaining old brick buildings that involves cleaning out and replacing the old mortar—is the perfect analogy to the task of supporting and defending the Constitution. It is a new ingredient—Progressivism—that has ruined the [...]

Gustave Le Bon—The Crowd

Gustave Le Bon—The Crowd

Commentary In 1895, French physicist Gustave Le Bon publishes a treatise on mob behavior. Crowds are only powerful for destruction. Their rule is always tantamount to a barbarian phase. A civilisation involves fixed rules, discipline, a passing from the instinctive to the rational state, forethought for the future, an elevated degree [...]

Spooner: Trial By Jury

Spooner: Trial By Jury

Background of the American Civil War In 1852, abolitionist Lysander Spooner publishes an essay arguing that private citizens serving as jurors are the final arbiters of the law—not judges, not legislators, not executives, nor any agency or official of the government. Any government, that is its own judge of, and determines [...]

Beccaria—Of False Ideas of Utility

Beccaria—Of False Ideas of Utility

Background of the American Revolution In 1794, Cesare Beccaria anonymously publishes a small treatise on crime and punishment. Influential and widly read, the founders incorporated many of its thoughts into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The laws of this nature are those which forbid to wear arms, disarming those only who are not [...]

Federalist Papers No. 71, Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 71, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, March 18, 1788 Executive (Presidential) Term Length, Independence from the Legislature, Firmness DURATION in office has been mentioned as the second requisite to the energy of the Executive authority. This has relation to two objects: to the personal firmness of the executive [...]

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