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October 06, 2014


Federalist 62. Madison reminds us that the election of U.S. Senators by their respective state legislatures secured state rights or authority. In your opinion, how might a return to this vital constitutional principle become a key element in empowering a push back against federal intrusion into powers our heaven inspired Constitution clearly retained as jurisdictionally belonging to state & local governments, to families & individuals, to private businesses, churches, & charities?


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How to Lose a Constitution—Lessons from Roman History

How to Lose a Constitution—Lessons from Roman History

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Capitalism Fosters Greed and Government Policy Must Temper It

Capitalism Fosters Greed and Government Policy Must Temper It

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Government Is Always the Answer, Even if Government Was the Problem

Government Is Always the Answer, Even if Government Was the Problem

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN When the housing bubble burst in 2008 and brought much of the economy down with it, the more thoughtful analysts explained that government was hardly an innocent bystander. Its housing agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, played the roles of Bonnie and Clyde. Congress and the White House drove the getaway car (by [...]

Equality Serves the Common Good

Equality Serves the Common Good

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism #3 “Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.” I wish I could remember who first said that. It ought to rank as one of the great truths of all time, and one that is fraught with profound meaning. Equality before the law—for instance, being judged innocent or [...]

Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty

Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 - 43 BC) Question: If you could go back in time and spend one hour in conversation with 10 people—each one separately and privately—whom would you choose? My list isn’t exactly the same from one day to the next, but at least a couple of the same names are always on it, without fail. [...]

A Slogan Worth Your Bumper

A Slogan Worth Your Bumper

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The Man Behind the Hong Kong Miracle

The Man Behind the Hong Kong Miracle

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN Three cheers for Hong Kong, that tiny chunk of Southeast Asian rock. For the twentieth consecutive year, the Index of Economic Freedom—compiled by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation—ranks Hong Kong (HK) as the freest economy in the world. Though part of mainland China since the British ceded it in [...]

Lincoln’s Good Advice

Lincoln’s Good Advice

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN The President’s Day holiday we mark each year at about this time is meant to remind us of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Of the two men, I credit Washington with both the greater achievement and the better example. A century and a half after the Civil War, Lincoln idolatry still dominates the history [...]

Richard Cobden: The International Man

Richard Cobden: The International Man

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If Incentives Matter, We Might Be in Trouble

If Incentives Matter, We Might Be in Trouble

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN Known for his numerous literary and theological works, such as The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis was also a keen observer of people and the consequences of their ideas—good or bad. He took note of the topsy-turvy world of postmodernist America with these cogent words: “In a sort of [...]

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