Celebrity candidates have built-in name recognition, but offer little in the way of actual qualification for office.
Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the Constitution.
Smith explains some features of the slave trade and the constitutional provision that it would not be banned in America for at least 20 years.
Smith discusses some controversies over slavery during the framing of the Constitution, especially the three-fifths clause.
Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Smith discusses some early justifications of slavery and how they repudiated natural rights.
The Constitution stipulates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Religious toleration took different paths in different parts of colonial America.
Thomas Jefferson’s ideas on religious freedom were heavily influenced by John Locke.
Reiger begins a series discussing the Founders’ approach to Islam and religious freedom.
Natural rights underdetermine a society’s legal institutions and leave the door open for a much larger state than minarchists or anarchists want.
Smith discusses Gerrit Smith’s arguments for prohibition and the reply by Lysander Spooner, as published in a book by Dio Lewis, Prohibition: A Failure.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
Malthus was wrong.
The greatest evils are typically perpetrated by ideologues committed to false conceptions of the good.
McElroy’s book ignores important sources that would undermine her views.
It shouldn’t need to be said, but the Confederacy didn’t stand for opposing federal overreach or eliminating handouts to big business—it stood for slavery.
Paterson’s prose is a joy to read, and her insights into human freedom have enduring relevance, writes Presley.