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An Introduction to Locke’s Two Treatises

by Paul Meany on May 20, 2020

Locke wanted to prove that the world is not a mere amalgam of violence and arbitrary authority and that there is something that separates a legitimate from an illegitimate government.

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Rights in the Time of Coronavirus

by Neera K. Badhwar on May 7, 2020

The global pandemic, and the proper response to it, force us to critically examine the line between the need to respect individual rights and the desire to limit the virus’s spread. 

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Cicero Was Locke’s Greatest Inspiration

by Paul Meany on Mar 25, 2020

One of the most significant thinkers who shaped Locke’s philosophy, despite preceding him by eighteen centuries, is Marcus Tullius Cicero. 

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Josiah Warren, the Most Practical Anarchist

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 23, 2020

Defying categorization as a socialist or capitalist thinker, Josiah Warren was staunchly individualist—distrustful of institutions like states that subsumed individuals into “combinations.”

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An Introduction to John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty

by Paul Meany on Mar 20, 2020

On Liberty is not merely a political text explaining the intricacies of how the state ought to act. It is a love letter to the individual virtues of intellectual curiosity, tolerance, and open-mindedness.

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How the Anti-Federalists Shaped the Constitution

by David Edwards on Mar 4, 2020

The Anti-Federalists had a strong distrust of government power. A national government with too much power was, as far as they were concerned, a pathway to government oppression. 

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Bernie Sanders, the Accidental Nominee

by Paul Matzko on Mar 2, 2020

Sanders’ frontrunner status is a symptom of the devolution of the Democratic Party. Collective action problems could produce Sanders 2020 just like they did Trump 2016.