Reiger begins a series discussing the Founders’ approach to Islam and religious freedom.
One of the most well-known founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. The ideas of liberty he promoted continue to form the basis of the American cultural heritage today.
Thomas Jefferson’s ideas on religious freedom were heavily influenced by John Locke.
Religious toleration took different paths in different parts of colonial America.
The Constitution stipulates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”
The scholars of the Spanish Enlightenment are often overlooked as influencial to political thought throughout the Americas.
England’s Magna Carta enshrined fundamental rights and liberties in the western legal tradition—but how was the Charter created and why?
When the American revolutionaries declared their independence, it was founded on a solid thousand years of English history.
The Ancient Roman Cicero’s idea of natural law has much to teach us about the evolution of liberty
To bake or not to bake?—What would those who actually ratified the First Amendment do?
It’s reasonable to reach radical conclusions.
D’Amato argues that Adam Smith’s role as a critic of incumbent mercantilist interests has been wrongly obscured by those who see him as aligned with the right.
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 the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.
Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s theory of rights.