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Thomas Jefferson

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.

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State and Society, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Dec 3, 2013

Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”

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The Ancient Rights of Englishmen

by David Edwards on Mar 27, 2019

When the American revolutionaries declared their independence, it was founded on a solid thousand years of English history.

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Adam Smith, Class Warrior: The Left-Right Spectrum

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 20, 2016

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.

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The Slave Trade and the Constitution

by George H. Smith on Sep 29, 2017

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.

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Defenses of the Right of Secession

by George H. Smith on Mar 30, 2018

Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.

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Defending Slavery by Attacking Capitalists

by George H. Smith on Apr 27, 2018

Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.