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The Depths of Mutual Hate

by Charles Jared Ingersoll on Mar 24, 1862

Ingersoll tries to revive the Second Party System’s spirit of compromise—one marked by wilful ignorance of slavery, its horrors, and its legacy.

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Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist?

by George H. Smith on Nov 15, 2011

Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?

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Walker’s Timeless “Appeal,” Part One

by David Walker on Sep 29, 1829

“Can our condition be any worse?  Can it be more mean and abject?…They cannot treat us worse; for they well know the day they do it they are gone.”

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Walker’s Timeless “Appeal,” Part Two

by David Walker on Sep 30, 1829

“Should tyrants take it into their heads to emancipate any of you, remember that your freedom is your natural right…God will dash tyrants…into atoms.”

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Rep. Charles Goodyear: A Lost Anti-Imperialist

by Charles Goodyear on Jan 16, 1846

In his “Speech on the Oregon Question,” New York Representative Charles Goodyear stood for a small republic in the face of continental imperialism.

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The Twelve-Year Sentence: Introduction

by David Boaz, William Rickenbacker, and Benjamin Rogge in 1974

“Trying to improve the government school system in the 1990s is like a great national effort to improve horses in the 1890s.”

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The Lightning Rod Man

by Herman Melville in 1856

Melville’s short story echoes his generation of artists’ widespread fears for America’s future. Without sufficient individual virtue, could polite society survive?

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Getting Married and Divorced on the Blockchain

by Spencer Neale on Oct 9, 2018

“Life is not eternal and death can separate us, but the Blockchain is forever.” - David Mondrus and Joyce Bayo on their blockchain wedding

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Why Has Liberty Flourished in the West?

by Jim Powell on Sep 1, 2000

Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.