Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?
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.
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States.
“O! Thomas, you have had a long nap, and spent a great number of years in ease & plenty, upon our hard earned property.”
In this essay, Nicholas Elliott examines the libertarian ideology of the Glorious Revolution’s so-called “Levelers.”
“Jefferson…wanted government to offer protection to the personal realm, so that men might freely exercise their beneficent faculties.”
The storied life of America’s young revolutionary.
Samples explores James Madison’s life by examining his motivations in drafting and later defending the United States Constitution.
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Liberalization in the economic sphere has made China politically freer.
“Priestley died in Pennsylvania in 1804, having throughout his life professed freedom in science, religion, and politics.”
Agitator and pamphleteer par excellence, Thomas Paine was involved in both the American and French Revolutions.
Skousen reviews what may well be Rothbard’s most highly-praised work of professional history.
Founding father, scientist, businessman, diplomat—Franklin was America’s original “self-made man.”
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.