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James Madison’s Vision of Liberty

by John Samples on Mar 1, 2001

Samples explores James Madison’s life by examining his motivations in drafting and later defending the United States Constitution.

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Why Did the Southern States Secede?

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 9, 2016

It shouldn’t need to be said, but the Confederacy didn’t stand for opposing federal overreach or eliminating handouts to big business—it stood for slavery.

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Brown, John (1800-1859)

by Roderick T. Long on Aug 15, 2008

John Brown was a dedicated leader of the American abolitionist movement, often known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.

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Hess, Karl (1923-1994)

by Brian Doherty on Aug 15, 2008

An activist and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.

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Is Amazon HQ2 Worth it?

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, and Vanessa Calder on Dec 13, 2018

Vanessa Calder joins us this week to discuss whether or not residents of Crystal City, VA and Queens, NY should be excited by the arrival of Amazon.

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Constitution, U.S.

by David Mayer on Aug 15, 2008

The Constitution is the foundational document of the U.S. government. Debates over its interpretation still make a large impact on governmental power.

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Federalists Versus Anti-Federalists

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel on Aug 15, 2008

One of the major debates over the U.S. Constitution was between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, largely over the role of the states and a Bill of Rights.

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Equality, Power, and Values

by Rick Tilman in 1978

Tilman examines the possibilities of a New Left-Libertarian convergence, and finds the prospects lacking.

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The Plague of Confederacies

by Charles Jared Ingersoll on Mar 24, 1862

Ingersoll defends the traditional existence of secession throughout American history, but ultimately condemns it as inadvisable and rash.

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Tullock, Gordon

by Paul Dragos Aligica on Aug 15, 2008

Tullock contributed to the start of the public choice school of economics and countered status-quo arguments about the role of government in the market.