Riggenbach handles the mainstay and workhorse of modern fiction.
The right to bear arms, though vaguely written and often debated, is a Constitutional guarantee that protects the right for self-protection.
Throughout history, church and state have become increasingly separate as institutions. Most Libertarians favor this shift as it weakens state authority.
Term limits played a crucial role in early US state governments. While a standard for executives, term limits are still debated for members of Congress.
Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.
Freedom of speech is a pillar of a free society. In this entry, Alan Charles Kors discusses how it has been attacked even in modern democracies.
Liberty has been a value to many civilizations. In this entry, Roderick Long highlights a few instances of liberal ideas in pre-modern societies.
Reiger begins a series discussing the Founders’ approach to Islam and religious freedom.
English monarchs used revenues from corporate charters to work around parliamentary control of the power to tax.
“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.”
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?
Who can win in the new American economic order?
The New Deal was a series of government programs aimed at those hurt by the Great Depression, which majorly expanded the size and expense of government.
“But let us avoid all frontier movements…War would only insure the oppression and captivity of tens of thousands who are happy in the bosoms of their families.”
Morton tells the Puritans “that they would [in due time] repent those malicious practices, and so would he too; for he was a Separatist amongst the Separatists.”
In his “Speech on the Oregon Question,” New York Representative Charles Goodyear stood for a small republic in the face of continental imperialism.
“Trying to improve the government school system in the 1990s is like a great national effort to improve horses in the 1890s.”
Melville’s short story echoes his generation of artists’ widespread fears for America’s future. Without sufficient individual virtue, could polite society survive?