Explore

encyclopedia

Right to Bear Arms

by Nelson Lund on Aug 15, 2008

The right to bear arms, though vaguely written and often debated, is a Constitutional guarantee that protects the right for self-protection.

encyclopedia

Separation of Church and State

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

Throughout history, church and state have become increasingly separate as institutions. Most Libertarians favor this shift as it weakens state authority.

encyclopedia

Term Limits

by Eric O'Keefe on Aug 15, 2008

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.

encyclopedia

Civil Society

by Stephen Davies on Aug 15, 2008

Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.

encyclopedia

Freedom of Speech

by Alan Charles Kors on Aug 15, 2008

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.

encyclopedia

Liberty in the Ancient World

by Roderick T. Long on Aug 15, 2008

Liberty has been a value to many civilizations. In this entry, Roderick Long highlights a few instances of liberal ideas in pre-modern societies.

essays

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.”

essays

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 also draw directly from contemporary works?

encyclopedia

New Deal

by Robert Whaples on Aug 15, 2008

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.

essays

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.

essays

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.”

essays

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?