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The Boston Massacre

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 1, 2014

George H. Smith continues his look at the events leading up to the American Revolution by telling the story of the Boston Massacre.

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Republican People’s Militias

by Lawrence Delbert Cress on Jun 1, 1979

“The establishment of various colonial militias late in 1774 is thus best understood in the light of a long republican Whig dedication to that idea.”

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Prohibition of Alcohol

by Jackson Kuhl on Aug 15, 2008

The Prohibition of alcohol, from 1919-1933, though intended to reduce alcohol consumption, merely made alcohol consumption more dangerous.

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The Lust for Power

by George H. Smith on Jan 17, 2014

Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.

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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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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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An Endangered Native Species: The First Amendment

by Nat Hentoff on May 1, 2009

Decrying the growing lack of understanding among Americans with regards to the First Amendment, Hentoff argues that this ignorance leads to the abuse of rights.