Reflections on Constitution Day 2022

– September 17, 2022

“On this Constitution Day 2022, it’s good to remember the Constitutional insights offered by Frederick Douglass. The Constitution was made for a nation that was born with slavery and would later, in its maturity, rejoice in the abolition of slavery. He was right.” ~ Thomas L. Krannawitter

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A Constitutionalist Shift

– September 17, 2022

“Over the past century and a half, the federal government has quietly morphed from a government based on a constitution to a government based on a constitutional tradition.” ~ James R. Harrigan & Antony Davies

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America’s Other Constitution

– September 17, 2022

“Americans must strenuously reassert their natural right to be left to do as they wish unless their behaviors demonstrably injure other Americans. Even then they should be allowed to pursue voluntary solutions before governments may constitutionally intercede.” ~ Robert E. Wright

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Reason and the Freedom of Speech

– September 11, 2022

“We should by all means distinguish between academic freedom and freedom of speech. But we should be very wary of those who wish to establish a basis for that distinction when they doubt the principled commitments to reason and truth that are both freedoms’ foundation.” ~ Joseph M. Knippenberg

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The Baby and the Bathwater

– September 3, 2022

“There is an imprudence in forgetting that liberal principles, suitably cherished, are a check on power, the levers of which are, one day to the next, to be controlled by the good’s worst enemies.” ~ Daniel Klein & Daniel J. Mahoney

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Duginism

– September 2, 2022

“Dugin sees this history, and embraces it. Lord Acton taught us, ‘power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Dugin says, absolute power is wonderful.” ~ Clifford F. Thies

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Triviality’s Assault on Liberty

– August 31, 2022

“Gorged on such pablum, we are liable to become indolent, somnolent, and neglectful—overfed loafers of a popular culture of junk food, dozing uneasily on our couches as the world flashes by on our screens.” ~ Richard Gunderman

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Out of Control Government and Isaiah’s Job

– August 29, 2022

“Just as Albert Jay Nock helped to cultivate a new generation of friends of freedom, that is our task in our own time. And together we can make a society of liberty a reality, without always being depressed or despondent about who or how many may be listening.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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What Do We Mean by Liberal Education?

– August 28, 2022

“The mark of a genuinely liberal education is that it aims at instilling a set of paradoxical qualities, which are often quite fiercely at odds with one another: the capacity for inquiry, and the capacity for membership.” ~ Wilfred M. McClay

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Yes, You Need the Liberal Arts

– August 25, 2022

“As Madison wrote, ‘What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?’” ~ John Agresto

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Reflections Sparked by A New Jersey Turnpike Rest Area

– August 8, 2022

“I’m confident that everyone at the New Jersey Turnpike rest area, if pressed to think seriously about this feature of the liberal market order as he or she surveyed fellow rest-area visitors, would heartily applaud.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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Would You Abdicate If You Could Be the Dictator?

– July 31, 2022

“Our fellow Americans need to be reasoned with to better understand that we should not only not want a dictatorship imposed from outside but we should also not want a domestic dictatorship, even when democratically elected, to paternalistically ‘get things done.'” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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