To Defend Liberty, Cultivate Your Inner Freedom

– September 30, 2022

“Most will never appreciate liberty until it is lost. Do we value liberty? Are we willing to examine and shed faulty habits of mind? Until we do, as Montaigne put it, ‘No wind makes for him who has no destined port.'” ~ Barry Brownstein

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Smith to Entrepreneurs: Go Forth With Prudence

– September 30, 2022

“We find in Smith both condemnation of imprudent projectors and endorsement of prudent entrepreneurs. Although projectors occasionally turn a profit, it comes at the risk of squandering resources and missing out on more sober opportunities.” ~ Kacey Reeves West

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If America Were Totalitarian, Where Would You Want to Live?

– September 28, 2022

“I ask my students, at the end of such discussions, how free is America, really, today? What is the direction toward which we seem to be continuing to head?” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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G.K. Chesterton on the Fundamentals of Liberalism

– September 27, 2022

“Chesterton’s liberalism holds that technocratic control of the economy is inherently wrong because it denies something fundamental in human nature: the responsibility to make moral choices of right and wrong.” ~ Daniel Betti

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Robespierre and Us

– September 27, 2022

“One of the strengths of Gauchet’s book is the way it continually emphasizes the inability of Robespierre and his fellow fanatics to give serious thought to the art of governance in a political order at once popular and representative.” ~ Daniel J. Mahoney

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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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