Topic: History

Even Bastiat’s Correspondence Shows His Love of Liberty

– January 17, 2022

“Frederic Bastiat advocated a government that, by focusing narrowly on ensuring that individuals ‘did not encroach on the freedom of others,’ guarantees citizens the ability to ‘fully and completely enjoy the free exercise of his or her physical, mental, and moral faculties.'” ~ Gary M. Galles

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Two Centuries of Dostoevsky

– January 16, 2022

“By the end of the speech, Russia had become a symbol of the realization of Dostoevsky’s vision of universal brotherhood. ‘Oh, the nations of Europe know how dear they are to us,” he concluded.'” ~ Christopher Sandford

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Cultural Appropriation: Try Not To

– January 16, 2022

“Art, music, religion, science, language, food, and more all evolve due to the cultural ebbs and flows of human inspiration. Ultimately, the process is not one of theft, but of admiration and respect, and should be treated as such.” ~ Daniel Asia

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Fandom and the Great Books

– January 15, 2022

“The canon wars are over, and the canon lost. But the canon’s defeat might not be a bad thing for readers and teachers who care about great books, because it allows us to offer franker, more interesting, and more compelling reasons to read them.” ~ William Gonch

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Hijacking Liberalism: Spencer’s The Man Versus the State

– January 12, 2022

“At best, Scholars often view Spencer as a magnificent dinosaur, at worst a grumpy phantom of Christmas past—this is a mistake. The hijacking of ‘liberalism’ was a triumph. Perhaps this makes it all the more important to understand how it happened.” ~ Alberto Mingardi

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The Global Recession of Classical Liberalism

– January 8, 2022

“There may be diminishing returns on the economic growth that classical liberalism has promoted. It is this relative comfort that allows citizens to focus on prioritizing collective projects or wallowing in their identity.” ~ John O. McGinnis

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The Pilgrims Tried Socialism and It Failed

– January 5, 2022

“At a time when too many in the United States are insisting on a massive turn toward more government, we need to harken back to the harsh and sometimes horrible lessons learned from past attempts to impose socialist systems on society.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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Packing Away the Constitution

– January 2, 2022

“Principled interpreters of the Constitution do not advocate overturning valid Constitutional precedents, but precedents that deviated from it, as the only way to maintain it as the ‘highest law of the land’ in fact, as well as on paper.” ~ Gary M. Galles

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Founding Economics and American Conservatism’s Future

– January 2, 2022

“The significance of the economic fight on the right goes far beyond the world of supply and demand. It provides us with glimpses into very different possibilities for conservative thought and politics in America.” ~ Samuel Gregg

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America’s Unplanned Constitutional Tradition

– December 31, 2021

“Liberty and Power demonstrates that Wood is still the consummate historian. Rather than being an ideologue locked into a permanent position, his changes in emphasis from his earlier works reveal a scholar who is willing to reconsider evidence and arguments.” ~ Aaron N. Coleman

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The Live Free or Die State Points the Way to Low Taxes and Freedom

– December 30, 2021

“If you dream of a world where Congress respects your rights more than they covet campaign contributions from crony interests, the Congressional Apportionment Amendment would go a long way to restoring the Founder’s vision of a republic that guarantees individual rights.” ~ Barry Brownstein

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Smithian and Anti-Smithian Economists

– December 29, 2021

“Smithian economists make their livings by exposing the many economic fallacies embraced by the man-in-the-street and peddled by vote-hungry politicians and click-crazy pundits. These economists will never want for work.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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