Jan 27 2015

Laws of Reform by Solon

Solon was a Greek poet, writer and lawmaker who lived in Athens around 600 BC. Because of his reputation for fairness and wisdom, he was given authority to re-write the constitution and laws of Athens. Many of his reformed laws inspired similar laws later in the Roman Empire and some of his basic concepts still …

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Jan 07 2015

Government is Force

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. – George Washington When people decide to live together in groups, it becomes necessary to establish some level of cooperation. If possible this is done with agreement and consent. But when reason …

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Dec 26 2014

Republic vs Democracy

A democracy involves representation by the people and intends to preserve the sovereign power of the people. But in a pure democracy, decisions are reached by majority opinion, creating a tyranny of the majority which suppresses the will of the minority. This principle generally applies to both direct democracy (where the people vote on every …

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Jun 18 2014

How Government Gets Authority

We mostly agree that parents have some level of authority over their children because when children are young they need protection. When the child is an infant, the need for protection is extreme and the authority is nearly absolute to match that need. As children grow older, they become more able to protect themselves and …

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May 14 2014

Act of Abjuration (1581)

In 1581, the States General of the Netherlands decided to dissolve their allegiance to the Hapsburg King, Phillip II of Spain. The “Act of Abjuration” was their declaration of independence. It is known as the “Plakkaat” in Dutch. The States General is a legislative body composed of two parts: a Senate and a House of …

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Mar 09 2014

Political Conservation

The word “conservative” comes from the Latin root word “conservare” meaning to save, to guard and to watch over. Political conservatives are often mis-identified as being reactionary or not wanting to embrace any change. But when we speak of the conservation of nature, we don’t mean resistance to change, we mean an effort to preserve …

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Feb 26 2014

The Cyrus Cylinder – 530 BC

The first Persian empire was founded around 550 BC by Cyrus the Great. Cyrus distinguished himself not only as a soldier and king of an empire, but also as a statesman and for his wisdom. He conquered the nearby empires of Babylon, Lydia and Medes, uniting the Middle East into the Persian Empire. He treated …

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Jan 05 2014

Solving Problems is Not the Domain of Our Government

We choose to institute governing councils amongst ourselves for the purpose of protecting our rights and liberties, not for the purpose of solving our problems. When either foreign governments or our own government begin to encroach upon our rights and liberties, our ability to solve our problems is diminished. If we choose to live as …

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Dec 16 2013

The Community Rattenfaenger

The Community Rattenfaenger didn’t start out with RATS. He had a knack for bringing people together by telling them whatever they wanted to hear. He had a silver tongue and was supremely glib. When he began to speak, it was as if a sublime melody began to play. The notes were crafted from the desires …

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Sep 03 2013

Fascism is Now Known as Liberalism

Both terms, “fascist” and “liberal” have gone through a morphing process over the years. “Liberal” used to mean, standing for liberty, and was associated with John Locke’s ideas of natural rights that preclude any form of government. The American Revolution was based on these ideas and was considered to be a liberal event because it …

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