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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Aug 22 2013

Code of Justinian

Justinian was emperor of the Byzantine Empire (or East Roman Empire) from 527 to 565. His full name in latin was Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Justinianus Augustus. Justinian assigned his Minister of Justice, Tribonian to the task of rewriting older Roman law with an objective of updating it, clarifying it, and standardizing it. This work became …

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Aug 18 2013

The Right to Privacy

The right to privacy existed before the U.S. Constitution was written. But the Constitution and the Bill of Rights reinforce protections against privacy that were established in common law previously. The First Amendment establishes a right to freedom of speech. The First Amendment to the US Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an …

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Jul 30 2013

The U.S. Constitution Does Not Create New Rights

That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness …

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