Apr 15 2015

Liberty versus Equality

We assert that, “all men are created equal” and that liberty is an “unalienable right”. In 1787, Alexander Hamilton said, “Inequality will exist as long as liberty exists. It unavoidably results from that very liberty itself.” But the assertion of equality pertains to equal rights and was never meant to imply equality in every factor …

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Apr 02 2015

Virginia Declaration of Rights – 1776

In 1776, the fifth Virginia Convention unanimously adopted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, followed shortly by a separate document, the Constitution of Virginia. George Mason is given primary credit for drafting the document, while James Madison, Patrick Henry and Edmund Pendleton also proposed input. Thomas Jefferson likely was influenced by it when he drafted the …

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Mar 30 2015

Law of the Twelve Tables – 449 BC

When we speak of “Rome” we often use the term as a broad brush, painting across a thousand years of history or more, that includes the rise and fall of a great empire. Before the empire, there was a republic, and before the republic, there were kings. In 509 BC, the last Etruscan king was …

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Mar 27 2015

“Novus Ordo” Platform

“Novus Ordo Seclorum” are the Latin words on the great seal of the USA, which mean, “a new order for the ages”. We need a new platform of political objectives to create a new order. Limited government Free markets Lower taxes Higher ethics in government LIMITED GOVERNMENT The Constitution of the United States of America …

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Feb 28 2015

American Exceptionalism

Lately, there has a been a rash of American politicians and pundits remarking that they don’t believe Americans are more exceptional than any other group. They are correct in a way. It is not so much the people who make up America that make America exceptional as it is the system of limited government that …

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Feb 06 2015

A Moral Society

Ayn Rand wrote: The most profoundly revolutionary achievement of the United States of America was the subordination of society to moral law. The principle of man’s individual rights represented the extension of morality into the social system—as a limitation on the power of the state, as man’s protection against the brute force of the collective, …

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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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