Culture & the Libertarian Heritage

Unnatural Law, Natural Tyranny, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 A typical federal courtroom scene has the trappings of ages gone by. The judge wears a black robe, everyone stands when he enters, the bailiff utters the “Oyez” sayings, and much of the language is the same as what might have been said two centuries ago in an American or ... [click for more]

The Rule of Law, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Note well that any contention that the United States of America was born out of a well-developed and unbridled libertarian philosophy does not square with historical fact. Ordinary candor and historical precision compel recognition that not all residents in the 13 colonies (or even a majority of those hardy men) would describe or agree ... [click for more]

The Political Philosophy of Oscar Wilde

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The renowned playwright Oscar Wilde once said, “A man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.” At the height of his career in 1895, Wilde dominated London dinner-tables, stages, and opinion. Two of his plays opened that year to rave reviews by both critics and the public. His epigrams and activities were repeated — often by ... [click for more]

The Rule of Law, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 Americans laud the rule of law. They invoke its majesty during common discussion and learned discourse. They applaud their storied adherence to this grand old concept and disparage nations and cultures that seem less inclined to live by its guidance. Despite this adulation, I suspect that few of those employing the doctrine could ... [click for more]

Libertarianism Is the Only Way Out

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The Future of Freedom Foundation is one of the most important organizations in the liberty movement. FFF does great work educating the public in the principles of free-market economics, individual liberty, and a noninterventionist foreign policy. — Congressman Ron Paul During the social hour after a recent meeting of our Economic Liberty Lecture series, a student posted a message on ... [click for more]

Ten Tenets of Freedom, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 This two-part essay discusses ten tenets of freedom toward which we must continue to strive in our efforts to restore freedom to our land. Part 1 of the essay discussed the first five tenets and this part covers the other five tenets. 6. Gun control It would have been more appropriate to have made the Second ... [click for more]

The Road Waiting to Be Taken

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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. — Henry David Thoreau Reading Friedrich A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom, one is amazed that a book published 64 years ago could paint such an accurate picture of where the United States is ... [click for more]

You Can Trust a Liberal … to Be a Liberal

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The liberals are back. For proof, just check out the antics of two noted liberals, MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews and Salon.com editor in chief Joan Walsh. This week both of them went apoplectic over a libertarian’s having the audacity to exercise two fundamental rights at the same time — free speech and the right to ... [click for more]
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