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December 31, 2012

Things fall apart–Beltway edition

Yeats’ eerie, prophetic poem “The Second Coming” is one of the great masterpieces of twentieth century literature. In it, he warns of the imminent collapse of civilization, at a time when Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed ...

May 25, 2012

The founders and the primacy of liberty

Prof. Samuelson has a thorough response to my post about John Adams and individual liberty. While it's true I'm not a great admirer of Adams (I'm much fonder of his son), my point was not biographical or historical, but philosophical: democracy is an instrumental good, one that is valuable only insofar as it protects the ...

March 16, 2011

Happy birthday to James Madison

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF would like to wish one of our greatest Founders (and my personal favorite), James Madison, a very happy 260th birthday!  James Madison's contributions to man's eternal fight for liberty cannot be overstated.  He was the principal drafter of the United States Constitution – a document ...