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July 08, 2018

Marking 150 years of the Fourteenth Amendment

This year, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment's adoption. That amendment fulfilled the Declaration of Independence's promise of inalienable individual rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and government dedicated to the protection of those rights. It did so by guaranteeing our rights against the states, ...

July 06, 2018

Raising a glass to freedom of speech

Chef Geoff Tracy is an entrepreneur, cookbook author, and owner of three successful restaurants in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. In two of those restaurants—those located in Maryland and Washington, DC—Chef Geoff can freely tell customers about his various happy hour promotions. But at his Virginia location, such truthful advertising i ...

July 05, 2018

The struggle for liberty and justice must be renewed for each generation

The struggle for liberty is old, yet it must be continually renewed—because the struggle is never-ending. As the world moves slowly, fitfully, and yet inexorably toward a state of increased liberty, we must always recall Ronald Reagan's words: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." Different generations have had to empl ...

July 05, 2018

Property rights aren’t second-class rights

PLF client Rose Knick never expected to make constitutional history. If she had her way, she would live quietly, raising horses and other livestock on her 90-acre farm in rural Pennsylvania. But when the local government decided to open up her private property to the public and threaten her with fines if she resisted, Rose ...

June 07, 2018

The defense of liberty requires an engaged judiciary

Legislatures relentlessly pushed for more power over the economy throughout the 20th century, and judges let it happen. ...

September 18, 2017

A new PLF is born

One year ago we reported on PLF's wholesale review of our operations as we prepare for our 50th anniversary and beyond, based on the realization that to vindicate fully the principles of individual liberty, we couldn't simply rely on the ways of the past. ...