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Today in History: Alexander Hamilton Born

Today in History: Alexander Hamilton Born

A nationalist ideologue, Hamilton’s post-ratification assertion that the Constitution suddenly allowed for implied powers outside of the enumerated spectrum made him a scandalous figure ...
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Common Sense: A Scathing Attack on Unlimited, Centralized Power

Common Sense: A Scathing Attack on Unlimited, Centralized Power

Today in history, Thomas Paine published the first edition of Common Sense - a 47 page pamphlet that defended and inspired the cause of independence like no other. Leading historians ...
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The ideas that formed the Constitution: Cicero

The ideas that formed the Constitution: Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero is a pivotal figure in the Western tradition. His writings were at the heart of Founding-era education. His precepts, whether derived directly from his compositions or from ...
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The Three Traits of Tyranny

The Three Traits of Tyranny

The American founders who drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence grounded their case for separating from Great Britain on a philosophy of government derived from the writings of John ...
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Federal Farmer: More Warnings on Insufficient Representation

Federal Farmer: More Warnings on Insufficient Representation

In his ninth letter dated January 3, 1788, he expanded on his concerns about representation and took up the argument made by some that the system would work if the ...
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The ideas that formed the Constitution: Polybius

The ideas that formed the Constitution: Polybius

Although the surviving convention records don’t mention Polybius explicitly, his influence can be traced from convention discussions about the Greek confederacies. Among the delegates referring to those confederacies were, besides ...
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Thomas Paine and Religious Liberty

Thomas Paine and Religious Liberty

Paine argued that the long-established rigid bond between religion and state was a dire mistake for civilization ...
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Power From the People

Power From the People

It’s up to the people to exercise their rights - to protect and preserve their own constitution and their own liberty - whether the government wants them to or not ...
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Federal Farmer: Representation Isn't Sufficient

Federal Farmer: Representation Isn’t Sufficient

In his seventh letter dated Dec. 31, 1787, the Federal Farmer argues that this constituted too few representatives to accurately reflect the will of different classes of people who made ...
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New Study Finds Administrative State Unconstitutional

New Study Finds Administrative State Unconstitutional

The constitutional basis for most federal regulations is the Constitution’s Interstate Commerce Clause. A new historical study shows, however, that the Interstate Commerce Clause is nowhere near as broad as ...
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New Jersey Woman Reveals Dangers of Growing Use of Facial Recognition

New Jersey Woman Reveals Dangers of Growing Use of Facial Recognition

The "this is a private company, it can exclude whom it pleases" argument aside, the incident reveals the power of facial recognition technology and databases. This should concern everybody given ...
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Liberty, Power, Precedent and the People

Liberty, Power, Precedent and the People

There are four key principles of the American Revolution that permeate the writing of John Dickinson ...
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