Bush, Truman and Roosevelt: All Wrong on Executive Power

What’s likely not surprising to many supporters of strict, constitutional government is that presidents from both political parties have been taking far more power into their hands than the founders and ratifiers had authorized in the Constitution. What’s been missing, though, is a serious, academic piece of research to support the idea that Article II…

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Original Intent on DVD

Here’s an excerpt from a great interview from the Daily Bell with James Jaeger, the award winning director of Original Intent (which makes a great Christmas gift!). Daily Bell: Aren’t those ideals of liberty that you describe, the ones the US was founded on? Jaeger: The U.S. Constitution has adopted certain traditional values to promote…

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Race and Liberty in America

My latest book review in THE NEW AMERICAN (of the Independent Institutes Jonathan Bean’s Race & Liberty in America) is online. I’d like to get feedback from you Tenthers out there on my discussion of the great Lysander Spooner’s questional constitutionalism. Here’s an excerpt: In the first area, the book includes writings of Lysander Spooner,…

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18th Century Definitions: General Welfare

I was looking through a copy of Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language“ (published in 1755), and came across a few interesting definitions: General: 1. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special. 3. Not restrained by narrow or distinctive limitations 5. Public; comprising the whole Welfare: 1. Happiness; success; prosperity Clearly, these definitions,…

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Constitutional Understanding

Writes an anonymous emailer: Who was the last Supreme (or even any law school student or even a professor) to read the Federalist – especially since 1929 ?? No doubt that there’s very little discussion about the Constitution in any way, and it’s certainly a concern. But, an even greater problem than ignorance of The Federalist…

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