[By Publius, '76 Blog contributor] “We are a nation of laws, not men.” – John Adams, 1770 Antonin Scalia has died, and with him, a major rampart of constitutional jurisprudence has been lost. The longest
[By Publius, '76 Blog contributor] I like Dr. Ben Carson. He seems like a wonderful man, and I was even fortunate enough to meet him in passing once and shake his hand. By all accounts,
“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man; and we see them everywhere brought into different degrees of activity, according to the different circumstances of civil society. A zeal for
“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be
“Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” – John Adams, 1777 My Dear Descendants, We need to talk about this election. You see, for far too long, your forbearers have been dismayed at all the ruinous ways in which you are sullying the fruits of our labor and sacrifice, our legacy, our gift to you and the rest of the world: a free, constitutional republic. To paraphrase my dear friend Dr. Franklin, we gave you a republic, if you could keep it.
(Centennial Fellow) It’s Lincoln’s birthday tomorrow, and here’s why that still matters as we near the 150th anniversary of his tragic death: According to Lincoln, to understand America, you needed first to understand the Declaration of Independence
Free speech is often hailed among the most significant of our fundamental freedoms. In the Western world in particular, freedom of speech and press has allowed for a range of voices, including voices of dissent that seem to indicate that our democracy is in a sense working. However, free speech is not completely free. There are limits and curbs based on what may be of greater importance in various contexts – such as if the speech might endanger others. That is why we can’t yell “fire” in a theater as a joke – the potential chaos and harm it raises in that context outweighs some one’s freedom to say what they want.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. But as the month winds down, and the fight against human trafficking carries on, how aware are we and what does that awareness prompt us to do? For many the term human trafficking does not have a clear definition. For others, the definition may be clear, but how it applies may be uncertain. Still others either don’t understand why this issue is drawing such attention or are turned off by the topic because of its salience in certain circles. The purpose of this article is to guide us toward a shared understanding of what constitutes human trafficking, how it impacts society locally and globally, and how we as individuals can address this injustice.
Much of the world was horrified by the savagery exhibited in Paris. That horror, at least in the West, was not so much that people had been killed — that happens regularly enough — but a response to the reason for which they were slaughtered: namely for the “crime” of publishing cartoons that displayed a rather unflattering portrayal of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.