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Tyranny In a Good Cause

Democracy or Republic? might well be the title of the D debate between liberals and conservatives on the nature of the American political system. (In the view of some liberals, the easiest way to spot a conservative is the habit of referring to...

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    A Dike To Fence Out the Flood

    When in September of 1787 the new instrument of government proposed by the Great Convention went out from Philadelphia to be received and considered by the several commonwealths connected through the old Articles of Confederation, those...

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    Revolution

    Times of crisis are not distinguished by respect for rights—although, paradoxically, all revolutions claim to be mounted in the name of rights. During our War of Independence, criticism of the patriot cause was an invitation to a lynching, and...

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    Conservative Commons

    American conservatism in the late 18th century was unlike the European species, where popular "peasant" and articulate "aristocratic" conservatism were able to develop together and to maintain a common front against the ascendant bourgeoisie.

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    A New Logic of Human Studies

    Consider the following paradoxes. A welfare system designed by well-meaning politicians guided by the advice of the wisest sociologists and economists available, costing billions of dollars, whose net effect is radically to increase the numbers...

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