Constitutional Convention of 1787

Presidential Power Rising: A Conversation with Frank Buckley

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the once and future king

This next Liberty Law Talk is with Frank Buckley about his new book The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America. Buckley’s book is a profound challenge to the script of presidential power that many

Creed, Conservation and the American Founding

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July 4 is separated from Bastille Day by a week and a half on the calendar but by eons in political culture.  The interim is an appropriate interval for reflection on why exactly the two events were so different.  One

‘The True Sage of Woodstock’

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How can reasonable men and women reclaim equality over and above egalitarianism? The first principled step is to get right with our compromised Declaration of Independence. This Declaration both affirms equality in self-government and reconciles our deeply contrasting Lockeanism

Partly National, Partly Federalist

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Oliver Ellsworth’s moderate federalism advanced the Connecticut Compromise at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the Judiciary Act of 1789, and helped ameliorate the blunt edge of the Alien and Sedition Acts with jury nullification. He is now remembered only by scholars of the era. Perhaps his legacy should be reconsidered.