History of Liberty

Anti-Federalist Traditions until the Civil War

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Jeffersonian States Rights Doctrine until the Civil War was grounded in three freedom documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and The Treaty of Paris of 1783. Those documents emphasized independent states, not a single nation or union.

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Bolshevism and Democratic Socialism

Political Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
The 1917 Revolution gave birth to both the reality and the myth of the Bolsheviks and the democratic left. The social democrats rejected the violence which was part of the communist party. They claimed to follow a democratic path to socialism. They turned Marx into a wise man that should not be...

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Civil Rights and Statism

U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Several court cases must be mentioned. Each makes a point. Plessey v. Ferguson : Segregation Separate but equal is ok. Brown v. Board of Education : Separate schools are inherently unequal . Green v. County School Board of New Kent County : Freedom of choice desegregation plan unconstitutional.

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Classical Liberal Historians

World HistoryPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
People learn their political views through what they believe about history. Memorials function to push certain interpretations, e.g. about the War Between the States and the greatness of rulers like Lincoln and FDR.

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Colonial America and the American Revolution

U.S. HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Albion’s Seed is a great book about the four migration folkways into the colonies from Great Britain during 1629 through 1775. The groups had many characteristics in common which may be what made future union possible, but the groups were also different. Puritans hated Quakers. Everybody...

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Great Society and the Republican Welfare State

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Thomas Sowell’s book, Civil Rights, lays bare many of the myths of the Great Society. What did ordinary people do before an advanced welfare state? Anti-poverty programs like the 1965 Job Corps did not turn out well. There was less poverty before the programs. Federal aid to education, like...

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Historians and the Welfare-Warfare State

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Murray Rothbard popularized the concept of the welfare-warfare state. He didn’t like either of them. He knew that if the state was doing anything there was plunder involved. Welfare was any handout from the government to anyone. One book that handled warfare and welfare systematically was...

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Historians, the State and Liberty

World HistoryPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
The opinion that is dished out in textbooks every year by academic historians is ideologically mostly left-liberalism or left-radicalism. The effect of this is to bias what is written, especially with recent events. The historians see class conflicts as driving forces.

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Intellectual Origins of Natural Rights

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

08/26/2004Audio/Video
There was a natural law tradition from antiquity and the middle ages. Natural law is the oldest and most frequently used concept of political theory. Natural law is the principles that are to be established if justice were to prevail. Or, it is the scientific laws of man and his environment.

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Natural Rights

Legal SystemWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Audio/Video
Natural law does not depend directly on God’s will. Natural law goes back to at least the scholastics and perhaps Thomas Aquinas. Modern Natural Rights theory began in 1625. Modern theory recognizes the institution the state. Natural law is thought to produce inalienable natural rights. They...

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