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Liberty

Justice Scalia Versus 'Liberty'

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Scalia has identified himself as a "faint-hearted originalist." Nowhere is his faint-heartedness more evident than in his refusal to seriously consider whether and to what extent the Constitution protects unenumerated rights.

Liberty Is a Two-Way Street: Reconciling Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The language of the Court's substantive due process opinions is often imprecise. And there is room for reasoned disagreement about particular decisions. But the essential premise upon which they depend is sound, and defenders of limited government should embrace it.

Power Is a Zero Sum Game: When Government Is Weak, Elites Will Dominate

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There's something lurking behind the seemingly straightforward ideology of "small government," something obvious to anyone willing to look: Greed. Simple, unadulterated greed.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Caslee Sims | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Caslee Sims

I never envisioned growing up in a society like this. I'm a 20 year old black male that hates to have to consciously go about my life. I have to consciously make decisions when I'm outside of my home, in society more than I should have.

No More Angry Mothers; Embracing Accessible Abortion and Affordable Contraception

Kristine Holmgren | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Kristine Holmgren

Somewhere along the line, American women learned to call feminists "feminazis." We heard "abortion is murder" and didn't bother to correct the lie. We watched young vulnerable girls turn away from the morning after pill, shun the opportunity to abort their unwanted children.

Take Heart That Your Parents Made Mistakes

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

Each of us forms images of the world based on our experiences derived from engaging with our families. Gradually we learn that our expectations don'...

Corporations Are Becoming People Too!

Byron Williams | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The First Amendment undergirds the nation's utopian quest for "A more perfect Union." A beacon of light since 1787, it is the supreme testament to the nation's commitment to individual liberty, but that has changed over the past several years.

All that Really Matters in Any Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"In essentials unity...in non-essentials liberty...in all things charity." I have heard this phrase for the greater part of my religious life. In fact, I am pretty sure I have used the phrase myself. It is a much more helpful position to adopt in this world of multi-religious beliefs.

Vaccinations - Balancing Community and Individual Liberties and Rights

William Pierce | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
William Pierce

When it comes to vaccinations that have immense benefits to our public health, we should move forward with policies that preserve the community's rights to a healthy environment free of eliminable health hazards.

Giving Every American Kid a Real Opportunity and Rising Above Achievement Gaps, Cheating, Bullying and School Shootings

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.

All Mainstream Media Must Publish the Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.11.2015 | Media
Robin Koerner

To all those media outlets who have convinced themselves that they don't need to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Mohammed in reporting the recent events in Paris: you are profoundly wrong.

Nous Sommes Charlie: Offence Is Never Given - Only Taken.

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are like all other rights: to keep them you have to exercise them -- and sometimes that takes courage and involves risk. We should be profoundly grateful to those who help keep that right for us by exercising it.

Je Suis Charlie

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Today the world that cherishes free speech and secularism is reeling from the devastating violent loss of life and the real dangers posed to speech. However scary it may be, I want to declare: Write. Draw. Say the outrageous.

Alaska's Enlightened Approach to Drugs and Privacy

David Morris | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Rarely do politicians or political parties offer a coherent framework for deciding when a higher level of government should preempt a lower level of government, or when individual liberty trumps state regulation. Which makes Alaska so refreshing and instructive.

Give Me Your Dreamers That Are Searching For Purpose

Patrick Daniel | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Patrick Daniel

Too many qualified foreign students are sent home after graduation. Indeed the gap between student and temporary employment visa issuances has widened extensively over the past decade.

Guns and Cigarettes: How We Measure Liberty

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Both guns and tobacco are intrinsically dangerous. Either might have redeeming value to be sure (defense and social pleasure, respectively), but an imaginary world in which there were no guns and no tobacco would be, well, safer. And neither should be the focus of the debate on American liberty.

Liberty Is the Politics of Love

Robin Koerner | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

You know you love someone when you want for them what they want for themselves. The three little words that really convey this sentiment are not, "I love you," which can mean all kinds of things to all kinds of people; rather they are, "As you wish."

A Lesson from Detroit - America's Heart, and Soul

Ken Ludden | Posted 01.16.2015 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Detroit has been at the heart of America since its founding in 1701. Over the years, Detroit has always been the center of America. Located geographically to connect America with Canada via the natural water systems, it is the way in to America's heart.

The Peoples' Business Isn't Business

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Are we going to be bought? Republican President Calvin Coolidge famously said "the chief business of the American people is business." Some argue tha...

Hobby-Nobbing: Company Men and Republicans Attack Privacy This Election

Hans Johnson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Less than a century ago, in 1920, Tennessee lawmakers ratified the 19th Amendment that allowed American women the right to vote in federal elections. The current drive by Republicans and corporate allies to uproot safeguards for privacy and women's rights undermines that legacy.

The Future of Hong Kong's Freedom?

Benjamin Powell | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Benjamin Powell

Whether Hong Kong's democratic freedom protests are an overall movement for liberty depends crucially on what is expected out of Beijing in the future.

Autonomy: The Self-Driving Car and You

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Paul Schwennesen

We could be forgiven for thinking this is a vaguely interesting gewgaw in a world benumbed by technological gadgetry. The iPhone Six is out, for crying out loud... But like those who scoffed at Karl Benz's strange "Motorwagen" in 1900, we'd be overlooking a revolution.

What's Driving Americans Out of the Country?

Ella Jameson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Money
Ella Jameson

While leaving the U.S. may never be an issue of economic survival, the new economic climate is making it a much more tempting option than ever before.

On Secession:

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

As Scotland lurches toward its historic vote for independence this week, it brings to mind a similar moment, seven score and fourteen years ago, when the American South voted, en file, to secede from our Union.

The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It's like facial recognition technology: if the features match up, you conclude, "It's the same guy." So it is with the match between the force that drove us to Civil War more than a century and a half ago, and the force that has taken over the Republican Party in our times.