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Negative Freedom or Positive Freedom: Time to Choose?

David Coates | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Coates

No matter where each of us stands on the key issues of the day, it is time for all of us to widen the debate on freedom in America. We need to move from a focus on negative freedoms to a focus on positive ones. We need to distinguish sharply between liberty and license.

Resisting Republican Excess

David Coates | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
David Coates

The only way in which to effectively push back this ever more carefully orchestrated Tea Party tide is to challenge Republican assertions and policies with the same degree of self-confidence and directness with which their advocates present them.

Poverty in America: Half-Forgotten or Totally Forgotten?

David Coates | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
David Coates

On July 4th, we will celebrate the 18th century birth of a new nation, conceived in liberty and committed to justice for all. But there can be no genuine liberty for those without the economic and social capacity to enjoy it.