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Economic Conflicts of the Founding Era Dispel Tea Party Myths... and Liberal Ones, Too

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 10:31 AM

Anything but a lost, halcyon epoch of unity and consensus, our founding era saw deep, harsh oppositions among Americans over what kind of society our independence from England was meant to bring about. Like today, the direst political oppositions devolved on the economy, and on proper uses of public and...

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How John Adams and Thomas Paine Clashed Over Economic Equality

(19) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 3:01 PM

Here's John Adams on Thomas Paine's famous 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense": "What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass." Then comes Paine on Adams: "John was not born for immortality."

Paine and Adams may have been alone among the founders for having literary styles...

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Barack Obama on the U.S. Constitution

(159) Comments | Posted March 24, 2008 | 11:04 PM

Voters of many persuasions have viewed Barack Obama as coming from the left. Yet in his March 18 speech, addressing both his relationship to the black activist preacher Jeremiah Wright and the history of slavery and race oppression in the United States, Obama hymned the creation of the U.S. Constitution...

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