Property: The “Unmovable Concernment” of Government

In 1691, John Lock wrote a letter of a Member of Parliament in London titled Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money. Locke wrote in his letter: The multiplying of Brokers hinders the Trade of any Country, by making the Circuit, which the Money goes, larger, …

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Jefferson: Create Paradise by Taxing the Rich

All this talk about taxes makes me think of Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours 15 Apr. 1811, Monticello, Virginia, USA The poor man in this country who uses nothing but what is made within his own farm or family, or within the US. pays not a farthing of tax to …

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Jefferson on Wage Slavery

In my recent article, Wage Slavery: A Quick History, I gave several historical references to the term "wage slavery". I came across a letter form Jefferson to his friend Thomas Cooper where Jefferson was comparing the population of England to that of the United States. In the letter, Jefferson does not use the term "wage slavery", but …

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Jefferson on the Inequality of Property

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison 28 Oct. 1785, Fontainebleau, Paris, France Papers 8:681--82 I set out yesterday morning to take a view of the place. For this purpose I shaped my course towards the highest of the mountains in sight, to the top of which was about a league. As soon as I had got …

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God and Country – The Real Story of Religion in Early America

In light of the recent controversy surrounding an Islamic center planned for a site near New York City’s Ground Zero memorial this past August, President Obama declared: “This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.  The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will …

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Democracy: what it is, isn’t, and what it should be

In 431 BCE, while commemorating the city’s war dead, Pericles, the Athenian leader, spoke some of the most glorious words I have ever read: “Our ordinary citizens, though occupied with the pursuits of industry, are still fair judges of public matters;…and instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, …

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