Monday, November 24th, 2014

George Washington

1st President of the United States

George Washington George Washington

Thomas Jefferson

Author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of University of Virginia, author of Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom

Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

John Jay

1st Supreme Court Chief Justice, author of 5 Federalist Papers

John Jay John Jay

James Monroe

5th President of the United States

James Monroe James Monroe

Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States

Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln

John Quincy Adams

6th President of the United States, Ambassador, son of John Adams

John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams

John Marshall

Supreme Court Chief Justice

John Marshall John Marshall

Harry V. Jaffa


Harry V. Jaffa Harry V. Jaffa

John Locke

Author of the Two Treatises of Government, the Letter Concerning Religious Toleration

John Locke John Locke

James Madison


James Madison James Madison

Leo Strauss

Author of Natural Right & History, On Tyranny, Philosophy & Law, Liberalism Ancient & Modern, The City & Man, and many others.

Leo Strauss Leo Strauss

Looking for Student Scholars and Interns for 2014-2015

For the West Liberty University Community, the Center is looking for new student scholars and interns for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Please apply now by sending to the professor noted in the About page, your letter of interest,... 

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Erler on Citizenship

Prof. Ed Erler of CSUSB writes in “Defining Citizens” that the notion of birthright citizenship is not something that should be assumed: By itself, birth within the territorial limits of the United States, as the case... 

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Anniversary of the Civil War

This coming year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. E.J. Dionne, at the WaPo, posts an article on getting the cause for the war correct before the remembrance begins: When the war started, leaders of the Southern... 

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Is Democracy Dangerous?

In a review of The Servile Mind:  How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life by Kenneth Minogue (amazon) Mark Blitz restates the classic paleo position on culture via Minogue: Minogue is a distinguished professor emeritus of political... 

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The Constitution at Last

Charles Kesler (Claremont-McKenna College) has a nice essay on the importance of the Constitution.  Is the Constitution important?  Should it be so?  We are reminded of this from the recent Ryan v. Brooks debate at AEI.  There... 

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863)

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly... 

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Did Lincoln Come to Support Emancipation?

Or was it that he believed in the rights of all men all along?  Allen Guelzo levels a devastating critique at historian Eric Foner in this review of his new book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery: Mr. Foner’s... 

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Liberty, Law, & James Wilson

We commend to your reading this essay:  James R. Zink, “The Language of Liberty and Law:  James Wilson on America’s Written Constitution,” American Political Science Review 103, no., 3 (August 2009) :  442-455 See... 

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Happy Fourth of July

Happy 4th of July! On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee brought a resolution to the floor: Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance... 

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The Center Welcomes Michael Zuckert

Michael P. Zuckert, Ph.D Speaking Monday, March 15th: “Slavery & the Constitutional Convention of 1787” Zuckert (B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D, University of Chicago, 1974) is a Notre Dame professor, and has written on... 

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