On the Death of Liberalism and Its Institutions

With the birth of civilization came the creation of a class of the citizenry who seem to derive a perverse kind of pleasure from prophesying its doom. Ironically, it is the leisure time law and order affords men, who would otherwise fill their days with worry over how best to secure their needs against the privations of the wild, that makes such pointless pursuits as forecasting societal apocalypses possible. But whereas our forebears left such…

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There Is A Constitutional Right to Privacy

The nomination of Brett Cavanaugh to the Supreme Court has raised a perennial issue to the forefront of political debate. Under question is the issue of the right to privacy. Cavanaugh has previously expressed support for the federal government’s metadata collection program, writing in an opinion, “in my view, the Government’s metadata collection program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment.” His reasoning is not unusual: Kavanaugh considers seizure of data from third-party metadata providers…

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Precedent Should Not Be Worshiped By Politicians

The Western world has largely left the age of dynasty behind. No more is government a vehicle for personal laud and fortune; virtue, in its function as a barometer of efficacious law, takes its meaning from something more empiric than the whim of an empowered potentate. But overwhelmingly beneficial as this has been for the health of the body politic on the whole, the liberalizing of government institutions also has a downside. And this is…

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Localism and the Possibility of Self-Rule: Part 1

Series Overview The concept of limited government seemingly takes self-rule from the realm of the abstract and makes it the basis of a functional society. But, though it precludes the possibility of a central authority imbued with broad, sweeping powers, limited government is not synonymous to self-rule. The devolution of power that necessarily occurs as a result of the truncation of federal authorities might theoretically place power in the hands of individuals, but it is…

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The perverse morality of statism

Civilization, with its promises of equal and impartial justice, creates a balance between men. Long-term self-interest mandates that the pursuance of individual betterment not alienate one’s neighbors. One day they may prove imperative to survival. Each person is held in check by fear of righteous vengeance sought by the party they wronged with the help of the state. This fear is aided by the reflexivity of rights, for each man can imagine that the anger…

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