Category Archives: First Principles

First Principles: Assimilation Is Best Encouraged

“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they … Continue reading

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First Principles: An Honest Man Is Worth More To Society Than Crowned Criminals

“Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.” – Thomas Paine, in Common Sense (1776)        

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First Principles: Useful Law Needs To Be Able To Be Easily Read and Understood

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” –  … Continue reading

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First Principles: Human Institutions Are Prone To Decay

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to … Continue reading

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First Principles: Honest Persons Find No Pleasure In Coercive Power

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson (1813)  

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First Principles: A Nation Should Avoid Perpetual Debt

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” –Thomas Jefferson      

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First Principles: Knowing History Is A Great Starting Point In Gauging the Present and Future

“History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Way to Modify Government Is Through Amendment

“If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change … Continue reading

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First Principles: Security and Private Property Rest On A Just Court

“Personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice.” —Joseph Story (1833)    

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First Principles: Excessive Taxes Reduce Consumption Which Reduces Taxes

“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any … Continue reading

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