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First Principles: Democracy Soon Degenerates Into the Depths of Such Anarchy That All Moral Virtue Is Extinguished

“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Known Propensity of Democracy Is Toward Licentiousness

“The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.”  – Fisher Ames, speech in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788  

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The Squishy Sound of Democracy

The suppression of free speech is a leading indicator of fascism not freedom and certainly not the small r republican values our Founding Fathers advocated in their classical liberalism.  I for one refuse to bend to tyranny from any camp… … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Greatest Threat To Today Is the Climate of Dishonesty

“The greatest threat to American democracy isn’t communism, jihadism or any other external force or foreign power.  It’s our own willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service of party, and in pursuit of power.” – Michael Bloomberg While I disagree with … Continue reading

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First Principles: Democracy Degenerates Into Anarchy Without Subordination to Morality

“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these … Continue reading

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First Principles: Democracy Leads To Licentiousness Not Liberty

“The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.” –Fisher Ames, speech in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788 One need only look at the recent law passed by California in … Continue reading

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First Principles: Democracy Rapidly Deteriorates Into the Law of the Jungle

“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Equality Before God Equals Equality Before Law

“Of all the ideas associated with the general concept of democratic government, the oldest and perhaps the soundest is that of equality before the law.  In relation to the scheme of Christian ethics it is too obvious to need statement.  … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Plutarch’s Lives – Pericles

As discussed previously, Plutarch’s Parallel Lives is an important work not only because of the insights provided with respect to subject of the various persons who are discussed in the biographies but also due to the information provided about the times … Continue reading

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First Principles: Democracy Leads To Tyranny

“It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed … Continue reading

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