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First Principles: What Is Government Itself but the Greatest of All Reflections on Human Nature?

“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.“– James … Continue reading

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First Principles: Slavery Is Such An Atrocious Debasement of Human Nature, That Its Very Extirpation, If Not Performed With Solicitous Care, May Sometimes Open A Source of Serious Evils

“Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils.” -Benjamin Franklin (1789)

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Thought of the Day: Tyranny and Slavery, Are Alike Detestable To Minds Conscious of the Equal Dignity of Human Nature

“That the God of nature gave them life and freedom, upon the terms of the most perfect equality with other men; That freedom is an inherent right of the human species, not to be surrendered, but by consent… Tyranny and Slavery, … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Must Take Human Nature As We Find It, Perfection Falls Not To the Share of Mortals

“We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” – George Washington (1786)

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The Dreamwork of Nightmares

In these dark times when it is so hard to be optimistic, can anyone be blamed for having nightmares?  But what then are these? The Dreamwork of Nightmares by Michael Doyle Even still as we grow and mature We find … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Love of Truth and A Veneration of Virtue Are the Latent Spark For People Capable of Understanding

“Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the “latent spark”… If … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is A Certain Enthusiasm In Liberty That Makes Human Nature Rise Above Itself In Acts of Bravery and Heroism

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton, in The Farmer Refuted (February 23, 1775)    

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A New Nation Born Pt II

The American story series continues… A New Nation Born Pt II by Michael Doyle In the haphazard wake of 1776 There were so many constructs to fix The ancients had always taught Only a smallish sized republic should be sought … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Certain Enthusiasm In Liberty Makes Human Nature Rise Above Itself In Acts of Bravery and Heroism

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton      

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