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First Principles: It Is An Object of Primary Importance That Public Opinion Be Enlightened Through Education

“Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” – George Washington, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Unlimited Power To Tax Necessarily Is the Power To Destroy

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” – John Marshall (1819)    

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Thought For the Day: The Shadow of A Man Is Determined By Character

“Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man. His character determines the character of the organization.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (25 May 1803-1882)      

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Thought For the Day: In Science, Skepticism Is A Virtue

“Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.” – Robert King Merton, sociologist (4 Jul 1910-2003)      

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