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First Principles: America Is A Republic Not A Democracy

“Pure democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their … Continue reading

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First Principles: Separation Between Politics and Personalities

“It’s been a great source of pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents  who have not had the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred … Continue reading

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First Principles – Truth Stands On Its Own

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781) In today’s society, there are many who start with the underlying proposition … Continue reading

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