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Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx: How Money Corrupts American Democracy

In Abraham Lincoln’s Lyceum Address, he presents an argument favoring law and order as contingent for the preservation of American democracy from the threat of mob rule and demagoguery. He states that mob rule is capricious and punishes the innocent as … Continue reading

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“The Thoreau of the West”: Edward Abbey and Henry David Thoreau

Dubbed by Larry McMurtry as the “Thoreau of the West”, Edward Abbey was an author and philosopher whose work in defense of the environment was shaped in part by Henry Thoreau’s writing. Where Thoreau faced the scourge of slavery and … Continue reading

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Religion and Democracy

Current events have brought the separation of church and state and the role of religion in the affairs of the state to the forefront of modern democratic discourse. The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 created a wave of fear … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter

We have read in the Classic Slave Narratives the lives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. These narratives form an important part of African-American identity formation as well as demonstrate the considerable adversity past African-Americans have experienced. The shadow of slavery … Continue reading

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American Empire and the “Quest for Inclusion” in the Case of American Samoa

In Judith Shklar’s American Citizenship: The Quest for Inclusion, she outlines how important voting, standing, and earning are to full inclusion as a citizen of the United States. Perhaps due to space concerns, Shklar could not devote much attention to … Continue reading

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Arguments for Big Government

In The Democratic Wish, James Morone argues government should not only be big, but strong as well. Yet, according to Morone, the government has been restrained from being strong by the American people. As he puts it, “The urge to protect … Continue reading

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Anti-Federalism on the Range

For 20 years, Cliven Bundy was in violation of federal law and regulations for grazing his cattle on federal land. The Bureau of Land Management fined him one million dollars for unpaid fees for his refusal to abide by the … Continue reading

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Classical Liberalism and Civic Republicanism in the Time of Anti-Vaccinationism

In the summer of 1764, Ethan Allen and Dr. Thomas Young performed a revolutionary act in the center of Salisbury, Connecticut [1]. Allen had volunteered himself for a primitive form of inoculation against smallpox and the two of them made … Continue reading

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The Revolutionary Legacy of Thomas Paine & Those Who Would Distort It

Thomas Paine was the definer of an American identity when the American people thought of themselves not as Americans, but as Virginians, New Yorkers, Rhode Islanders, Carolinians, and so on. He argued the case for the separation of the American … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby vs. Sebelius Through Real Animals and Fake Paws

  On Oct. 19, 2014, due to cameras being forbidden in the Supreme Court, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” proposed covering Supreme Court cases through courtroom reenactments featuring animals. John Oliver argues our important cases would be more engaging … Continue reading

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