The Genealogy of Liberty Prolegomena to any Declaration of Independence

Liberty has a pedigree. Our freedom is not “natural,” it is an acquired inheritance, a generational bequest. This and this alone is the basis for saying that we as citizens of nation X are entitled to the freedoms this nation X embodies, while citizens of nation Y are not. Freedom is a construct forged within …

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Deconstructing the Declaration Breaking down the mechanism of inalienable rights

A meme making the rounds on Facebook (shared by the ever-provocative Dominic Foo) poses an interesting question: either “our rights come from God not government” or “Immigrants don’t have the same rights as Americans.” It would seem that one or the other applies: if our rights come from God, then why do the citizens of …

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Pentecost and Globalism

Last Sunday, Christians celebrated Pentecost. This highlight of the church calendar derives from the the second chapter of the book of Acts. Here is told how the Holy Spirit is poured out into the life of humanity. Jesus had promised His disciples that He would do this, and said it would happen upon His ascension …

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The Executive Order and the Natural Law

Cutting through the morass of legal arguments for and against the Trump administration’s executive order (EO) instating a so-called travel ban, is no easy task. The circuit court’s temporary restraining order (TRO), and the appeals court’s argument upholding the restraining order, make much of the harm being caused to various parties – aliens, residents, communities …

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