John sealing the Magna Carta by Frank Wood, 1925

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…Continue Reading The Genealogy of Liberty Prolegomena to any Declaration of Independence

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…Continue Reading Deconstructing the Declaration Breaking down the mechanism of inalienable rights

‘Tis the season to be jolly? For many, the answer is “What? Are you kidding?” Christmas conjures up images of desperation shopping, crowds, hurriedness, nerves (did I get everyone something? Was it appropriate?). Not to mention the thought of receiving presents for which a polite response requires an effort of superhuman self-control. This obsessive-compulsive gift-giving……Continue Reading “A Christmas Meditation”