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

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…Continue Reading “The Executive Order and the Natural Law”

I haven’t been posting much lately, and there’s a reason. I’ve been busy writing a new book. And it’s ready for the reading public. The title is Common Law & Natural Rights: The Question of Conservative Foundations, and it is an examination of natural rights as the foundation for conservatism, as opposed to the common…Continue Reading “New Book: Common Law & Natural Rights”