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  • Lecture posted June 25, 2013 by Joseph Postell, Ph.D., Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Todd F. Gaziano How to Limit Government in the Age of Obama

    The Role of Congress Joseph Postell, PhD: Limiting government in the age of Obama is a tall order, but it is a tall order not simply because of who occupies the White House. It is a tall order because it requires limiting government in the age of the administrative state, which stacks the deck against those hoping to place limits on government. To mount an effective…

  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted February 20, 2013 by Joseph Postell, Ph.D. Calvin Coolidge: Forefather of Our Conservatism

    Calvin Coolidge is the only President in American history born on the Fourth of July. It is appropriate that he bears this distinction, since Coolidge—more so than any other President of the 20th century—embodied a dedication to the principles that the Founders fought to establish in the American Revolution. In addition, he lived at a time when these principles came under…

  • Special Report posted December 14, 2012 by Joseph Postell, Ph.D. From Administrative State to Constitutional Government

    Introduction Part 1: What Is the Administrative State? Part 2: The Problem of the Administrative State Part 3: The Alternative—Constitutional Government Part 4: What Can Be Done? Conclusion Abstract: The administrative state is an assault on constitutional principles—government by consent, the separation of powers, and the rights of…

  • Play Movie Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: What de Tocqueville Teach Video Recorded on April 17, 2009 Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: What de Tocqueville Teach

    Despotism can come in many forms. In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville cautioned readers about the possibility that democracy would result in a soft despotism of expanding paternalistic state power that gradually undermines self-government…

  • Play Movie The End of Conservatism? Video Recorded on April 1, 2009 The End of Conservatism?

    In the wake of the 2008 election and the aggressively liberal thrust of the Obama Administration, many pundits, conservative as well as liberal, are declaring that the era of modern Conservatism, launched under Ronald Reagan a quarter of a century ag…

  • WebMemo posted February 20, 2009 by Joseph Postell, Ph.D., Nathaniel Ward D.C. Representation: How Congress Promotes the Interests of the District of Columbia

    Pending legislation in the Senate to grant the District of Columbia a representative in Congress would undermine the District's unique constitutional status as a city under the responsibility of the U.S. Congress. The "District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009" (S. 160) would grant the District a voting representative in Congress. Such…

  • WebMemo posted December 14, 2007 by Joseph Postell, Ph.D. Securing Liberty: The Purpose and Importance of the Bill of Rights

    National Bill of Rights Day customarily occupies a minor place on our calendars, if it occupies a place at all. It falls every year on December 15, commemorating the ratification of the first 10 amendments to our Constitution, which occurred on that day in 1791. Bill of Rights Day is a day for rising above the commotion over the meaning of each specific amendment. It…

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