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  • Report posted February 17, 2011 by Edward J Erler, Ph.D. Defining Citizens: Congress, Citizenship, and the Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment

    There is a widespread belief that the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment automatically confers citizenship to anybody simply born on U.S. soil, regardless of the legal status of his or her parents. In reality, birthright citizenship is incompatible not only with the text of the Citizenship Clause, but more fundamentally, with the principle of consent—one of…

  • First Principles Series Report posted October 19, 2007 by Edward J Erler, Ph.D. The Decline and Fall of the Right to Property: Government as Universal Landlord

    "[T]he right of acquiring and possessing property and having it protected, is one of the natural inherent and unalienable rights of man."[1] A few years ago, one noted political reformer applauded the "demise of property as a formal constitutional limit." A new view of the right to property had, in this author's opinion, begun to replace the old constitutional…

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