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  • First Principles Series Report posted August 30, 2010 by Thomas G. West The Economic Principles of America’s Founders: Property Rights, Free Markets, and Sound Money

    Abstract: Although there are many scholarly treatments of the Founders’ understanding of property and economics, few of them present an overview of the complete package of the principles and policies upon which they agreed. Even the fact that there was a consensus among the Founders is often denied. Government today has strayed far from the Founders’ approach to…

  • First Principles Series Report posted September 2, 2009 by Paul Rahe, James W. Ceaser, Ph.D., Thomas G. West Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: What Tocqueville Teaches Today

    Editor's Note: The following exchange is adapted from a public conversation among Paul Rahe (Hillsdale College), James Ceaser (University of Virginia), and Thomas West (University of Dallas) that took place at The Heritage Foundation on April 16, 2009, the date of release for Paul Rahe's book SoftDespotism, Democracy's Drift, and the 150th anniversary of the death…

  • First Principles Series Report posted July 18, 2007 by Thomas G. West, William A. Schambra The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics

    Progressivism was the reform movement that ran from the late 19th century through the first decades of the 20th century, during which leading intellectuals and social reformers in the United States sought to address the economic, political, and cultural questions that had arisen in the context of the rapid changes brought with the Industrial Revolution and the growth…

  • Lecture posted October 4, 1988 by Thomas G. West Conservatives, Liberals, and the Founding: The Meaning of the Debate Over Natural Rights

    The Constitution Today The Constitution is in trouble. The President has lost much of his power to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Individual Congressmen do that through their committees and subcommittees that control executive branch agencies. Instead of one chief executive every four years, responsible to the nation, we have scores of anonymous…

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