Issue Brief posted October 8, 2013
America’s Debt, Through the Eyes of the Founders
The Founders of the United States wanted to establish a country that could endure for generations, and they understood that massive debt would endanger their project. They knew that managing public finances to force government to live within its means was the prudent thing to do.
They understood that it would sometimes be necessary for the country to run a deficit—for…
Special Report posted September 9, 2013
The Myth of American Isolationism: Commerce, Diplomacy, and Military Affairs in the Early Republic
Section I: Diplomacy
Section II: Trade
Section III: Military Affairs
Conclusion: Changing Policies, Permanent Principles
Appendix: Sources for Charts, Tables, and Maps
It’s not exactly “Come home, America” all over again, but more Americans are asking legitimate questions about the nature and extent of our country’s activities around…
Lecture posted June 25, 2013
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…
Issue Brief posted March 8, 2013
A Defining Moment for Marriage and Self-Government
What was once an important debate over the legal status of marriage has emerged as a critical national issue, the resolution of which will shape the future of our society and the course of constitutional government in the United States.
Family is and will always remain the building block of civil society, and marriage is at the heart of the family. Redefining marriage…