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  • Count on Trump to defend free speech from global censorship

    09/02/2019 5:25:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/02/19 | Madison Gesiotto
    President Trump deserves enormous credit for his exceptional commitment to free speech at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France. Foreign leaders, like our own illiberal, liberal activists, are chomping at the bit to introduce ever more online censorship. At the G7, European leaders introduced a measure that would have drafted tech companies into the role of government censors, forcing them to police online content and remove anything that bureaucrats deem to be insensitive. Emmanuel Macron struggled in vain to conceal his disappointment as he announced that the United States had refused to sign on to his pet G7 compact, which...
  • Birth of a Navy Bill Federer recounts circumstances leading to America's naval strength

    08/04/2019 8:43:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/1/2019 | Bill Federer
    In June of 1775, citizens acting as merchant mariners captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta around Machias, Massachusetts (present-day Maine). That same month, General George Washington, with the help of merchant ship owner Colonel John Glover of Marblehead, Massachusetts, chartered and outfitted several ships to interrupt the British supplies. The marker at the base of John Glover’s statue in Boston states: “John Glover of Marblehead – A Soldier of the Revolution. He commanded a regiment of one thousand men raised in that town known as the marine regiment, and enlisted to serve throughout the war. He joined the camp at...
  • John Locke on Trust and Government

    08/27/2018 1:57:10 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | August 27th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Toward an Annual Article V Convention. To most historians of the 17th Century Stuart era, John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government rationalized the Glorious Revolution of 1688. At least one historian, Peter Laslett, disagrees. To Laslett, Locke’s texts were instead a call for revolutions yet to come. Not only did Locke’s philosophy call for our 1776 revolution, it reaches out to us today . . . but with a twist. Where Locke gave little attention to the nuts and bolts of how a community goes about restoring free government after its dissolution, our Framers provided the solution in Article...
  • Independence, John Locke and Article V

    06/13/2018 1:04:22 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | June 13th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    When the time arrived to put independence into writing, our Founders embraced the principles of John Locke (1632-1704). Given the simplicity of Locke’s fundamentals and the popularity of his works as 18th century events cascaded into our Revolution, one doesn’t need a PhD in philosophy to grasp the elements of his theory. America would do well to relearn the precepts of the man who so influenced our revolutionary era, for within his framework is the salvation of the American experiment in free government. In his Two Treatises of Government, Locke’s starting point was not seriously questioned in America until recent...
  • Article V and John Locke

    09/19/2016 1:49:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | September 19th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    When the time arrived to put independence into writing, our Founders turned to John Locke (1632-1704). Given the simplicity of Locke’s fundamentals, and the exposure he received as 18th century events cascaded into our Revolution, one doesn’t need a PhD in philosophy to grasp the elements of his theory. America 2016 would do well to embrace the precepts of the man who so influenced our revolutionary era, for within his framework is the salvation of the American experiment in free government. In his Two Treatises of Government, Locke starts from a standpoint not questioned seriously until recent decades: “When men...
  • Belonging to Government or to God?

    09/12/2016 2:14:14 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | September 12th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Like me, you probably did an eye-roll when you were a middle school kid and read of the charge in our Declaration of Independence that King George III intended to practically enslave his American colonists. Yeah, right. Those Founders sure knew how to exaggerate. At the 2012 democrat party convention, the party of chattel slavery ditched all reference to God from their platform. Getting back to their roots and letting lose their inner Marxists, they went on to inform the nation that not only is government the one thing we all have in common, everyone belongs to it! Notwithstanding the...
  • John Locke: On the Dissolution of Government (II)

    06/22/2016 12:26:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    http://articlevblog.com/ ^ | June 21st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In view of the increasing failures of national, state, local government from San Jose, CA to Sweden to protect their citizens from thugs, both secular and religious, where do innocent people turn when the institutions designed to serve the community fail to do so, or worse, actually turn against the people? From my last post, John Locke explained in Chapter XIX of his Second Treatise, the legislative power, or, simply the legislative, granted by society to government is the essence of republicanism. When any force, from outside or within, alters the legislative, government is dissolved. Locke writes: "When the legislative...
  • Learning Locke: An Introduction to Cato’s Letters

    05/07/2016 10:00:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Thomas Jefferson famously adapted key passages of John Locke’s Second Treatise in his draft Declaration of Independence. An 18th century gentleman could hardly regard himself as learned without the ability to quote a few Lockean passages from memory. Yet, what of the average colonial? Books were expensive imports. How were the yeomanry educated well enough in Lockean concepts to readily understand and accept this radical document, the Declaration of Independence? Through newspapers. Like modern Americans, our colonial forebears were also political junkies. Freewheeling editorials, letters to the editor that criticized parliamentary and colonial governments were standing features of public life....
  • Who are the Real Liberals?

    09/20/2014 4:04:23 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 20, 2014 | Benjamin Aguda
    A few hundred years ago, humanity went through a remarkable period of transformation, the Enlightenment. A number of different developments enabled this transformation to take place, and the impact of the Enlightenment has been tremendous. One area where the Enlightenment had particularly strong influence was in political theory. Before the Enlightenment, it was common knowledge that all men were natural slaves. We were slaves to our parents and slaves to our rulers in the same way that we were naturally slaves to God. This ancient doctrine justified the despotic political systems that had existed in one form or another throughout...
  • 10 essential quotes from a classic 1689 title made for (but forgotten in) the age of Obama

    08/29/2014 12:49:47 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 3 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-08-29 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Today is the birthday of a man who left an indelible imprint on American history and the history of the free world more broadly. The Englishman John Locke was born on August 29, 1632. Locke was one of the most heralded Enlightenment thinkers — preeminent among classical liberals — developing theories on natural rights, property, government, not to mention law and philosophy more broadly that would influence the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Western civilization itself. His intellectual achievements were so great that Thomas Jefferson identified Locke as one of “the three greatest men who ever lived, without any...
  • Jefferson and the right to revolution

    02/09/2011 5:22:37 PM PST · by Celtic Cross · 12 replies
    My own unsound mind | 02/09/11 | Celtic Cross
    For a scholarly work I may try to crank out, I was wondering...Under what conditions do a people, according to Jefferson, have a right to revolt or rebel? The obvious answer is; "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,...
  • Islamic Influences on John Locke

    10/20/2010 6:50:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Musalman Times ^ | 13 October 2010
    To understand John Locke one has to understand what was going on internationally. He was born in an era of ascendant Islam. On the eve of Locke’s birth the Ottomans Murad IV (r. 1623-40) was the ruler of the Ottomans. As a young man Locke may have heard stories about the reign of Sultan Ibrahim (r. 1640-48). But Locke’s major years saw Mehmed IV (January 2, 1642 – January 6, 1693) reigning a largest Ottoman empire. In 1658 Greek mainland and islands fall under the control of the Ottoman Sultan. The Turks were knocking on the gages of Vienna in...
  • Who is John Locke?

    07/12/2010 11:59:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2010 | Joseph C. Phillips
    I am willing to wager my house that not one of my son’s seventh-grade classmates could identify John Locke in a photo. I am then willing to let that wager ride on another gamble that less than one percent of the seventh or eighth-graders in the Los Angeles Unified School District would be able to identify Locke in a photo array of historical figures. Double or nothing that not only would they not know who he is, but they would also have no idea of why he is important. I would then bet my entire stack of chips that a...
  • Separation of health and state

    08/08/2009 5:47:37 PM PDT · by Mack E. O-Velly · 7 replies · 644+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | August 8, 2009 | Roger Banks
    Let us suppose ... that some prince were desirous to force his subjects to ... preserve the health and strength of their bodies. ..." The above hypothetical was posited not in yesterday's debate but in 1685, in "A Letter Concerning Toleration," John Locke's momentous essay on religious liberty. To expose the folly of 17th-century religious intolerance, Locke brings it to a logical and ridiculous extreme: government-run health care. Self-evident to his contemporaries was the truth that . . . .
  • Terror victims' relatives vow revenge

    03/16/2009 4:00:01 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 5 replies · 554+ views
    Y-Net Israel ^ | 3-16-09 | Tzvika Brot
    Brothers who lost family in Jerusalem attack: We'll pursue terrorists freed in swap deal The relatives of some Israeli terror victims are preparing for the "day after" a possible Shalit prisoner swap, in an effort to locate and target terrorists freed as part of the deal, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday. The new organization has already started to raise funds and held several meetings in order to formulate its "eye for an eye" policy. The initiative is being led by Attorney Meir Schijveschuurder and his brother Shvuel, who lost their parents and three siblings in the suicide bombing at the Sbarro...
  • Bolivian Senate OKs Oil Nationalization

    11/29/2006 1:18:33 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 12 replies · 531+ views
    ABC News ^ | Nov 29, 2006 | DAN KEANE
    Bolivia's Senate approved nationalization contracts with foreign oil companies during a hastily called session that ended early Wednesday morning. The deals, which were signed last month, were drawn up according to the terms of President Evo Morales' May 1 nationalization of Bolivia's petroleum industry. The agreements grant Morales' government a majority share of foreign companies' revenues generated in Bolivia as well as control over their operations in the country. Companies signing contracts include Brazilian state energy giant Petrobras, Spanish-Argentine company Repsol YPF, the French company Total SA, and British Gas, a unit of BG Group PLC. Bolivia's natural gas reserves...
  • Tools are in Place For Conservatives to Reclaim our State [NC Conservative Conference]

    04/02/2006 8:45:26 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 11 replies · 854+ views
    John William Pope Civitas Institute ^ | Reprint April 1, 2006 | Mary Catherine Rouse
    North Carolina Conservative Leadership Conference 2006April 7 - 8Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, NC In addition to speeches by leading conservatives, hundreds of activists will participate in issue forums led by experts. The issue forums will include: family values, illegal immigration, eminent domain, budget & taxes, education, economic development & incentives, healthcare, Jesse Helms' principles, talk radio, transportation, and "How to be a good North Carolina conservative". Participants will also be able to interact with other conservatives to learn what is going on around the state, and learn how conservative organizations are working to address some of the problem areas....
  • White House Press Corps Exposed

    02/16/2006 8:42:25 AM PST · by george76 · 81 replies · 4,255+ views
    Carolina Journal. ^ | February 16, 2006 | Jon Ham
    Sitting in armchairs waiting for handouts not the best way to get scoops Members of the elite White House press corps this week have acted more like animals that have been kept in captivity for so long that they can’t find news unless it is forced down their open gullets at a daily press briefing. The Cheney hunting accident story embarrassingly revealed this fact, which probably explains the greater-than-normal anger and outrage of White House correspondents over the last few days. “Why weren’t we told?” has been the refrain, not “How did we miss that story?” The White House press...
  • Folk Beliefs Have Consequences [Locke-ism v. Marxism]

    01/23/2006 10:58:52 AM PST · by Tolik · 18 replies · 1,703+ views
    TCSDaily.com ^ | January 23, 2006 | Arnold Kling
    The views of important thinkers become distilled into folk beliefs that shape our societies. John Locke and Karl Marx are two thinkers whose enormous influence can be described using this model.             "the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute" -- Maureen Dowd, the New York TimesMaureen Dowd's statement is Marxist. No, she did not advocate revolution by the proletariat. She did not say that we ought to have a Communist state. But her famous remark that someone in a particular class of victims has "absolute" moral authority is derived from "folk Marxism," as will...
  • On self-preservation & justification for pre-emptive war

    12/18/2005 10:22:24 AM PST · by fifthvirginia · 116+ views
    the author | 18 Dec 05 | Thomas L. Rosser
    It might surprise some that justification for pre-emptive war is found in the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration, got his ideas on pre-emptive war from John Locke's "Second Treatise on Government" and used them in the Declaration to justify the American Revolution. In his work, Locke argued against despotic power or "Absolute, Arbitrary Power" because being absolute and arbitrary it can be used to "take away" the lives of those subject to it. This makes despotic power opposed to self-preservation or "the preservation of Mankind," which Locke maintained was "the fundamental Law of Nature."...