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    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    Occupy Wall Street Is No Tea Party

    The past few years have witnessed the rise and fall of several left-leaning political fads, each touted as a response to the rise of the Tea Party Movement: the Coffee Party, One Nation, and Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’ s Rally to Restore Sanity. A month after the Wall Street … More

    Popular Vote or the Electoral College?

    While New Hampshire maneuvers to maintain first-in-the-nation primary status, a new Gallup poll reveals many Americans don’t care who New Hampshirites want to be President. In fact, they don’t care who any state wants to be President. A majority of those polled—62 percent—would prefer to amend the Constitution so that … More

    Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal?

    Silly Brits. After all these years, they still don’t understand natural rights. During a moot debate last week at Franklin Hall in Philadelphia, British lawyers argued that the 1776 American Declaration of Independence was not only illegal, but actually treasonable. “There is no legal principle then or now to allow … More

    John Dewey and the Progressive Redefinition of Freedom

    Today is John Dewey’s birthday, and though it’s been almost 60 years since this major Progressive figure passed away, thoughtful conservatives should acquaint themselves with his writings, since they had a profound impact on our society. Dewey, who is best known for his work on education’s role in democracy, wrote … More

    Drowning in an Ocean of Ink? Heritage to the Rescue!

    America publishes roughly 288,000 books every year, more than any other country in the world. Although this is a wonderful reflection of our country’s thirst for knowledge, such a tidal wave of publications is a nightmare for people looking for top quality works. Where on earth do you begin to … More

    PODCAST: The Constitution and National Defense

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, former Attorney General Ed Meese and graduate fellow Marion Smith discuss the Constitution and providing for the common defense. Click here to listen. Were the Founders isolationists, who believed in non-interventionism? What relevance does their understanding of providing for defense have today? And what … More

    Morning Bell: Who Is Responsible for Protecting America?

    On October 25, 1983, the first of 7,000 U.S. troops landed on the shore of Grenada under the command of President Ronald Reagan. The goal of the mission? Put down a violent coup that threatened to put the country in the Communist bloc and give the Soviet Union another foothold … More

    Less Is More: Heritage’s Unique Approach to Primary Sources

    Unsure why the Founders adamantly supported the separation of powers? Need to prove to a friend that Progressives rejected natural rights and limited government? The best way to answer these questions is to study the words of the Founders and the Progressives themselves, but sifting through the mass of online … More

    Saving America: Start with the Basics

    Our country is at a tipping point, yet the last thing we need to do is start anew. “We don’t need to remake America or discover new and untested principles,” says Heritage’s Matt Spalding. At times like these, we should return to our First Principles, which provide us with the … More

    Preserve the Constitution Series: The Constitution and the Common Defense

    Arguably more than any other armed conflict, the events of September 11, 2001, tested the President’s constitutional authority to wage war on behalf of the country. Whether the issue was the capture and treatment of detainees, interrogation techniques, surveillance, the Geneva Conventions, wiretapping, Guantanamo, or the role of the courts … More