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  • First Principles

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

    Exploiting Our National Monuments

    Even as the government he led was building a city named for him, General Washington knew that monuments are for citizens, not governments. He wrote that building them is accomplished “not through the organ of government, as a political act; but in a mode which will best testify the sentiments … More

    Banned from Handing Out Constitutions on Constitution Day

    On Constitution Day this year, Robert Van Tuinen, an Army veteran and a student at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in California, was trying to pass out copies of the United States Constitution and drum up support for his proposed Young Americans for Liberty chapter on campus. School administrators at MJC … More

    Government Shutdown Doesn’t Slow Privately Run Mount Vernon

    While the government shutdown has kept tourists out of many of our national monuments, private organizations like the home of the father of our country remain open for business. The picturesque estate of George Washington has long been a popular venue to visit while in the D.C. area, but right … More

    Speech Restrictions on National Mall Violate the Constitution

    As the government “shutdown” drags on, Washington’s National Mall remains closed to the general public. Not everyone, however, is forbidden to set foot on the mall. The National Park Service (NPS) has posted signs indicating that certain portions of the mall are closed “except for 1st Amendment activities.” A planned … More

    What the Founders Thought about Debt

    “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” wrote William Shakespeare in Hamlet. As the Founders were exceptionally well read men, they surely knew the reference. And it’s clear that, when it comes to governing a nation, the Founders were nervous about allowing it to run up too much debt. As … More

    Behind the Scenes with Margaret Thatcher

    It has been almost 23 years since Lady Margaret Thatcher left 10 Downing Street and more than 10 years since she retired from politics completely. What is it about this leader that keeps her in the headlines and sparks both debate and praise throughout the world? According to Robin Harris, … More

    World War II Veterans Don't Let Shutdown Interrupt Visit to Memorial

    Storming the beaches of Normandy was the real battle. But World War II veterans proved today that they may be retired, but they are not done fighting. As part of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed today, including the World War II Memorial. At least it was, … More

    Isolating the Problem at the United Nations

    Look how far Progressivism has come: As he prepared to lead the United States into World War I (less than a year after being re-elected by campaigning that he’d kept us out of the war), President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that our intervention would make the world “safe for democracy.” Not … More

    Forging the Correct Foreign Policy

    As the United States considered intervention in Syria recently, a number of presidents and policy experts weighed in. Not simply on whether intervention would be sound policy but on whether the United States is exceptional. But the Founders had no doubt that we would be, because they founded the U.S. … More

    Sustaining American Freedom

    It would be virtually impossible to market a product in the United States today unless you could call it “sustainable.” We want sustainable farming, sustainable packaging, a sustainable environment. Yet nobody talks about the importance of sustaining something far more important: freedom. During a recent address at The Heritage Foundation, … More