• Why the Articles of Confederation Were Actually a Success
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    Why the Articles of Confederation Were Actually a Success

    [ Music ]>>Paul A. Gilje: First lecture today I’m going to talk to you about — it’s really a question. Actually, both lectures are set up as sort of questions. So the first question is, “The Articles of Confederation: Success or Failure?” Let me begin by reminding you what the Articles of Confederation are; or were. The Articles of Confederation were — well I should change that phrase, have been considered sort of the first form of government of the United States. They were written in 1776, and that year is extremely important for lots of reasons. They were written in 1776, and have often been criticized as being —…

  • Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration
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    Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

    Halfway across the globe, and we’re standing on new ground. Screaming across the waves you can’t hear a sound. There’s no fair trials, no trade, no liberties. No tea! We’ve colonized America. We won’t stand for tyranny! O king: and it’s too late to apologize. It’s too late! I said it’s too late to apologize. It’s too late! We’ve paid your foolish tax, read the acts, and they just won’t do. We want to make it clear, we believe this much is true: all men were created with certain unalienable rights! Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! It’s too late to apologize! It’s too late! I…

  • Brutus v. Publius: The Fight Over the Judiciary
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    Brutus v. Publius: The Fight Over the Judiciary

    By 1787, a crisis seemed on the horizon. The existing government of the Union was not working well. The Articles of Confederation was an alliance between pre-existing states. The Articles relied on one state, one vote, one branch of government, which meant it wasn’t really a government. Both the advocates of the Constitution and their opponents were dissatisfied with the Articles. The difference between them was the opponents of the new Constitution thought the Articles could cure themselves; they could pass a series of amendments that would empower the national government. And the Federalists concluded that what we had to do was start over. “Instead of confining themselves to the…

  • Michael Waldman: The Founders on Impeachment and Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections
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    Michael Waldman: The Founders on Impeachment and Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

    – Impeachment is a core constitutional power and responsibility. It’s one of those things in our American system that’s actually worked very well. It has not been overused. It hasn’t generally been something that each party does to the other whenever they get a chance. Only three times in American history has it ever really been seriously considered to impeach the president by Congress. The framers of the Constitution included impeachment because they wanted to make sure that the president wouldn’t be somebody who would abuse their power or break the law. There’s a lot of echoes in that in what Donald Trump is being accused of: using the power…

  • What to know about the founding fathers | theSkimm
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    What to know about the founding fathers | theSkimm

    The founding fathers were the great men who laid the foundation for our country. There’s no official list of the founding fathers. But there are a lot of great names you’ve probably already heard And some you might not know so well. He was our first president And also the leader of the troops for the American revolution. He was our second president. And served as vice president under George Washington. His closest advisor was his dear wife Abigail. And here’s the thing, she was a lot cooler than him. The third president. And he wrote the Declaration of Independence. He also organized the Louisiana Purchase. Which doubled the size…

  • Alexander Hamilton’s Salacious Sex Scandal (feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda) – Drunk History
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    Alexander Hamilton’s Salacious Sex Scandal (feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda) – Drunk History

    Pretty drunk. [laughs] – You feel okay? – I’m giggly and there’s gaps in my memory. [laughs] – That’s all right. – Already. – Okay, so, uh, let’s get back. – So, Yorktown.We won!Well, now we’ve gotta form a country.Um, they all ask him, hey, come be a part of the Constitutional Convention.So we’re figuring out howthe American system is gonna work.The Constitutional Convention:this is the room where they’re decidingwhat the shape of our government should be.They’re hashing it out.And Hamilton speaks for six hours.But some of the things he pitched would haunt himthe rest of his career.He pitched maybe president for life?[whispering] Ooh, he’s secretly a monarchist.Maybe, uh, we…

  • Episode 121: How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty? (with Sheldon Richman)
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    Episode 121: How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty? (with Sheldon Richman)

    Aaron Ross Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And our guest today is Sheldon Richman. He’s the keeper of the blog Free Association at SheldonRichman.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society and Contributing Editor at Antiwar.com. He’s also the author of three books – Separating School and State, Your Money or Your Life and Tethered Citizens and the forthcoming volume The Constitution Revisited. Today we’re going to be talking about a couple of posts that you had up at your Free Association blog on – one is called The Constitution Revisited.…