• The Pro-Life Reply to: “Abortion is a Constitutional Right”
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    The Pro-Life Reply to: “Abortion is a Constitutional Right”

    The 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, required states to allow abortion. The seven men forming the majority said the right to privacy includes a woman’s decision to end the life of her preborn child, effectively through all nine months of pregnancy. This decision was widely criticized, even by legal scholars who support abortion. Notably, the Justice who wrote the Roe v Wade opinion, Harry Blackmun, made an important admission. He wrote: if prenatal “personhood is established,” the case for abortion “collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment.” The Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868 after the Civil War to…

  • Is The U.S. Constitution Actually Special?
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    Is The U.S. Constitution Actually Special?

    James Buchanan: And we’ve got away from kind of what I like to think of kind of a constitutional attitude. That is, the public doesn’t understand the government in its limited role and certainly the politicians themselves don’t understand. Milton Friedman: That was the great wisdom of the Founding Fathers of this country, of the people who wrote the Constitution. That constitution was designed to limit government’s powers, in order to preserve the freedom of the individuals, and what has happened in the past 50 years is that the fundamental character of the Constitution has really been changed. We have broadened enormously the conception of what is a governmental power…

  • Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28
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    Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course World History and today you aren’t going to get a blow by blow chronology of the American Revolution, and you aren’t going to get cool biographical details about Thomas Jefferson or George Washington. But you are going to get me not wearing any pants. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! Did you know that George Washington might have had slave teeth implanted into his jaw? Yeah, I did, Me from the Past, and while it’s fun to focus on metaphorically resonant details, what we’re concerned with here is why the American Revolution happened and the extent to which it was actually revolutionary. Plus, for…

  • DEA Takes $82,000 Life Savings From Pittsburgh Retiree
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    DEA Takes $82,000 Life Savings From Pittsburgh Retiree

    The government helped themselves to the life savings of my grandparents and my father. Described how you felt that day. Insulted Insulted I felt that my father and his father before him worked very hard for this money and I’m merely taking it from one state to another to take care of my father and the fact that someone can put their hand into my pocket and just take it without cause was insulting as an American. My dad is 79 years old he has always been a larger-than-life personality He has worked really really hard over his entire career to support my brothers and myself. He’s just one of…

  • Free Thoughts, Ep. 213: Do Employers Rule Our Lives? (with Elizabeth Anderson)
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    Free Thoughts, Ep. 213: Do Employers Rule Our Lives? (with Elizabeth Anderson)

    Aaron Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts, I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Powell: Joining us today is Elizabeth Anderson. She’s the Arthur F. Thurnau professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She was, I believe, one of the earliest guests on this show. Trevor Burrus: Definitely the first 30 or so, I would say. Aaron Powell: Yeah, so welcome back to Free Thoughts, Professor Anderson. Elizabeth Anderson: [00:00:30] It’s great to be back. Aaron Powell: So today, we’re talking about your newest book, Private Government, How Employers Rule Our Lives and Why We Don’t Talk About…

  • America’s success depends on her virtue ft. Professor Robert George | #TruthStraightUp
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    America’s success depends on her virtue ft. Professor Robert George | #TruthStraightUp

    ♪ George: People today talk a lot about the faults and flaws of our founding fathers. They were human beings. They had faults. They had flaws, some serious. They were also men of extraordinary genius, and they bequeathed to us a constitution that really, truly is and should be the envy of the world. They understood something, though: that constitution is actually, at the end of the day, not a machine that will go of itself. Those constitutional structures that protect our liberties, that prevent tyranny by checking government power, the doctrine of federalism, the separation of powers, judicial review, and so forth, judicial review being something, of course, that…

  • MLK & Universal Basic Income | Guaranteed Income (5 Reasons)
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    MLK & Universal Basic Income | Guaranteed Income (5 Reasons)

    At the end of his life… Martin Luther King Jr. was working on a campaign… …to ensure all Americans… …had a dignified standard of living… …with what is now referred to as a… Universal Basic Income. Or as he called it: A guaranteed minimum income… …for all people… …and all families of our country. The problems which are developing… …as a result of automation and cybernation. As far back as 1961… …MLK saw a new economic trend… …of automation dissolving jobs”. He called it a “catastrophe”… …and said “black and white…” “…we will all be harmed…” “…unless something grand and imaginative is done.” “A true revolution of values will soon…

  • The pursuit of happiness (1974) | ARCHIVES
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    The pursuit of happiness (1974) | ARCHIVES

    Announcer: The American Enterprise Institute presents the distinguished lecture series on the Bicentennial of the United States. Our host for this thought provoking series is Vermont Royster — Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist with The Wall Street Journal and Professor of Journalism and Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina. Vermont: I am Vermont Royster with another in the American Enterprise Institute’s distinguished lecture series on the American Bicentennial. In honor of America’s 200th Anniversary, AEI has invited many other nation’s leading scholars to share with us their views on the American Revolution, its goals and results, and how still affects all of us today. AEI is a nonpartisan, nonprofit…