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In This Moment of Turmoil, Let the Declaration of Independence Do Its Magic Once Again

The United States was the first nation in world history to found itself on a universal doctrine that placed human dignity and equality, separate from any religious doctrine, at its core.

What Is the American Idea?

Richard Brookhiser’s Give Me Liberty is a defense of what he calls “America’s Exceptional Idea,” an elegant and lyrical case for the ideal that has shaped America: liberty.

God, Our Rights, and the Modern Liberal Mind

The notion of God-given rights is a philosophical thread that runs throughout the history of our country with astonishing consistency and, at least until now, a proposition very few people disputed.

MLK and the American Founding

Among his great contributions was that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw great injustice and sought to confront it within the American political tradition.