The Hundreds: Thomas Jefferson’s Forgotten Plan for Restoring a Failed Republic

Thomas Jefferson became one of my heroes when I was 13 years old. So you’d think I’d enjoy hearing people say good things about him, but very often, I don’t. My reason is simple: the people who praise Jefferson seldom really understand him, and if they did, it’s questionable that they’d like him. (Others try to get rid of him by trashing his reputation.) What People Don’t Know A crucial …

The Earth Belongs to the Living, Not to the Dead

What if your grandfather had gone on a wild spending binge, long before you were born, and put himself millions of dollars in debt to people who knew he could never pay? Would it be your obligation to work double-shifts all your life to pay that debt back? And if you died before paying it off, would it become your baby’s obligation? I think most of us would answer those …

Jefferson’s Final Warnings

People remember Thomas Jefferson for the Declaration of Independence, which he wrote in 1776. A few will remember that he served as president from 1801 to 1809, but aside from that, they know almost nothing of his life and work. In actual fact, he lived till 1826, when he died on July 4, fifty years to the day after the ratification of his Declaration. During those fifty years, Jefferson’s intellectual …

“I’m Glad I Won’t Live to See It”

It’s a little scary how often I’ve been hearing one comment recently, of which the following is typical. It appeared on a financial web site about a month ago: This is all going down to hell, and we are all to blame for it. I am glad that I am old. It started maybe 10-15 years ago. Before that, pensioners would tell me they would love to be 20 years …

The Blow That Killed America 100 Years Ago

“There is a lot of ruin in a nation,” wrote Adam Smith. His point was that it takes a long time for nations to fall, even when they’re dead on their feet. And he was certainly right. America took its fatal blow in 1913, one hundred years ago; it just hasn’t hit the ground yet. This is a slow process, but it’s actually fast compared to the Romans. It took …

What is Liberty Exactly?

what is liberty More or less every modern politician talks about “freedom” or “liberty.” Actually, they don’t talk about it as much as they use it as a magic incantation. They go on at length about “our free country,” but if you could get them to define freedom, that definition would be something along the lines of “what we have.” Once we’re past such self-praising nonsense, we’re still left with the original question: …

Thomas Jefferson: “We Failed”

Thomas Jefferson failed Thomas Jefferson – one of my long-time heroes – was convinced that he and his friends blew the chance they had to establish true freedom in America. I know that a hundred thousand self-praising textbooks, speeches, pundits and songs claim that Jefferson and the rest established freedom, but that’s NOT what Jefferson thought, and that is NOT what he said. (You can choose whom to believe for yourself.) Nearly fifty …

Abusive Government: The Good Guys Are NOT Coming To Save Us

The Good Guys Are NOT Coming To Save Us A lot of Americans know that the US government is out of control. Anyone who has cared enough to study the US Constitution even a little knows this. Still, very few of these people are taking any significant action, and largely because of one error: They are waiting for “the good guys” to show up and fix things. Some think that certain groups of politicians will pull it together and …

We Do NOT Have a Federal Government

us federal government What was “Federal”? Nearly all of us use the word federal to refer to the United States national government, as distinct from the state governments. This has been an error on our part. Federal was a description, not a name. It would be fair to use federative in its place. It described a type of government, not a particular organization. For example, when we say “my friend has a fast …