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FATHER: James Madison


James Madison (March 16, 1751 - June 28, 1836) was an American politician and political philosopher who served as the fourth President of the United States (1809-1817), and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Considered to be the "Father of the Constitution", he was[MORE]

FATHER: James Otis


was a lawyer in colonial Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts Legislature, and an early advocate of the political views that led to the American Revolution. The phrase "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny" is usually attributed to him.[MORE]

ARTICLE: The Boston Tea Party - No Taxation Without Representation


The Boston Tea Party is one of the most cherished stories from the founding of our country. This is one of the events that inspired the American colonists to stand up against tyranny imposed on them from the British government. We have heard a lot about the Tea Party of today so [MORE]

ARTICLE: The American Constitution and Its Critics


The American constitution is one of the most successful constitutions in the world however there has been some serious criticism of it over the years. Critics argue that it is undemocratic, places too many restrictions on government and is too vague in nature.[MORE]

ARTICLE: American Revolution and War for Independence


This paper is dedicated to the history of American Revolution and the War for Independence. The primary purpose of the survey given here is to carry out an analysis of the events of the late 18th century in the British colonies in North America on the basis of vast historical mat[MORE]

ARTICLE: Democracy or Republic?


Despite clear historical evidence showing that the United States was established as a republic and not a democracy, there is still confusion regarding the difference between these two very different systems of government.  Some confusion stems because the word “democracy” is[MORE]

ARTICLE: The History of Government and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms


Let's take a look at several thousand years of governmental disarmament of the populace. Of course all the while, the rulers, their guards and armies remained armed.[MORE]

ARTICLE: The First Leftist


Our founding fathers, along with the first Leftists who were of the same political faith, were well aware that individual freedom and personal responsibility for one's own welfare are equal and inseparable parts of the same truth. They knew that history amply supports this tru[MORE]

ARTICLE: The American Constitution and Its Critics


The American constitution is one of the most successful constitutions in the world however there has been some serious criticism of it over the years. Critics argue that it is undemocratic, places too many restrictions on government and is too vague in nature.[MORE]

ARTICLE: Declaration of Independence - What It Means Now


The following is last chapter in a book called, “The Story of the Declaration of Independence”. Malone, Dumas (1954) The Story of the Declaration of Independence, New York: Oxford University Press. This chapter is found on pages 266-268 and is included in its entirety below[MORE]

ARTICLE: Liberalism Stands for Freedom


THE story about the Grand Inquisitor in Dostoevsky's novel, The Brothers Karamazov, pictures Christ as appearing in the streets of Seville during the Spanish Inquisition just as a large number of heretics had been burned at the stake. The Grand Inquisitor arrested Christ, visited[MORE]

VIDEO: Common Sense by Thomas Paine [Philosophy Audiobook


Common Sense by Thomas Paine, Audiobook, Audio Philosophy. Thomas Paine has a claim to the title The Father of the American Revolution because of Common Sense, the pro-independence monograph pamphlet he anonymously published on January 10, 1776; signed "Written by an Englishman[MORE]

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The very definition of tyranny is when all powers are gathered under one place.

James Madison: The Federalist No. 47

Quote 278 details Share on Google+ - Quote 278 Linked In Share Button - Quote 278 Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Dupont de Nemours, April 24, 1816
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Quote 293 details Share on Google+ - Quote 293 Linked In Share Button - Quote 293 I have sworn upon the alter of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

Thomas Jefferson: to Dr. Benjamin Rush (23 Sept. 1800)

Quote 354 details Share on Google+ - Quote 354 Linked In Share Button - Quote 354 No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

James Madison: Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788
The Federalist Papers

Quote 373 details Share on Google+ - Quote 373 Linked In Share Button - Quote 373 The house of representatives...can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as the great mass of society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interest, and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny.

James Madison: Federalist No. 57, February 19, 1788
The Federalist Papers

Quote 422 details Share on Google+ - Quote 422 Linked In Share Button - Quote 422 This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.

Thomas Paine: Common Sense, 1776
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Quote 424 details Share on Google+ - Quote 424 Linked In Share Button - Quote 424 Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776
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Quote 605 details Share on Google+ - Quote 605 Linked In Share Button - Quote 605 Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aidthem to judge for themselves.


Quote 634 details Share on Google+ - Quote 634 Linked In Share Button - Quote 634 The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.


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All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.


Quote 663 details Share on Google+ - Quote 663 Linked In Share Button - Quote 663 When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.


Quote 706 details Share on Google+ - Quote 706 Linked In Share Button - Quote 706 Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery


Quote 714 details Share on Google+ - Quote 714 Linked In Share Button - Quote 714 The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.

Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526



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