Bullet Point Bio: James Wilson 

-James Wilson was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania.

-James was born in Scotland in 1742 and went to the University in St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh though he never obtained a degree from any of them.

-After studying the ideas of Francis Hutcheson, David Hume and Adam Smith he moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1766.

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Madison’s Formula

Separation of Powers and the Prevention of the Spawning of Tyrannical Government 

James Madison, having gone through numerous arguments in his essays compiled into the Federalist Papers regarding the need for a centralization of power into a national government, also takes care to efficiently explain how such power is to be delegated and split amongst the new government’s branches.  In Federalist No. 47, Madison finds himself in agreement with some of the principal objections of his opponents to the new Constitution.  Specifically, regarding the departments of the new government (of which the objectors argued needed to be separate and distinct), Madison concedes that “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.” His arguments provide perhaps one of the most brilliant cases for why liberty can only be truly protected from tyranny if power is divided amongst those who have the authority to exercise it.

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The Junior Patriot: The Swamp Fox at Fort Watson

By 1781 the Revolutionary War was going badly for Rebels in the South.  General Benjamin Lincoln had lost Charleston.  Gates was destroyed at Camden.  Colonel Thomas Sumter was defeated.  The British plan for the South seemed to be working.  Lord Charles Cornwallis proudly reported that “everything was wearing a face of tranquility and submission.”  But he spoke too soon!

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Reverse Engineering: The Destruction of Marriage, pt. I

By The Conservative Apologist

A few months ago, I was discussing the nature of social change and the decline of Christianity with a professor of mine.  She saw this change as healthy, citing the example of marriage in the 1950’s, which she believed to be very unhealthy.  I countered her point by asking, “And do you really think that marriage is in a healthier state now?”  After which, she was silent.

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