Category: Government

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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America’s Christian Heritage – The Purpose Of Early National Education

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace in society.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Attending school three hundred years ago, a young student would have listened to a passage read directly from the Bible, bowed his head in prayer with the rest of his classmates when led to, and afterwards open his McGuffey reader (heavily laced with Biblical references) to the appropriate page.

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NGV Friday: State of the Union – Where Do We Stand?

By Nathan Smith and Christopher Goodrich

The 2018 State of the Union address has undoubtedly summed up the presidency of Donald Trump.  Not only was it the longest one in recent memory, it was probably the boldest and most memorable in recent memory; surely for decades.

Trump promised to deliver a unifying message.  Whether it was for the rich or poor, black or white, citizen or non-citizen, he exulted some of America’s core values and principles in this address.  Whether you are a supporter or a critic, there was something for you in this speech, and this worked undoubtedly in his favor.

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Ulbrichtian Communism: Economy of the Iron Fist Part II

In my last article I went over some of the crucial economic factors that emphasized the failures of the “iron-fist” economic policies that decimated the German Democratic Republic’s growth capabilities as well as its repressive policies that forced its population into political submission.  I find it striking how they hadn’t learned their lesson from their Nazi past by trading one form of tyranny for another under the auspices of Stalinist communism.  I find it even more intriguing that there were actually those who believed that the GDR would eventually become a successful nation.  Even though I’m writing this piece decades after the fact, it is astounding how anyone could believe that the GDR would recover from Ulbricht and the Politburo’s oppressive statism.  However, I think it’s important to highlight the way of thinking that led academics to think the way they did about the GDR’s propensity to compete with its Western adversary over the Berlin Wall.  But then again, what makes that period anymore different than the socialist acolytes in the high offices of government, media, universities and bureaucracy today that are once again trying to pander to people’s low self-esteem and weakness by proclaiming the apparent goodness of a government-run economy, aside from the “virtues” of a nanny state (big understatement) that typically accompanies the Communist paradigm.

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