Category: History

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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Lessons From the Past – Endurance, Part 1

The following is the amazing story of brave men that made an amazing voyage, which was said to have been “the last great journey during the heroic age of discovery.”

“Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness.  Safe return doubtful.  Honor and recognition in event of success.”

The above ad was placed by Sir Earnest Shackleton, an Irish-born veteran explorer, when preparing to start on his journey to be the first to cross the Antarctic via the South Pole.  While you may be thinking that this ad would have dissuaded men from applying for a position, it actually had the opposite effect.  Shackleton was inundated with over 5,000 men, boys, and even three girls who wanted to be a part of the expedition.  After conducting numerous interviews, which are said to have taken no more than five minutes a piece, Shackleton chose twenty-six men to make up his crew.  Shackleton’s method for choosing the men to accompany him was rather unusual, if he liked the looks of a man he was accepted, if he didn’t like the looks of a man he was not.  It is said that Shackleton was rarely wrong when judging a man’s character.

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