Tag Archive: America’s Founding

  • Highlights from our Reddit AMA with Professor Sarah Burns

    Did you miss our recent Reddit AMA with Professor Sarah Burns of RIT’s political science department? You can find the whole conversation here, or check out some of the highlights below. Dr. Burns is a regular contributor to the Learn Liberty Blog, and starred in our series on America’s Founding.   Adama82 Hi, thanks for […]

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  • Reddit AMA with Professor Sarah Burns, scholar of the American founding

    Sarah Burns is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her research examines the intersection of political liberalization and American constitutional development with an eye toward policy implications for democratization across the globe.  Professor Burns was featured in Learn Liberty’s America’s Founding series. She has also written on American history (1), American foreign policy (2,3), elections (4,5), […]

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  • Modern Libertarians Have a Lot to Learn from This Moment in History

    Though I become more and more convinced—daily, if not hourly, and, sometimes, by the minute—of the inability of the political state to accomplish anything well, anything humanely, anything merely decently, or even anything without ultimately destroying the non-political spheres of life, I do think the finest possible state and political form of governance for a […]

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  • Podcast: Prof. Sarah Burns Explains Exactly How America Was Founded

    Oppressive taxation. Forcible quartering of soldiers in civilian homes. Lack of representation in government. What happens when a small group of rebels decide to declare freedom from the most powerful government in the world? The story of the American Revolution seems so second nature to many people that one may disregard the notion of listening […]

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  • A Closer Look at the Taxes That Led to America’s Founding

    When we left the colonists in the first installment of America’s Founding, the British Empire had begun taxing Americans for the purpose of retaining its vast military power. But the colonists viewed the very military they were funding with ire, as soldiers often treated the colonists with disregard. In the latest installment of this series, Professor […]

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  • Why the Founding Fathers Risked Everything for an Untried Idea

    Earlier this week, Americans celebrated one of their most meaningful holidays, their country’s Independence Day. It’s a day every American knows, a day spent with food, family, and fireworks. See Also: Why the American Revolution Was Really an Economic Revolution But, many Americans don’t know the real story that led to July 4, 1776. What […]

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  • Why the American Revolution Was Really an Economic Revolution

    Political slogans tend to obscure more than they enlighten. Barack Obama’s 2008 call for “Change We Need,” for example, turned out to mean almsgiving rather than substantive policy reform. Similarly, the American Revolution’s most famous slogan, “No taxation without representation,” failed to capture the essence of what colonists sought, or what, as freemen, they soon […]

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  • The Two Ideas that Made America

    The American Revolution: That moment when we declared independence from Great Britain and created an unprecedented new society. While we all know the basic details, most people don’t stop to ask exactly why the Founders declared independence from a powerful empire. After all, the risks of doing so were enormous. First, creating a democracy over […]

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