Magazine November 19, 2015, Issue

Freedom’s Framework

(Roman Genn)

‘The natural progress of things,” wrote Thomas Jefferson, “is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” Whatever our differences, William F. Buckley Jr. and I often found ourselves in the same trenches as we fought for a free society against a grasping government. Also like him, I have a “considerable — and considered — optimism” that freedom can overcome the collectivism that has taken hold in the classroom, civil society, and the halls of American government.

I have always been optimistic that freedom can prevail. That optimism is based on my conviction that the cause of freedom is just

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The Apology Policy

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