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Cato’s Letters: Liberty and Responsibility

Liberty and Responsibility in Cato's letters

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The authors of this series of letters directed them against the ministry of Robert Walpole, who they claimed was a dangerous centralist, using corruption in government, government debt, and the development of a standing army in a plot against British liberties. These letters caused quite a stir in their time in England, but in America they were widely read as being descriptive of the colonial situation in dealing with the mother land in the years following the close of the French and Indian War.

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Session I: Legitimate Authority

Trenchard and Gordon, Cato's Letters

Session II: Liberty and Individual Rights

Trenchard and Gordon, Cato's Letters

Session III: The Abuse of Power

Trenchard and Gordon, Cato's Letters

Session IV: The Importance of Participation in Public Life

Trenchard and Gordon, Cato's Letters

Session V: The Benefits of Civil Liberty

Trenchard and Gordon, Cato's Letters

Session VI: Threats to Civil Liberty

Trenchard and Gordon, Cato's Letters

Last modified April 13, 2016