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Thomas Aquinas on why the law should not punish imperfect men for practising vices which do not harm others (1274) St. Thomas Aquinas 2018-09-10
The Leveller John Lilburne argues from prison that the King and the Magistrate must obey the law like everyone else (1648) John Lilburne 2018-01-22
Under Magna Carta the King cannot imprison a freeman without being convicted by a trial of his peers (1215) John Lackland (King John) 2015-03-23
James Mackintosh on how constitutions grow and are not made (1799) Sir James Mackintosh 2014-10-27
Herbert Spencer on the superiority of private enterprise over State activity (1853) Herbert Spencer 2014-10-13
Frédéric Bastiat asks what came first, property or law? (1850) Frédéric Bastiat 2014-08-21
Sir Edward Coke declares that your house is your “Castle and Fortress” (1604) Sir Edward Coke 2014-07-28
Montesquieu and law as a fishing net (1720) Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu 2014-03-24
Tiedeman on the victimless crime of vagrancy (1900) Christopher G. Tiedeman 2014-03-10
James Wilson argues that it is the people, not the prince, who is superior in matters of legal sovereignty (1790) James Wilson 2013-05-20
Jasay on the superiority of “spontaneous conventions” over “legal frameworks” (2007) Anthony de Jasay 2012-12-10
Plucknett contrasts the flexibility and adaptability of customary law with the rigidity and remoteness of state legislation (1956) Theodore Frank Thomas Plucknett 2012-10-29
Plucknett on the Renaissance state’s “war against the idea of law” (1956) Theodore Frank Thomas Plucknett 2012-10-01
Algernon Sidney argues that a law that is not just is not a law (1683) Algernon Sidney 2012-06-25
Tiedeman states that the police powers under the constitution are strictly limited to enforcing the maxim: “use your own property in such a manner as not to injure that of another” (1886) Thomas Kingsmill Abbott 2012-04-09
Pollock on “our lady” the common law and her devoted servants (1911) Sir Frederick Pollock 2011-07-11
Algernon Sidney on the need for the law to be “deaf, inexorable, inflexible” and not subject to the arbitrary will of the ruler (1698) Algernon Sidney 2011-03-01
Sir Edward Coke explains one of the key sections of Magna Carta on English liberties (1642) Sir Edward Coke 2011-01-31
Spooner states the importance of the 9th Amendment to the American Constitution which protects the natural rights of the people not enumerated in the 1st 8 Amendments (1886) Lysander Spooner 2010-05-12
Lysander Spooner on Jury Nullification as the "palladium of liberty" against the tyranny of government (1852) Lysander Spooner 2009-08-31
Cesare Beccaria says that torture is cruel and barbaric and a violation of the principle that no one should be punished until proven guilty in a court of law; in other words it is the “right of power” (1764) Cesare Bonesana di Beccaria 2009-06-15
Sir William Blackstone provides a strong defence of personal liberty and concludes that to “secretly hurry” a man to prison is a “dangerous engine of arbitrary government” (1753) Sir William Blackstone 2009-05-04
John Adams predicts a glorious future for America under the new constitution and is in “reverence and awe” at its future prospects (1787) John Adams 2008-04-28
The IVth Amendment to the American Constitution states that the people shall be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches and seizures and that no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause (1788) James McClellan 2007-08-27
John Adams argues that the British Empire is not a “true” empire but a form of a “republic” where the rule of law operates (1763) John Adams 2007-01-29
Bruno Leoni notes the strong connection between economic freedom and decentralized legal decision-making (1961) Bruno Leoni 2006-10-30
The legal historian Hazeltine wrote in an essay commemorating the 700th anniversary of Magna Carta that the American colonists regarded Magna Carta as the “bulwark of their rights as Englishmen” (1917) Henry Elliot Malden 2006-10-23
John Locke on the idea that “wherever law ends, tyranny begins” (1689) John Locke 2006-10-02
J.S. Mill in a speech before parliament denounced the suspension of Habeas Corpus and the use of flogging in Ireland, saying that those who ordered this “deserved flogging as much as any of those who were flogged by his orders” (1866) John Stuart Mill 2006-02-13
Adam Smith argues that the Habeas Corpus Act is a great security against the tyranny of the king (1763) Adam Smith 2005-11-14
Bruno Leoni on the different Ways in which Needs can be satisfied, either voluntarily through the Market or coercively through the State (1963) Bruno Leoni 2004-08-30
Sir Edward Coke defends British Liberties and the Idea of Habeas Corpus in the Petition of Right before Parliament (1628) Sir Edward Coke 2004-08-16

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