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State v. Conscience

Freedom of conscience, state authority, and the case of the citizenship oath

As I had already mentioned, last week I spoke at a discussion on freedom of conscience that the Runnymede Society organized at McGill on Tuesday. 1,816 more words

Constitutional Law

Food For Thought

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

Essayist and historian Lord Acton in 1887.

A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times. – Lord Acton http://dlvr.it/KgDZYR


Bringing Balance to the Force - the James Madison Way

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. 994 more words


The Power of the President

I want to develop an idea I mentioned in passing in an earlier post. It has to do with the limited power of the President and the absurd promises our presidential candidates make about what they will do when elected — given the fact that by themselves they cannot do very much at all. 677 more words


Lord Acton and the Role of History

One of the most famous quotes is “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This now-cliché axiom of political and historical lore was written by… 537 more words