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The Four Corners of Liberalism blog

The Four Corners of Liberalism

The past two-and-a-half centuries have witnessed extraordinary improvement in the human condition. More people today than in the long stretch of human history have freedom and opportunity to live their fullest lives.

Kevin Vallier on Social Trust

Kevin Vallier on Social Trust and Religious Toleration in Classical Liberalism

Vallier is an associate professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University, where he also directs the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law program. “In Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, what you’re essentially doing is applying the formal and empirical methods of the social sciences to make advances in value theory,” Vallier explains.

Danielle Allen - Civil Discourse

Danielle Allen on the Declaration of Independence and Self-Governance

The Declaration is a statement of both principle and action. The people are free to exercise their emancipated judgement in their own and collective interest through self-governance. For this to work, citizens must lay a foundation of shared principles and collectively organize the powers of government to promote their safety and happiness.

Adam Smith

Ryan Patrick Hanley on What Adam Smith Can Teach Us

Dr. Ryan Patrick Hanley, Professor of Political Science at Boston College, believes that Smith’s first book, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” (1759), can inform and ultimately equip us with the moral philosophy needed to counter the illiberal trends that have swept up many, leading to a performative and disingenuous discourse.

FSOI Grants Help to Fill Void in Civil Discourse

FSOI Grants Help to Fill Void in Civil Discourse

Free speech has become a major sore spot in our public discourse. Limits on free speech are gaining support, especially on college campuses, where it’s reported that most academic institutions restrict free speech in at least one way.

Economic Freedom

Classical liberals tend to favor public policy grounded in the principle of economic freedom over …

Spontaneous Order

Spontaneous order is the idea that much of the order within society arises not by …

The Rule of Law

The rule of law is the principle that society must be governed by rules that …