First Principles: Self-governance in an Open Society
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Self-Governance in an Open Society
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“…waging a successful counter-revolution against the Left’s attack on our
nation’s first principles…is our task.”
Ed Feulner, president, The Heritage Foundation
There must be a “…reliance upon first principles to draw an outer limit to federal power.” Randy Barnett, Cato Institute
“The conservative movement has a simple and almost certainly successful future
if it…advocate[s] first principles
with courage, clarity, persistence, and cheerfulness.” Newt Gingrich, American Enterprise Institute
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Principles: Self-governance in an Open Society,
conservative understanding in a format that recognizes our past and keeps a common sense
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personal freedom, individual opportunity, and free-market economics can once again be the
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