The James Wilson Foundation on Natural Rights and the American Founding

LISTEN: Prof. Hadley Arkes on Racial Protests, Riots, and Social Justice on the Issues, etc. Podcast

On July 7th, JWI founder and director Prof. Hadley Arkes sat down with Lutheran Radio’s Issues, etc. Podcast to discuss the Black Lives Matter protests, incendiary riots, and the nation’s complicated history with slavery. Prof. Arkes offers insight into the views of the founders and the people of the early United States with regard to slavery. He reveals what has been missing from the public discourse: an analysis of the principled grounds of the American regime and whether those grounds are justifiable or unjustifiable.

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Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790