The View From 1776

The Scottish Enlightenment and America

Robert Curry’s latest chapter on this important source of our nation’s original constitutional doctrine.

Abstract theories of liberal-progressive-socialism lead to collectivized tyranny, as we see in the long train of liberal-progressive obliterations of individual economic and political liberties, most recently under Barack Obama.

On Human Nature
By Robert Curry

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
James Madison

The Scottish theorists were very much aware how delicate this artificial structure of civilization was which rested on man