6 Quotes: Russell Kirk on virtue

This is the second in a series celebrating the work of Russell Kirk in honor of his 100th birthday this October. Read more from the series here. The Acton Institute was fortunate to have Russell Kirk serve in an advisory capacity from the founding of the institute up until the time of his death. Continue Reading...

6 Quotes: Judge Brett Kavanaugh on law, liberty, and the U.S. Constitution

Earlier this week, President Trump announced he has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. In honor of the nomination, here are six quotes by Judge Kavanaugh on law, liberty, and the Constitution: On the Judiciary and the Rule of Law: “I believe very deeply in those visions of the rule of law as a law of rules, and of the judge as umpire. Continue Reading...

6 Quotes: Justice Anthony Kennedy on freedom of speech

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced yesterday that at the end of next month he will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court. When he nominated Kennedy, President Ronald Reagan called the justice a “true conservative.” But over the years, Kennedy often served as a “swing vote” and sided with the court’s liberal faction in a vast number of substantial rulings. Continue Reading...

6 Quotes: G.K. Chesterton on freedom and virtue

Yesterday was the 144th birthday of G.K. Chesterton. In his honor, here are six quotes by the great British writer on freedom and virtue. On defending virtue: “The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.” On modern freedom: “Most modern freedom is at root fear. Continue Reading...

6 Quotes: Thomas Jefferson on liberty and government

Today is the 275th birthday of Thomas Jefferson. Since our third president would object to us celebrating his birthday (“The only birthday I ever commemorate,” Jefferson once said, “is that of our Independence, the Fourth of July.”) let’s take this opportunity to instead look at six quotes by Jefferson on liberty and government. Continue Reading...

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