Category Archives: History

Placing Milton Friedman’s famous ‘crisis’ comment in context

The late economist Milton Friedman is known for saying that real policy reform depends on the emergence of a crisis. But that’s not exactly what Friedman said, nor what he meant. Correcting the record was a key goal in Western Carolina University economist Edward Lopez’s Friedman Legacy of Freedom Lecture today for the John LockeContinue Reading






C-SPAN2’s Book TV highlights recent JLF speech again Saturday afternoon

If you missed Raleigh author Garland Tucker’s recent John Locke Foundation speech about his new book, Conservative Heroes, you have another chance to watch the lecture Saturday afternoon on C-SPAN2. Book TV is scheduled to show Tucker’s lecture at 1:15 p.m. Saturday. Click play below to watch an excerpt from the speech. Tucker discusses fiveContinue Reading






Religious tolerance an American innovation

Larry Schweikart explains in the following video the role America played in the development of religious tolerance.






C-SPAN2’s ‘Book TV’ airs JLF speech Sunday night

A national cable television audience will learn about American conservative heroes Sunday night, when C-SPAN2’s “Book TV” airs Raleigh author Garland Tucker’s recent discussion about his latest book during a John Locke Foundation luncheon. The program airs at 11 p.m. Sunday on C-SPAN2. Tucker’s Conservative Heroes profiles 14 men — from Jefferson to Reagan —Continue Reading






The history contributing to Locke’s ideas

English philosopher John Locke put forward timeless ideas about the proper role of government, including the notion “that rights in property are the basis of human freedom and government exists to protect them and to preserve public order.” But Locke did not develop his ideas in a vacuum, Those who would like to learn moreContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that N.C. state government lacks rules for safe disposal of used solar energy equipment. Troy Kickler’s Daily Journal explores Magna Carta’s impact on the American Founders.






The importance of glass

John Steele Gordon offers Barron’s readers a history lesson involving glass. Monks had known for some time that a piece of glass that was curved on one side magnified the text of a book. And late in the 13th century, some unknown genius took two discs of glass that bulged in the center and fittedContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The number of North Carolina homeschool students recently topped 100,000 for the first time. Terry Stoops analyzes recent homeschooling trends during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Louisiana State University constitutional scholar James Stoner assesses Magna Carta’s continuing significance 800 years after its signing. East Carolina history professor Tony Papalas explains how Greece’s currentContinue Reading