Civil Society

“If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.”  – F.A. Hayek


The Madison Liberty Institute recognizes the best path to a civilized society is to embrace a system of laws, not of men.  The Declaration of Independence decried a “long train of abuses” by a tyrannical king. The U.S. Constitution returned the power to “We the People” to peacefully and systematically choose their own form of government, their own laws, and even their own representation through free and fair elections. When the people have the power for self-governance, then a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, preserves freedom and maintains peace. Elections, access to courts, and freedom of speech and conscience are essential elements for civilized societies.


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