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Locke and the Bill of Rights

Based in large part on John Locke's political philosophy, the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights serve as the foundations of our entire political system. Far from being dead issues, the most basic freedoms enumerated in these documents continue to generate debate. Below you will find links to these foundational documents. Take some time to read them and compare what you find with Locke's political philosophy. Do you agree that the United States is a living Lockean experiment? These links offer you a starting place to investigate some of the current debates taking place concerning our most basic freedoms. As you explore these issues, consider the philosophical underpinnings of the various positions. Are we moving away from the ideal set down by Locke?

The Bill of Rights Forum Frigate: Discussion Forum

Full Text: U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, State Constitutions.

Gun Control : List of links to issues in the gun control debate

Gun Control Pro and Con: List of links to articles and Websites.

The ACLU on Gun Control 

U.S. Constitution: Fourth Amendment. Information and links

Civil Liberties: Search and Seizure Issues.

The Religious Freedom Page

The Freedom Forum online. News about free press, free speech and free spirit.


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