We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever
seen, as long as we remain honest — which will be as long as we can
keep the attention of our people alive. If they once become inattentive
to public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and
governors would all become wolves. — Thomas Jefferson
Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan
horse of "emergency". It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and
Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of
Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And
"emergency" became the justification of the subsequent steps. This
technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that
demagoguery attains. — Herbert Hoover.
Sed quis custodiet ipsos Custodes?
(Who is to guard the guardians themselves?) — Juvenal, Satires,
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by Aristotle (c. 350 BCE) — Still the classic reference on the art of
public speaking and persuasive writing.
Give me six lines written by the most honourable of
men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him. — Cardinal
In the twentieth century being "well-spoken" came to
mean speaking in such as way that you can't easily be discredited by
being quoted out of context. — Jon Roland, 1995
Lancasterian Monitorial System of Education — The methods of
the 19th century may offer the best hope for the 21st.
Lancasterian Society — Support
private schools using the Lancasterian Monitorial System, a method that
uses more advanced students to teach less advanced students, and teach
each at his or her own best rate.
Textbook Review — Efforts to reform the ways textbooks are
Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Review — Standards for
public school instruction and textbooks.
for the Separation of School and State — The solution for
education is getting the government out of it.
Government — The principles of constitutional
republican government also apply, with some adaptations, to this
formative experience of future constitutionalists.
isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that
ain't so. — Will Rogers.
deliberate dumbing down of america — Site for a
book by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor in the
U.S. Department of Education.
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce
man; brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the
timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. — Samuel
Clemens (Mark Twain)
Weak on Constitution — Call-in by Roland to C-SPAN with
guests Sen. Howell Heflin and Rep. Bob Inglis.
between Morris Dees and Jon Roland, Assembly at California
State University, 1999 Nov. 9 — Illustrates use of questioning to turn
an argument against someone.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people
who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power
which knowledge gives. — James Madison, Letter to
W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822.
Audio Texts — You
will usually need to download and install a player such as Realplayer.
One of the first rules of effective
communication is to so compose the message as to anticipate all the
ways it could be misinterpreted, and minimize such misinterpretation.
This is especially important with laws, which are messages from the
past to the future. It is well to keep in mind Murphy's Law of
Lawmaking: "If it can be misinterpreted it will be, and it will be
misinterpreted in the worst way possible." — Jon Roland, 1997
Letter to editors
Against Drug Lords — Letter to editor by Roland on militias
as response to drug-financed corruption.
Against Terrorism — Letter to editor by Roland on militias as
response to terrorism.
and Constitutional Republics — Letter to Soldier of
Fortune re: article by James L. Pate in Feb. 1996 issue.
I often wonder whether we do not rest our
hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are
false hopes, believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the
hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law,
no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do
much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law,
no court to save it. — Judge Learned Hand
Editors to whom letters might be
E-Mail Links — Compiled by the Conservative Caucus. Includes
email addresses of editors, talk shows, commentators, and elected
Directory — Fairly comprehensive directory, organized by size
and market, of newspapers and magazines.
Mills Media Addresses — Email and snailmail addresses for
most U.S. newspapers and broadcast media.
You may think the Constitution is your
security -- it is nothing but a piece of paper. You may think that the
statutes are your security --they are nothing but words in a book. You
may think the elaborate mechanism of government is your security -- it
is nothing at all unless you have sound and uncorrupted public opinion
to give life to your Constitution, to give vitality to your statutes,
to make efficient your machinery. — Justice Charles Evans
Literacy — Mission is to re-introduce the American public to
the basic elements of our constitutional heritage.
Stossel in the Classroom
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything,
but I can do something. And what I can do, I will do. — D. L. Moody
(1837-99), paraphrased. Similar to saying of Edward Everett Hale
Talk Radio, Television &
The first of these is a local database of talk radio and TV
stations and programs. The others mix talk media with other kinds, so
you will have to pick out those which can serve as outlets for
alternative news and opinion.
Talk/News Radio & TV Directory
— Local archive of data, including WWW links and email addresses, of
radio and television stations and programs that offer listener call-in,
and therefore an opportunity to promulgate information and opinion that
is ignored by the mainstream media.
Live & Let
Live — Longest running Libertarian talk show, on
Austin Community Access Cable. Webmaster is occasional host or guest.
Saturday at 8:00 PM Central Time. Webcast live
feed and partial archive. Archive
up to 02/09/2008.
Broadcasting Network — Several interview programs with
various hosts on reform topics. You will need a media player to access
Dru Interviews — Collection of radio interviews of prominent
to Know Talk — Difficult to characterize this interesting site, but
worth visiting to find out what they're up lately.
Works Radio Network — Network dedicated to champions of liberty and
the News — Extensive collection of links to WWW news sources.
Freedom Network — Alternative network for news and commentary.
Fleming's Radio Database — Radio and TV stations, both on and off the
Radio Links — Radio stations of all kinds on the WWW.
Radio Stations - Eastern States
Radio Stations - Western States
Broadcasting Links — Includes all kinds of broadcasting stations,
organizations, associations, and networks.
to Talk Radio Programming — Directory of syndicated hosts and their
syndicates, but lacks links to the individual hosts.
on the Internet
Dial Pages — Published by Michael R. Lewis,
includes "dial pages" for each area that show what stations a person
visiting there would get on his dial, and unofficial WWW pages for
every radio station. Valuable effort, but in a very early stage of
H. Citron's South Florida Radio Pages — Directory and news. Especially
interesting is his Media
Bias Web site.
— Alex Jones is a nationally syndicated radio and access TV talk show
host based in Austin, Texas.
Davis Show — Patriot radio and access TV talk show based in
Throughout human history mankind has always been only
one generation away from barbarism — Unknown origin.
College or postgraduate
These are a few institutions which offer courses that are
avoid statist dogma.
of Chicago — Hotbed of libertarian thought and research and
the alma mater of the webmaster. See their Law School.
College — Refuse to accept government funding to avoid the
undue influence that comes with it.
City College — Refuse to accept government funding to avoid
the undue influence that comes with it.
Saint Andrews College — Refuse to accept government funding
to avoid the undue influence that comes with it.
University — Christian graduate school in Virginia. Have an
especially good School
Commonwealth University — Have a proposal
for a constitutional studies program.
University — West Coast institution with a conservative cast,
especially their School
Welch University — Dedicated to providing a classical
education with a focus on American constitutional values.
— Dedicated to the study of Western law, philosophy, and the history of
— We can hardly do justice to all the sites that have emerged, but here
is a sample:
World — Popular site on the subject.
Today — Magazine devoted to the subject.
Education Magazine— Magazine devoted to the subject.
The Journal of Homeschooling Online.
Homeschool Zone— Gateway to homeschooling resources.
Texas— Focus on the Lone Star State.
— Defending the right of parents to teach their children better than
public educational systems do.
Teacher Honor Roll —
Here are a few teachers who are doing a good job of teaching
— George Thomson, Nogales High School, Arizona.