“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security."
- Benjamin Franklin
Bronze statue of George Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon and view of Constantino Brumidi's "Apotheosis of Washington" in the US Capitol Rotunda.

These ideas change
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"Equal justice under law" engraved on the West Pediment above the front entrance of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
Why Does Liberty Matter?

Liberty has at its foundation the inherent and equal rights possessed by each and every individual protected by the rule of law, or, as distinguished scholar and Harvard Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson says, “the sanctity of individual freedom and the security of private property rights, ensured by representative, constitutional government.”

Every individual has the sacred freedom to voluntarily use their labor and leisure time in the manner of their choosing, to pursue their interests in their own way. Self-control and the ability to exercise one’s judgment allows people to make meaningful choices for personal and communal benefit. Common Sense Society helps future leaders explore how timeless principles are applied to the circumstances of today.

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