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December 14, 2017

The Marriage of Rights and Duties
Russell Kirk - 12/20/10

In this essay, Russell Kirk addresses the concept of the marriage of rights and duties. He does this in the context of discussing George Mason, who he describes, in part, thus: “As everybody knows, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States owe much to Mason, who feared that the powers of the several states might be swallowed up by a central administration, and that personal liberties inherited from the English political experience might be broken in upon by an innovating regime.”

Kirk’s essay is timely not only because a renewed focus on Mason is needed, but also since, according to Kirk, “The rising generation in these United States have heard a great deal about rights; not much about duties.”

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