The James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding

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Anchoring Truths - a James Wilson Institute project
The James Wilson Institute has sought to recover, and to teach again, those anchoring truths that provided for the Founders the moral ground of the law.
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The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790