What is the Basis of “Natural Rights?”

In this video from the Federalist Society’s No. 86 Series, JWI Founder and Director Prof. Hadley Arkes summarizes Aristotle’s study of human nature. Human beings are naturally social and political animals. The American Founders logically concluded from these premises that natural law means all men are created equal and that government properly exists only by the consent of the governed.

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May 6, 2022

"M. Stanton Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom" with Author Steve Hayward

Author Steve Hayward joins Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and JWI Intern Emeline McClellan to discuss his recent book, "Stan Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom."
April 22, 2022

"Building on the Right" with Matthew Peterson, President of New Founding

In this episode, Garrett Snedeker joins Matt Peterson, President of New Founding and founder of The American Mind, to discuss the reception of "A Better Originalism," statesmanship in American politics, and the need for new institutions.
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"12 Angry Men & Natural Law" with Film Expert Onalee McGraw

Garrett Snedeker and film expert Onalee McGraw discuss the classic legal drama "12 Angry Men."
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Podcast at First Things: Hadley Arkes and R. R. Reno discuss "On Overruling Roe"

Prof. Arkes discusses "On Overruling Roe" with First Things editor R.R. Reno.
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The James Wilson Institute’s Mission is to restore to a new generation of lawyers, judges, and citizens the understanding of the American Founders about the first principles of our law and the moral grounds of their own rights.
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