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Letters from an Ohio Farmer

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The Ohio Farmer is not one person, but a group of citizens seeking to preserve constitutional self-government in America. The Farmer’s letters are written in the tradition of the Federalists and Antifederalists in the American founding who penned newspaper articles debating the new form of government proposed in the Constitution of 1787. They wrote using pen names such as Publius, Federal Farmer, an American Citizen, and an Old Whig to allow their arguments to speak for themselves and be judged on their own merits. The letters from the Ohio Farmer are offered in this same spirit.

The Ohio Farmer is a project of the Ashbrook Center. The various authors who compose each letter from the Ohio Farmer are partisans only in the sense that they are partisans of constitutional self-government in the form that they regard as America’s greatest gift to the world. The Ohio Farmer is not primarily concerned with immediate policy questions, though he will necessarily discuss them; he hopes to refine and enlarge the public’s view of the larger political principles implicit in our policy debates.

He is a friend to all who love this country and wish it well; he is searching for that common ground that can unite all reasonable parties who wish to maintain America’s glorious tradition of constitutional self-government.

All of the Ohio Farmer Letters are linked below.  To purchase the Ohio Farmer book, A Constitutional Conversation: Letters from an Ohio Farmer, email us at books@ashbrook.org.

  1. A Constitutional Conversation (February 10, 2011)
  2. An Experiment in Self-Government (February 17, 2011)
  3. Civility and Powers (March 8, 2011)
  4. Reconstitutionalizing America (March 15, 2011)
  5. A Boundless Field of Power (March 22, 2011)
  6. Capacities of Mankind (March 29, 2011)
  7. America and the World (April 5, 2011)
  8. A Republican Form of Government (April 12, 2011)
  9. “The Kind of Country We Believe In” (April 19, 2011)
  10. A Republic If We Can Keep It (April 26, 2011)
  11. The Course of Human Events (May 3, 2011)
  12. Our Justice (May 10, 2011)
  13. A Decent Respect (May 17, 2011)
  14. The Commerce Clause (May 24, 2011)
  15. The Spirit of Checks and Balances (May 31, 2011)
  16. The Lost Art of Legislation (June 7, 2011)
  17. Political Success and Governmental Failure (June 14, 2011)
  18. “American Leadership”? (June 21, 2011)
  19. A City Upon a Hill (June 28, 2011)
  20. Novus Ordo Seclorum (July 4, 2011)
  21. The American Mind (July 12, 2011)
  22. The Just Powers of Government (July 19, 2011)
  23. Willful Majorities or Constitutional Majorities (July 26, 2011)
  24. The Sense of the People (August 1, 2011)
  25. Words and Politics (August 9, 2011)
  26. War and the American Character (August 16, 2011)
  27. In Search of Monsters (August 23, 2011)
  28. Constitutional Lines (August 30, 2011)
  29. Changing Direction (September 6, 2011)
  30. Regime of Liberty (September 8, 2011)
  31. Congress and the Constitution (September 13, 2011)
  32. Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver (September 20, 2011)
  33. Federalism and the Constitution (September 27, 2011)
  34. Federalism — and the Liberal Poker Game (October 4, 2011)
  35. Federalism — and Cheese Factories on the Moon (October 11, 2011)
  36. Constitutionalism and Credit (October 18, 2011)
  37. One and Many (October 25, 2011)
  38. Presidents and Presidential Debates (November 1, 2011)
  39. Equality and Wealth (November 8, 2011)
  40. A Commercial Republic (November 15, 2011)
  41. Rule by Experts (November 22, 2011)
  42. One People (November 29, 2011)
  43. Caesars or Presidents (December 6, 2011)
  44. Equality and Opportunity (December 13, 2011)
  45. The Shades of Osawatomie (December 20, 2011)
  46. Promises and Politics (December 27, 2011)
  47. Prosperity and Freedom (January 3, 2012)
  48. Our Promissory Note (January 10, 2012)
  49. Enlightened and Patriotic Councils (January 17, 2012)
  50. Progressives and Regressives (January 24, 2012)
  51. Preserving the Constitution and the Nation (January 31, 2012)
  52. Free Speech and Free Politics (February 7, 2012)
  53. Certain Unalienable Rights (February 14, 2012)
  54. The Particular Glory of This Country (February 21, 2012)
  55. Among These Rights (February 28, 2012)
  56. To Secure These Rights (March 6, 2012)
  57. Against All Reason and Justice (March 13, 2012)
  58. Constitutional Letter and Constitutional Spirit (March 20, 2012)
  59. Men Are Not Angels (March 27, 2012)
  60. Taxation and Unlimited Government (April 3, 2012)
  61. We the People (April 17, 2012)
  62. Equality and Race (April 24, 2012)
  63. The Reason of the Public (May 1, 2012)
  64. To Provide for the Common Defense (May 8, 2012)
  65. Equality and Race Continued (May 15, 2012)
  66. Liberty or Soft Despotism (May 22, 2012)
  67. The Distributive Constitution (June 5, 2012)
  68. Our Constitution is Color-Blind (June 13, 2012)
  69. Material and Spiritual Security (June 19, 2012)
  70. A Statesman in Congress (June 26, 2012)
  71. Franklin’s Fourth (July 3, 2012)
  72. The Distributive Constitution and the Election of 2012 (July 24, 2012)
  73. Democratic Government and Good Government (July 31, 2012)
  74. America’s Constitutional Story (August 7, 2012)
  75. Revolutions and Freedom (August 14, 2012)
  76. Taxation and a Republican Constitution (August 21, 2012)
  77. E Pluribus Unum (August 28, 2012)
  78. Justice and Limited Government (September 4, 2012)
  79. Security and Limited Government (September 11, 2012)
  80. The American Conversation (September 17, 2012)