Dave Benner

Dave Benner

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David Benner speaks regularly in Minnesota on topics related to the United States Constitution, founding principles, and United States history. He contributes articles to The Tenth Amendment Center, Abbeville Institute, and several local publications. He is also the author of Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution.

Recent blog posts by this author

Presidential Meddling with Private Companies is Not a New Problem

Recently President Donald Trump made headlines when he declared that NFL owners should fire any players that sit or protest otherwise during the national anthem NFL games. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody...

The Presidential Pardon as a Necessary Expedient

President Donald Trump recently made headlines by pardoning Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff known for his controversial incarceration techniques and political positions. Pundits from all political stripes have weighed in on the gesture, some...

Why the Purge of Historic Monuments Is a Bad Idea

On the streets of New Orleans sits a statue of Franklin Roosevelt. As one of the most prominent Presidents of the United States, his posture is proud and sure, matching how he is commonly portrayed in historical narratives. His eyes contain...

Can States Secede from the United States?

While many believe that the American Civil War “settled” the issue of secession for all time, such a view must be met with the scrutiny of honest scholarship. The secession question seems particularly relevant today with the rise of the Calexit...

Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’: A Handbook for Totalitarians or a Guide for Thwarting Tyrants?

Perhaps the most committed Italian republican of his era, Niccolo Machiavelli left what many consider to be a horrendous legacy. This perspective most often results from the The Prince, by far his most famous work. This group generally considers...

Protesters at Berkeley Reminiscent of French Revolution Mobs

Wednesday night at the University of California at Berkeley, a huge mob of protestors successfully prevented political activist Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking at a planned event. Armed with bricks and fireworks, they vandalized university property...