The Nation's Capital

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. Washington is the principal city of the Washington metropolitan area, which has an estimated population of 6,131,977. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, the city is an important world political capital. Washington is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million annual tourists.

Birthplace of

Bettina Bien Greaves, Bettina Bien, on Jul 1917
Karl Hess, Carl Hess III, on 25 May 1923
David Nolan, David Fraser Nolan, on 23 Nov 1943

Deathplace of

Frederick Douglass, on 20 Feb 1895
Leonard Liggio, on 14 Oct 2014

Conferences and Conventions

Cato Institute, Cato Policy Forum, on 19 Aug 2004

Measures of Freedom

LP State-by-State Membership Numbers, Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 53


Confronting the Empire: It's time ..., by Justin Raimondo, 5 Jan 2007
"The problem, as I see it, is summed up in a single word: Washington. The Imperial City is culturally as well as politically incapable of responding any longer to the national zeitgeist on the question of the war, and foreign policy in general."
Related Topic: Imperialism
George Mason and the Bills of Rights, by Gary Williams, The Freeman, May 1992
Relates the life of George Mason, his primary role in writing the Virginia Declaration of Rights and his opposition to ratifying the U.S. Constitution
"He spoke out strongly against a 10-mile-square Federal district that ironically came to be located just a few miles from his home. Concerning the proposed District of Columbia, Mason said: 'This ten miles square may set at defiance the laws of the surrounding states and may ... become the sanctuary of the blackest crimes! Here the federal courts are to sit ... what sort of jury shall we have within the ten miles square? The immediate creatures of government!'"
Washington Logic, by Sheldon Richman, 22 Sep 2006
Commentary on the perverted logic used in Washington politics, as evidenced by lobbying for and against import tariffs
"Washington is a funny place, with its own unique 'logic.' It's a 'company' town, the 'company' being the federal government, the 'product' being public policy. ... If you sense something screwy about this story, it's only because you are not using Washington logic. Elsewhere, the negation of a true statement is false. ... But things are different in Washington. There negation does not have the same logical implication."
Related Topics: Government, Politics, Taxation

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