Attorney, author, research director of the Independence Institute

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David B. Kopel

Awards Received

1997 Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, granted by Center for Independent Thought, Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, 1997


Associate Policy Analyst, Cato Institute
Director of the Center on the Digital Economy, The Heartland Institute


Algernon Sidney: A Father of the Declaration of Independence, by Dave Kopel, The Washington Post, 3 Jul 2016
After a short biography, discusses the main themes made by Sidney in Discourses Concerning Government, written in response to Robert Filmer's Patriarcha, which defended the divine right of kings
"According to John Adams, the third great stage of English intellectual confrontation with tyranny took place in the years around the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Then, the important writers included John Locke and Algernon Sidney. ... It would take a while for Locke's and Sidney's ideas to be fully accepted in England. Their true fruition, however, would come in the United States, where they are embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the First and Second Amendments, and the American way of life."
Ron's Revolution: Could Dr. Paul really surprise us all?, by Dave Kopel, 9 Oct 2007
Recounts observations from the Second Amendment Foundation's Gun Rights Policy Conference and the impact of the Ron Paul presidential campaign
"... the Ron Paul message is fundamentally positive. ... the campaign's theme is 'Hope for America' and its premise is that the American people are good people who can achieve the best for themselves, their families, their community, and their nation when the federal government gets out of the way and stops behaving like a helicopter mother."
Related Topic: Ron Paul

Books Authored

Guns: Who Should Have Them?
    by Dave Kopel, 1995