As a libertarian--or at least a fellow-traveler--I was pleased to see this piece by the Cato Institute's David Boaz. The tendency to focus on all of the liberties we've lost in the past hundred years or so really can cause us to forget about the ways in which we are more free today than at any point in U.S. history.
There's been some negative reactions to the piece coming from, shall we say, predictable quarters.
UPDATE: Boaz responds to his critics, both friendly and unfriendly. I particularly like this part:
I am a great admirer of the Founders, as I write on many occasions. When I talk about the progress we've made in expanding freedom for blacks, women, gays, and other once-excluded groups of people, I often say that we have "extended the promises of the Declaration of Independence -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- to more and more people." I love and respect those promises, I appreciate the extent to which the Founders made good on them immediately, and I am glad that they have indeed been extended.
Why, if I didn't know better, I'd think he was a West Coast Straussian. Or is that East Coast? I can never keep them straight.