Jonathan Bean on Lysander Spooner

Recently, I wrote about Lysander Spooner’s dubious argument that the unamended Constitution as originally ratified prohibited slavery in a book review I did for The New American. Jonathan Bean, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and professor of history at Southern Illinois University, commented on my review of his book “Race & Liberty in America”…

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“Deep Trouble” for Real ID

“Trouble” – that’s what advocates of centralized government say about a national ID card law that has been effectively nullified by massive State-level resistance. When two dozen states refuse to comply with yet another unfunded mandate from D.C. – that mandate may sit on the books, but it’s as good as repealed. That’s just what…

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Welcome to the (10th Amendment) Revolution

To support upcoming state legislation designed to nullify federal health care mandates, the Virginia Campaign for Liberty has created a website dedicated to the fight for Virginians’ Tenth Amendment rights. VA10thAmendment.org is a great place for Virginia voters and activists to keep up with the latest on initiatives and events surrounding what has been dubbed…

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Only the States can stop the Feds now

It is completely out of control in Washington DC. We have a bunch of bumbling idiots in charge of the treasury and the country’s future. Talk of trillion dollar deficits, cap and trade, bailouts, tax welfare to those that don’t pay, taking over our healthcare and economy; like in the Meatloaf song “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” where the woman screams – “STOP Right There, before we go any further do you love me, will you never leave me…”

The state Governors must pull out their pocket constitution and read the 10th amendment carefully for their next step in strategy. Instead of putting their hands out, they should be shutting the door on the federal government. As Raficki in the Lion King says to Simba- “It is time…”

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The Senate’s Socialist Shafting

Peter Schiff:  “This is one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve seen.  And, it shows that the Senators that are writing this legislation have absolutely no comprehension of insurance – what it is, how it works, they don’t know a thing of basic economics.  Yet they’re writing the rules that the rest of us…

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Conservative or Liberal: Pick Your Poison

Human nature and history teach us that political labels are used to influence society to accomplish a certain political end. Many times, words used to describe original principles are somehow conquered or hijacked and then proclaimed to be a part of those original principles, but are realistically far from them. As I was growing up, I remember thinking this: “‘liberal’ equals bad and ‘conservative’ equals good.” “Conservative” was proposed to be a word purely describing the principles believed and proclaimed by America’s founding fathers. “Liberal” was proposed to describe those whose only goal was to bring Americans under the control and dominion of the federal government. As it turns out, these words and descriptions were not only misleading and narrow-minded in their application, but they were also incorrect in their origin. Today, neither “conservative” nor “liberal” accurately describe the philosophy and principles they purport to advocate. Consequently, freedom suffers because of America’s ignorance of and infatuation with these labels, contrary to George Washington’s warning of this very tragedy.

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Decentralizing Our Federal Government – The Only Viable Solution

As we observe the ignoble acts of the Senate this past weekend and our frustrations grow as we see an ever expanding central government devour more liberty and property, it’s time to state the obvious…we must force Washington DC to decentralize. The 9th and 10th Amendments will be our tool. Implicit in the Declaration and…

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