Rush Limbaugh, who I enjoy listening to on occasion, has yet to grasp the concept of nullification and has yet to mention it.
This Saturday I’ll be speaking twice in Austin, Texas, on — you’ll never guess — state nullification. So far I’ve been having fun discussing this forbidden idea. The regime and its journalists expect the people to confine themselves to a discussion set on the central government’s terms. We are not allowed to propose an idea that’s nowhere to be found on the three-by-five card of acceptable opinion. Yet here we are.
Radio hosts have been much more receptive to the idea than I expected. Most of the big radio hosts are of course playing it safe and refusing to discuss the issue, but I am consistently encountering sympathetic personalities who think the argument makes sense. The Globe and Mail columnist Lew mentioned seems to like the book as well. This is the second-largest newspaper in Canada. He writes, “Quebec nullifies federal law all the time and Alberta nullifies it occasionally. Yet the country thrives. The fact is we need all the nullifiers we can get. It’s never wise to give a centralized government anything that approaches a quasi-monopoly on power.”
cross-posted from the LewRockwell.com blog
Thomas E. Woods, Jr. [send him mail; visit his website], a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, as well as the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. He is also the editor of five other books, including the just-released Back on the Road to Serfdom.
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