Nullification in a Nutshell

The “Principles of 98,” as they came to be known, are rarely discussed in modern history lectures even though these are integral to understanding how our federal Constitution was intended to function. These are the principles of state interposition or nullification that assert that if the federal government fails to check itself through one of…

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Who are the dangerous conspiracy theorists?

The recent Medina debacle on Glenn Beck’s overrated show highlights the obvious hypocrisy of the Beltway Right-wing when it comes to conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories that question government action are shunned while ones that endorse all-out war are to be embraced and repeated. I have one simple question though for anyone free-thinking enough not to…

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Original Intent on DVD

Here’s an excerpt from a great interview from the Daily Bell with James Jaeger, the award winning director of Original Intent (which makes a great Christmas gift!). Daily Bell: Aren’t those ideals of liberty that you describe, the ones the US was founded on? Jaeger: The U.S. Constitution has adopted certain traditional values to promote…

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The Spineless Supreme Court

Tenthers are constantly reminded by worshipers of the Judicial Supremacists on the highest Court that we’re re-arguing areas that were settled long ago by those black-robed deities. Yet Tenthers reject the notion that the federal Court can rewrite the Constitution for the entire nation if 5 politically connected lawyers agree. Besides the fact that this…

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Unconstitutional Tribunals

Judge Napolitano does an excellent job in this op-ed explaining the numerous ways in which using military tribunals on foreign soil to try alleged terrorists violates the Constitution. The casual use of the word “war” has lead to a mentality among the public and even in the government that the rules of war could apply…

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Neocons vs. The Constitution

As much as it seems like progressives hate the Constitution, we must not forget that it is the neocons – warmongering statists pretending to be conservatives – who continue to be the biggest threat to the U.S. Constitution. After all, if it weren’t for the neocons, Obama most likely wouldn’t be able to get away…

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Rand Paul and Military Commissions

Ron Paul’s Senate-aspiring son takes some un-libertarian positions which causes controversy among the freedom movement. “Foreign terrorists do not deserve the protections of our Constitution,” said Dr. Paul. “These thugs should stand before military tribunals and be kept off American soil. I will always fight to keep Kentucky safe and that starts with cracking down…

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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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Anti-Constitution Libertarians

This is just the opening salvo in what I hope to be a friendly and cordial debate among liberty enthusiasts regarding what role “constitutionalism” has to play in the future of the movement to fight statism and restore the protection of individual rights.

A recurring theme I’ve encountered is the schism between pro-Constitution libertarians and those libertarians who view the Constitution as a big-government parchment which paved the way for the federal leviathan that torments us today. A fact in the favor of the latter position is the enormous federal monstrosity which tramples individual rights on a daily basis.

Strategically, I always argue that the Constitution is the key to bringing together libertarians, traditional conservatives and anti-Globalists to fight our common enemy, statism. And to throw the Constitution to the curb is to ignore the lessons of the Ron Paul Revolution. [More on that in future posts.]

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Race and Liberty in America

My latest book review in THE NEW AMERICAN (of the Independent Institutes Jonathan Bean’s Race & Liberty in America) is online. I’d like to get feedback from you Tenthers out there on my discussion of the great Lysander Spooner’s questional constitutionalism. Here’s an excerpt: In the first area, the book includes writings of Lysander Spooner,…

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