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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A Look at the Heritage Guide to the U.S. Constitution

Here is my latest book review from THE NEW AMERICAN. The Federalist Society has compiled a “Conservative & Libertarian Legal Scholarship: Annotated Bibliography” to collect what they deem to be the best legal analysis of every aspect of American law. Their recommended reading for constitutional law contains the following advice: “The Heritage Foundation has published…

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Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli Will Be a Much-Needed Friend of the Tenth Amendment

After attending a meeting where he spoke in Richmond recently, I was very impressed by Virginia state senator, candidate for attorney general, and self-described “strict constructionist,” Ken Cuccinelli. Specifically, I was impressed by his willingness to invoke the Constitution early and often as his personal political compass. But don’t take my word for it. Check…

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Reject Chuck Schumer’s “Compromise”

In the health care saga’s latest twist, New York Senator, Chuck Schumer, has proposed a solution that would allow states to “opt out” of the public option, should there be one included with the final bill. Talking Points Memo reports: We’re chasing the ball on a new idea (is it a trial balloon? is it…

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The Death of Federalism: Lincoln’s Real Legacy

Any discussion of reclaiming freedom in America is pointless without an accurate understanding of how our rights were lost in the first place. The Real Lincoln, Professor Thomas DiLorenzo’s controversial book on the subject, makes a compelling case that it was Abraham Lincoln himself who set us on our present course. From the book’s foreword…

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Repeal the 17th Amendment!

The fall of constitutional government and the deterioration of state sovereignty can mostly be traced to the disastrous decision to change the election of US Senators from the states to the actual citizens in an effort to make the Constitution “more democratic” via the 17th amendment. Randall Holcombe of The Independent Institute highlights how this…

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Can the County Sheriff Save the Constitution?

Here is my latest article for THE NEW AMERICAN magazine on a fascinating approach to asserting sovereignty which features a quote from TAC founder, Michael Boldin. Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, is not afraid to ruffle some feathers in order to halt what he considers violations of the U.S. Constitution. In 1993,…

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The Federal Government is NOT the United States

Early in my development as a human being, there was the pledge of allegiance.  There was the National Anthem and of course, the Stars & Stripes. I grew up in Southern California and now that I have had a chance to deprogram myself (which has taken years) I have some questions- for one, where was…

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