Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Nullification is Jefferson’s remedy for a government that acts as if it has no limits. It’s an answer to the question – what do you do when the federal government exceeds its constitutional powers.” See Tom in person in Ft Worth and Orlando. See Jack in person in…Details
There has been a spate of books on America’s presumed decline in recent days. Most now and ever before compare with the rise and fall of Rome. I’ve always thought we should be compared with two empires, Rome and Athens. Or better yet, Rome and Constantinople, equal and opposite cultural counter-forces for at least 1,000 years. But ours are red and blue and their capitals are New York City and Dallas.
This division was identified by Henry James in the late 1800s. “The Bostonians,” which might be seen as visionary today, contrasted the radical feminist and reformer, Olive, with the Southern cousin Basil, who dines with “a six-shooter and a bowie knife.” When asked, “Don’t you care for human progress?” he answers, “I don’t know — I never saw any.”Details
In medieval society the king was much more than a supreme magistrate but was seen as a divine being sent from heaven to establish its laws within the kingdom. When the king was not present the divine law established by the king’s will was gone so the people lost all sense of restraint from which…Details
There really is nothing new under the sun…
Have we forgotten? Already? This — is what freedom looks like. Do we really have to learn this lesson again? The hard way? Not if we renew the Tenth Amendment.
cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center
Lawsuits aren’t an act of nullification. To nullify federal law – a state acts to protect liberty with or without “permission” from the federal government. All in all, not a bad set of viewpoints here.
Thomas DiLorenzo discusses Taxes in American History at the The Trouble with Taxation Seminar in January 2005.
From a handbill that circulated in Milwaukee in the 1850s, in reference to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 (emphasis in original): All the People of this State, who are opposed to being made SLAVES or SLAVE-CATCHERS, and to having the Free Soil of Wisconsin made the hunting-ground for Human Kidnappers, and all who are…Details
Newsweek has put together a “Tax Attacks” propaganda piece. The gist of this piece is that Joseph Stack was one of many violent protesters who “believed taxes are unjustified,” and thus reacted with violent actions. Of course, anyone who believes that taxes are unjustified necessarily gets lumped in with all of the mad bombers, shooters,…Details
The Townshend Acts were a series of acts passed beginning in 1767 by the Parliament of Great Britain relating to the British colonies in North America. They centered primarily on the raising of revenue for the crown and asserting central authority over governors and judges in the colonies. They were widely hated and met with…Details
For three days last week, on the third floor of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston, SC, a group of scholars have been meeting to discuss the history of nullification and secession in American law and politics, and the continued relevance of those concepts today. I had the privilege of joining them for the…Details