by Harry Browne This article was originally published on December 12, 2002. For more Harry Browne archives, visit www.harrybrowne.org Dec. 15 should be a national holiday. No, it’s not Earth Day, or Martin Luther King Day, or Flag Day, or Beat-Up-Some-Third-World-Country Day. It’s Bill of Rights Day. If there were to be only one holiday…Details
A 1997 episode of “Conservative Roundtable,” hosted by Howard Phillips, welcomes Dr. Ron Paul, Republican Congressman from Surfside, TX. Paul talks about his run to reclaim his seat after imposing his own belief in Congressional term limits on himself, focusing on what kind of character voters are comfortable supporting. He also discusses the 9th and…Details
Individual liberty cannot exist in a country where un-funded obligations, plus its current debt, surpass the total value of all private assets. This is an immutable law of nature and is the condition that exists today in our country. Approximately 12 trillion debt (source U.S treasury), 14 trillion Social Security obligation, 18 trillion (Rx Drugs)…Details
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…Details
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.]Details
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,…Details
Ideals are the basis of much seen in the political world, though ironically ideology rarely is realized in a pure manifestation – this is a basic fact of nature. Black Bear Ranch, a commune in Northern California is an iconic example of the ideas of collective effort, concepts cherished by those who support the Obama…Details
A tyranny begins when power is unchecked.
The federal government is becoming more tyrannical everyday that the people and the states don’t defend their rights. The shift has occurred because the check on federal power, largely responsible by state governments; has been trampled, bribed, threatened, or manipulated by those in power.
One should never forget it is the people that created the states, and the states created the federal government. ‘Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’
The federal government is not the all powerful monopoly entity it thinks it is. Sure, the statists and elitists would like you to believe it is. All they care about is more power and wealth for themselves, by taking more control over you.Details