So often, when some people think of Nullification, they think of a formal process involving a smaller government or individual taking action by producing documents, or sending requests, or petitioning to nullify the action of a larger government. I have to admit that much of the work I do with Florida Tenth Amendment Center follows that exact template. The “formal process” idea of nullification was certainly in view when Jefferson and Madison formulated the Principles of ’98 and encouraged states to block unconstitutional federal acts. So, that’s one way to nullify, to be sure.
However, Rosa Parks nullified laws without issuing a single formal document, and there are certainly many other examples of personal nullification, both informal and frequent. So, we see that nullification is hardly a formal process. It’s any act or set of acts the makes a law null, void or simply unenforceable.
We tend to think of nullification as simply stopping a government act, but would you believe that nullification can actually BOOST the economy?
In a recent TED video by writer Robert Neuwirth, he talks about the power of the “informal economy.” He also has some other terms for this “informal economy,” like “System D” and “DIY.” He’s talking about the economy of people unhindered by government edicts restricting human interaction. What I believe he means to communicate is how vast the power of the people’s economy can be when not regulated through codified governmental laws, licenses, patents and other government regulating processes. He’s not saying the laws don’t exist, but his experience is that individuals and businesses can’t succeed by knowledge of, or submission to, all of those regulations. So, they essentially nullify them through non-compliance.Details