The following is a short excerpt from Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty
Nullification isn’t just for racists anymore.
In fact, it never was.
Nullification is about reining in an overreaching, ever growing federal government and corralling it within its constitutionally defined sphere.
Without a doubt, racists appealed to state sovereignty and nullification, and state governments advanced “states’ rights” arguments to justify trampling on the civil rights of black Americans during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. But those who point these facts out to discredit state sovereignty and nullification make a fallacious argument. The fact that some evil people turned to these principles to perpetuate an evil system of Jim Crow laws doesn’t negate their legitimacy and value, any more than a crazed lunatic wielding a hammer, committing murder, makes the hammer itself an evil tool. Hammers still come in pretty handy for driving nails. And as we’ve seen, nullification has primarily been advanced to promote freedom, liberty and justice. Continue Reading →