Examples of centralized control are spoken of frequently- Cuba, USSR and China are the most common. While it is important to know what not to do as a people, it is even more important to study examples of decentralized nations and the practical benefits of limited, local governance. Switzerland is one such place, as described…Details
One thing that was edited out of my latest cover article from The New American due to space constraints is something we should never forget when it comes to the issue of “federal funding.” Whenever you hear a centralist, whether from the left or the right, telling you that the federal government should cut off…Details
The serfs pause in picking the regime’s crops. They raise their heads, and look piercingly at the handsome tax-eater castle on the hill, and wonder about the justice of their plight. The tax-eaters, always unsure of their control over the serfs anyway, grow more nervous, and one of their house organs, the NY Times, expresses…Details
Americans have discovered or invented many significant things, but by far, the most significant is federalism. It is uniquely American and it has led to the most free and prosperous society in the history of civilization. The single most important principle of government that sets America apart from the rest of the world, is federalism.…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
Ron Paul on CNN’s AC360 last week talking about the public’s growing discontent with government.
Perhaps the status quo is no longer holding; people are growing more and more dissatisfied with their options, whether democrat or republican.
The truth is, the current two-party system always leaves one half of a country ticked off and feeling oppressed. This begs the question; is this really what the Founders intended 233 years ago when they signed a document that started the country? Did they really intend Congress to manipulate 3 Clauses in Article 1 Section 8 so as to rack up a $105 trillion dollar debt? Did they intend to have the 10th Amendment ridiculed like it was by David Shuster on MSNBC? Did they really want one-half of the country perpetually angry at the other?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
No, I am not referring to some mafia family, I am referring to your federal government. There are a lot of similarities between between those in charge in Washington DC, compared with the worst mafias in history.
There are several enterprises that any mafia partakes in; drug trafficking, arms trafficking, loan sharking, control of contracting, and protection/extortion rackets. Sadly, there is not a single criminal activity that the federal government does not partake in.
For starters, there is the protection/extortion racket with the IRS. Someone needs to pay for the empire to fight all these wars to protect, what they call democracy and freedom (they really mean fascism). You should be grateful to have been hand selected at birth to give up half your paycheck when you come of age. Just don’t opt out of their protection services or they will come look for you, and possibly kidnap you.Details