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.

Certainly, the United States federal government serves as a force for good on occasion. But as we say in Kentucky, “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and again.” Historically, the vast majority of atrocities perpetrated through history find their roots in highly centralized power structures.

Generally speaking, bigger is badder.

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Mike Maharrey

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