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The Case Against Nullification

by @ Friday, July 9th, 2010. Filed under History, Individual Liberty, U.S. Constitution

The once discredited idea of nullification, the idea that the individual states have the authority to nullify Federal laws inconsistent with the Constitution, is making a comeback thanks largely to a new book entitled Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century by Thomas Woods. Today, over at The Volokh Conspiracy, law professor [...]

Thoughts On Independence Day

by @ Sunday, July 4th, 2010. Filed under History, Individual Liberty

A re-post from last year, but still worth reading today:

Two Hundred Thirty Two Years Ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote the following:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and [...]

Is Modern Law Really Based On The Ten Commandments ? No, It’s Not

by @ Tuesday, June 15th, 2010. Filed under History, Individual Liberty, Legal, Religion

One blogger undertook the task:
As we ramp up to the mid-term elections in November 2010 — sure to be just a warmup to the insanity that will be the Presidential election in 2012 — you can bet your bottom shekel that we’ll be hearing from a lot of “family values” politicians decrying [...]

The Flag And Freedom: Thoughts On Flag Day

by @ Monday, June 14th, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Speech, History, Individual Liberty

Reposted from last year:
Twenty years ago when the flag burning debate was on the front pages, I wrote this article for The Freeman. I’ve posted it here before, but the words bear repeating:
The recent Supreme Court decision overturning state and Federal laws that made it a crime to burn or desecrate [...]

Cult Of The Presidency Available For Free Download

by @ Wednesday, June 9th, 2010. Filed under History, Individual Liberty, Politics

The Cato Institute has made Gene Healy’s excellent book The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, which I reviewed here, available for free.
You can download the PDF or the version for Kindle and other e-book readers. or you can read it below:
The Cult Of The Presidency

Today In History: D-Day

by @ Sunday, June 6th, 2010. Filed under History

Sixty six years ago today, the greatest amphibious operation in history began:

And, of course, you can never mark D-Day without what may have been the finest speech Ronald Reagan ever delivered:

James Madison v. Woodrow Wilson

by @ Saturday, June 5th, 2010. Filed under History, Individual Liberty, Politics, U.S. Constitution

George Will had a great column this week describing the political battles today as a battle between visions laid down by two men born 105 years apart:
Today, as it has been for a century, American politics is an argument between two Princetonians — James Madison, Class of 1771, and Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879. [...]

Irony

by @ Saturday, June 5th, 2010. Filed under History, Humor

Quote Of The Day — Unexpected Pacifist Edition

by @ Friday, June 4th, 2010. Filed under History, Quote Of The Day

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening [...]

Memorial Day

by @ Monday, May 31st, 2010. Filed under History, In The News

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