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Thinking in a Box

Here’s a fun game you can play during a meeting break or at a dreadfully boring party. Declare yourself a libertarian and start talking about the need to limit the role of government, and then see how long it take before somebody says, “Oh yeah? What about the roads!?!” I promise; it won’t take long. […]

Only Seeing Half the Story

People have an amazing ability to draw definitive conclusions while only considering one half of the equation. Political philosopher Frederic Bastiat wrote an entire collection of essays illustrating this reality – That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives […]

The Tangled Logic of a Critic

I recently wrote an article arguing that the federal government was never meant to serve as a “liberty enforcement squad.” I was basically trying to illustrate the concept of delegation of powers through the use of an analogy. Ross sent me an email taking me to task. He believes the federal government SHOULD enforce its […]

Commerce Clause Does Not Trump the Second Amendment

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve read comments from several “legal experts” asserting that the Constitution’s commerce clause allows for the regulation of firearms.  Granted, the Supreme Court would likely agree with that assessment. The Court has basically stretched the commerce clause to the point that it allows the federal government to do anything […]

The Constitution means what it means!

Many Americans treat the Constitution like a moving target. Recently, I’ve faced opposition to various constitutional arguments falling into two broad categories. 1. Those who embrace the “living breathing” philosophy. These folks generally believe the constitution was meant to “flex” with the times. They will still hold fast, even tenaciously, to certain constitutional principles, but […]

Foundational Principles

It takes about 37 seconds of involvement in the political process to realize that most of the players don’t root their actions in any principles. Or, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that pragmatism is their principle. By and large, politics is all about seizing, consolidating and holding on to power. That’s why […]

Trying Times

I’m an optimist by nature. Even so, sometimes I become discouraged and frustrated. Activism certainly has its ups and downs, and the downs can become downright disillusioning. I had one of those nights earlier this week. I spoke at an event, passionately presenting the blueprint for rolling back overreaching federal power through nullification at the […]