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Thoughts from Maharrey Head #75: “States’ Rights” and Liberty

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why supporting “states’ rights” is crucial for liberty. During an interview on the Lions of Liberty Podcast, Libertarian Party National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark created a stir when he called Ron Paul’s support for “states’ rights” anti-libertarian. While he later […]

Turning the Bill of Rights into a Billy Club

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America celebrated Bill of Rights Day earlier this week. But perhaps we should have declared it a day of mourning. After all, federal supremacists have turned the Bill of Rights into just another government centralizing document. On Dec. 15, 1791, Virginia became the 11th state to ratify the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, crossing […]

The Evolution of Sovereignty in American Political Thought: States’ Rights

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This is part 2 of a 2-part series examining the evolution of American political thought as it relates to sovereignty in the political system. You can read part 1 HERE. In the years leading up to the Revolutionary War, and continuing through the post-war era, Americans conceived and developed a revolutionary political idea. They came […]

Kentucky Gov. Bevin Just Another Federal Supremacist Lying About REAL ID

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin ran as the “limited government” Tea Party guy. He even famously boasted the would tell the EPA to “pound sand.” But it turns out he’s just another federal supremacist without a spine lying to push an unconstitutional national ID system. Bevin released a YouTube video on Friday to tout a piece […]

No, Secession is Not Treason

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Those seeking to erase Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy from the public sphere most often refer to the association with slavery and racism. I strongly condemn this movement to purge and censor. Tossing inconvenient or uncomfortable history down the proverbial memory hole smacks of Orwellian tyranny. Totalitarian regimes cleanse history. This rising […]

Constitution 101: Was the Bill of Rights Meant to Apply to the States?

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Last week we began examining the Bill of Rights. This week we will address a specific question: was the Bill of Rights intended to apply to the state governments? Some people argue that it was. They concoct some interesting arguments based on “rules of construction” or approach it through various philosophies of rights and liberty […]

Nevada, You Have a Problem!

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Nevada, you have a problem. Many have framed the standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Federal Bureau of Land Management as a “states’ rights” issue. Consider this summary by CBS News. “The fight between Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management widened into a debate about states’ rights and federal land-use policy. Bundy […]