Thoughts from Maharrey Head #36: Rewriting Nullification History (With the Truth)

“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom”


In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about a recently published academic paper that obliterates conventional thinking about nullification and interposition.

In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison penned the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts. These documents, approved by the Kentucky and Virginia state legislatures, laid out the principles of nullification and interposition. In a nutshell, Jefferson and Madison established that the states have the authority and the duty to intervene and stop federal actions that violate the Constitution.

Conventional wisdom holds that every other state rejected the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. Federal supremacists use this “fact” to “prove” that Madison and Jefferson’s ideas were far outside of the mainstream and therefore not worth considering.

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I tell you about a recently published academic paper that proves that there was far stronger support for the resolutions than earlier academics led us to believe and talk about what this means for us today.

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SHOW NOTES AND LINKS

Link to Wendell Bird’s Paper

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #8: Jefferson and Madison’s Blueprint to Stop Unconstitutional Acts

Constitution 101: Nullification

The Kentucky Resolutions

The Virginia Resolutions

Mike Church interview with Kevin Gutzman

Nullification of Lawyers

The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions Were Just a Starting Point

Smashing Myths: Understanding Madison’s Notes on Nullification

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