Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century
August 21, 2010
Kevin Barrett talks with Thomas E. Woods, author of the important new book Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. Dr. Woods (BA Harvard, Ph.D Columbia) is a historian and senior fellow at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, and the author of ten books.
Nullification presents Thomas Jefferson’s argument that states have the right to nullify unconstitutional federal laws by refusing to enforce them, or by actively impeding enforcement. Dr. Woods traces the hidden history of nullification– a concept that was once widely accepted, but which has been gradually obscured by powerful people wielding bad arguments. Nullification is becoming increasingly prominent today as states nullify federal drug laws (by legalizing medical marijuana), the Real ID Act (by refusing to implement it), and Obamacare (by standing up for their citizens’ rights to refuse to buy mandatory private health insurance). Since the Constitution explicitly lists what the federal government can do, and reserves everything else to the states and the people, it seems that the rogue regime.
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