Saturday, February 21, 2015
Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
You'll know we've made good progress reclaiming the Republic when plural forms of denominating the United States return to common language. This helpful perspective illuminates how this a one time federation of States has devolved into a set of almost mere administrative districts of The State.
"Cooperative Federalism" is what one clumsy-yet-slick YouTube channel called our present state of affairs (Crash Course, made possible with support from PBS).
This book shows you how any such sense of federalism as that is nonsensical and is no federalism at all, yet we (or the government) continue to use that term because not doing so would be to admit a bit too plainly that the Constitution stopped having any serious force at the root of our Republic almost since it got going, certainly after the Civil War, and ever more starkly so in the decades since then.
This book shows that the path to restore the originally designed balance is not so hard to see, yet would still require courage and some difficult to manage sense of agreement among fellow States in order to see results. Herding cats, that would be.
The book also shows that a big part of the problem for our present era is the distortion of our history that's taken place through the public education system's civics curriculum. It's a short walk to start sounding like a conspiracy theorist, and yet it needn't be any planned conspiracy that got us to this point...just simple step-wise expediency and time.
The book offers a refreshing take at what it would be like swimming up that particular stream.
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