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Path to Liberty

Author: Tenth Amendment Center

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Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Michael Boldin covers current events, the original constitution and strategy - all with an eye on advancing liberty.
209 Episodes
“Power corrupts” has been a maxim for ages, but most people still seem to trust people with power as long as it’s used in a way they want it to be used. This is extremely short-sighted. The Founders warned us about this - whatever power you give someone today to do “good” will eventually be in the hands of someone who can use that power for the opposite. The post Power Corrupts. So Don’t Trust Anyone Who Has it first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
Some bad news, followed by more bad news, unfortunately. A “2nd Amendment Sanctuary” bill in Texas has a pretty major loophole - and another effort has an even bigger one. This could certainly happen in other states too - if no one’s paying attention. The post 2nd Amendment: What the Heck is Happening in Texas? first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
We've all heard the story about Thomas Jefferson going forward with the Louisiana Purchase even though he thought it was a violation of the Constitution. But there’s much more history to it, and that includes a proposed amendment, James Madison, Albert Gallatin, John Dickinson and even Thomas Paine. The post Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
When it’s “just for the terrorists,” you can be sure it’ll eventually be used against you. As leading founders like James Madison, John Adams, John Dickinson, and Samuel Adams warned us - the precedent of power is like a cancer - it grows and grows, and grows. That’s exactly what’s happening before our very eyes with the unconstitutional warrantless surveillance powers of Section 702. The post Like a Cancer: Warrantless Surveillance under Section 702 first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Dickinson and other prominent founders recognized that the ground of liberty is gained by inches - and it takes dedication, fortitude and perseverance to build on each small step forward. Few organizations today - if any - have put this advice into practice and effect better than the Montana Shooting Sports Association. The post Fortitude‌ ‌and‌ ‌Perseverance:‌ ‌A‌ ‌Lesson‌ ‌on‌ ‌Liberty‌ ‌from‌ ‌Montana‌ ‌ first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
What do taxes, fiat money, a refusal to cooperate and the Articles of Confederation have to do with nullification strategy today? Quite a bit, it turns out. The post The Seeds of Nullification: A Lesson from the Articles of Confederation first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
The only founder who signed the Declaration, Articles of Confederation, Constitution and the Continental Association. Yet, the name Roger Sherman is hardly known to most people today. On this episode, an overview of his life and accomplishments in commemoration of his 300th birthday. The post Remembering Roger Sherman at 300 first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
For many people, nullification is a loaded word - primarily due to a government-run education system that’s never taught people the full history of the doctrine. Partisans seem to like it that way and perpetuate these myths by referring to things they don’t like as slavery-supporting nullification - and things they do like as definitely, absolutely “not nullification.” The post Anti-Nullification Propaganda: Definitions Matter first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
Supporters of the monster state absolutely hate nullification. And they always conveniently ignore the fact that it was used by northern states to resist federal pro-slavery laws. On this episode, get a quick overview of those arguments - plus quotes from 3 leading abolitionists in support of nullification. The post Abolitionists for Nullification first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
In 1791, James Madison gave two major speeches on the National Bank, opposing it primarily on grounds that it wasn’t a power expressly delegated in the Constitution. He also rejected claims that used the general welfare and necessary and proper clauses, along with the power to borrow money, and the preamble. The post James Madison: The Constitution vs the National Bank first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
We hear them all the time - from the left and right - and even some libertarians too. On this episode, learn the most common excuses for rejecting or just avoiding nullification, all based on fear. Plus, some timeless responses from Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Adams and James Otis, Jr. The post Top-4‌ ‌Excuses‌ ‌for‌ ‌Rejecting‌ ‌Nullification‌ first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
More important every day, the "foundation of the Constitution" is how Thomas Jefferson described the 10th Amendment. A quick overview of what it is and why it exists, plus the top-10 quotes from leading founders on the Tenth - and the essential principles behind it. The post The 10th Amendment in Ten: Top-10 Founders Quotes first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
John Taylor of Caroline’s Tyranny Unmasked explains in plain, but passionate language the dangers of centralized power, with a focus on government interference in commerce, along with taxation, parties and even so-called “national defence.” Written in 1822, it’s an essential - but ignored - polemic against the tyranny of powerful, centralized government. The post Tyranny Unmasked: John Taylor’s Warning About Consolidation first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
Of all the compromises which produced the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, the Three-Fifths Compromise is probably considered the most controversial today. But in order to understand what it actually was all about, it’s important to set aside preconceived notions and look at the history behind it - going back more than a decade to the Articles of Confederation. The post The History behind the Three-Fifths Compromise first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
With a natural rights foundation - along with warnings about consolidation and people with power - in his 2nd of 16 essays during the debates over ratification of the Constitution, Antifederalist Brutus made a powerful case for decentralization and a Bill of Rights. The post Consolidation vs Natural Liberty: Antifederalist Brutus No. 2 first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
To the Founding generation, Trial by Jury was considered an indispensable tool against the power of government. Although supporters of the monster state today want juries to only judge the facts of the case before them, they actually have a duty to consider not just the facts, but the law itself. The post Jury Nullification: 5 Founders and 4 States first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
ATF officials met with manufacturers last week to discuss "issues of mutual concern." That is, new legislation or executive action directed at "ghost guns." They want more unconstitutional federal regulations. But even if they're able to get it on the books, with tools, parts and 3D printing providing more ease of access for the general public, it's possible that enforcement could be doomed from the start. The post Ain’t Afraid of no Ghosts, Even if the ATF Wants us to Be first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
Many state legislators who claim to support the 2nd Amendment have a bad foundation on the right to keep and bear arms - and a bad foundation on the Constitution as a whole. So, you shouldn’t be surprised when their proposals do nothing to protect liberty - or even make things worse. The post Garbage in, Garbage out: Bad Foundations are Dangerous to Liberty first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
Little more than a dystopian pre-crime government credit score, predictive policing started out as a military intelligence application and is being deployed in more and more cities. But a handful have said no - with 4 banning its use. Will more follow soon? The post Predictive Policing Banned in 4 Cities. More Soon? first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
Often funded by federal grant programs and even operated out of federally-designated fusion centers, "predictive policing" software is showing up in more and more local law enforcement agencies. Learn what it is and how it's used. In practice, it's little more than a dystopian pre-crime government credit score. The post Predictive Policing: Weaponizing Data and Location first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.
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