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The Constitution is Easy to Understand, if You’re Willing to Read It


It’s often said that we, the masses, cannot possibly interpret the Constitution of the United States.  On the contrary we are told that this mystical document is an instrument of pure bewilderment, and therefore only our wise and noble public servants should be entrusted with its analysis.

bullshitNeedless to say, I think that’s total and utter bullshit.

Tom Woods wrote a great essay that takes apart this notion, using actual history to debunk the thought that we’re too feeble-minded to understand what the States actually agreed to in 1787.  After all the Constitution is nothing more than a compact (read “contract” in today’s terms) between sovereign nations.  And so understanding the Constitution involves the pretty standard task of researching what the parties to the compact believed they were agreeing to.  As Tom points out,

…the country’s governing document is not so inscrutable after all, and we need not rely on judges and law professors to tell us what it means.

Read Tom’s essay regarding the Constitution and how relatively easy it is to understand here.  This piece is an indispensable part of my Battle for Liberty.

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Williams, Hazlitt, Bastiat: The Elite I Can Support

This week, Walter Williams channeled Henry Hazlitt (and by proxy Frédéric Bastiat) in a superb article dealing with the recent drive for the $15 minimum wage. Call me crazy, but it seems every economic blunder pushed by our noble policy makers always boils down to Hazlitt’s one lesson, which he admittedly learned from Bastiat.  Williams does us … read more

Defend Voluntary Association

Voluntary association is one of the most basic tenets held by the truly liberty-minded.  And yet lately it’s fallen out of fashion, sometimes even with those claiming to be [L]ibertarians.  Instead, we’re told, public accommodation laws should be favored.  These laws empower the the State to insert itself into a business arrangement that should be … read more

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