Nullification: “If you love liberty you can’t stand the federal government”

In an interview with then-Mises Institute vice-president Jeffrey Tucker, Tom Woods talks about his book Nullification and the concepts behind the political doctrine in connection with the Tenth Amendment. They also go through the history of nullification, starting with the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, written by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson respectively, in response to the Alien and Sedition Act.


The book, Woods says, is intended to “equip Americans…with a new way of thinking. I think a lot of people are generally frustrated with what’s going on with the federal government” along with the futility of the trite solutions (vote the bums out strategy) which have been tried repeatedly.

“If you love liberty you can’t stand the federal government,” he says.

Tucker also notes the necessity of nullification, observing that the same people who signed the Constitution later went on to pass the Alien and Sedition Act, which infringed on the freedom of speech.

“It proves if you give anybody power they’re going to abuse it,” he says.

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