In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why supporting “states’ rights” is crucial for liberty.
During an interview on the Lions of Liberty Podcast, Libertarian Party National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark created a stir when he called Ron Paul’s support for “states’ rights” anti-libertarian. While he later clarified that he wasn’t opposed to “states’ rights” in general, he did insist the federal government should police the states and ensure they don’t violate people’s rights.
Sarwark’s views are certainly rooted in good intentions, but they undermine America’s constitutional system and centralize power in the federal government.
This is dangerous to liberty.
In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why anybody who cares about limited government should support “states’ rights,” and why we should resist trying to harness the federal government to advance liberty.
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SHOW NOTES AND LINKS
Sarwark’s interview on Lions of Liberty (relevant comments are around the 25 minute mark)
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