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Refuting Hamilton and Webster on Standing Armies: Antifederalist Brutus No. 9

Refuting Hamilton and Webster on Standing Armies: Antifederalist Brutus No. 9

In his 9th essay, Brutus continues his warning that standing armies are always “dangerous to the liberties of a people.” Here, he responds to criticisms of this position by Noah Webster and Alexander Hamilton.

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The Most Important Fed Meeting Ever!

The Most Important Fed Meeting Ever!

Federal Reserve meetings are getting to be a lot like elections. Every one is the most important one ever! This should raise some significant questions in your mind. Primarily, why do politically connected central bankers have so much influence?

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Federal Spending Unabated; Deficit Continues Relentless Growth

Federal Spending Unabated; Deficit Continues Relentless Growth

The U.S. government ran a $170.64 billion budget deficit in August, pushing the total fiscal 2021 budget shortfall to $2.71 trillion with one month to go, according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement.

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OSHA Is Not Regulating “Commerce”

OSHA Is Not Regulating “Commerce”

I have asserted that OSHA is an unconstitutional federal agency. I’ve gotten some pushback from folks who say it is authorized by the “commerce clause.” But this is a complete misunderstanding of the meaning of the word “commerce” in the Constitution.

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Originalism and Citizens United (Again)

Originalism and Citizens United (Again)

To be clear, the issue in Citizens United was whether corporations (and labor unions and non-profit associations like the ACLU) could spend money to express their opinions about candidates.  I think there most certainly is a “plausible argument” that the original meaning of the First Amendment included such a right.

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What’s the Deal with all the Obedience?

What’s the Deal with all the Obedience?

The doctrine of “passive obedience and non-resistance” – was one the founders and old revolutionaries vehemently rejected as destructive to liberty. Yet, here we are today…is it based on fear, or maybe just old habits?

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Parchment Barriers With Teeth

Parchment Barriers With Teeth

Constitutions don’t enforce themselves. That’s why James Madison called constitutions “parchment barriers.”

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The Danger of Factions: Nothing New Under the Sun

The Danger of Factions: Nothing New Under the Sun

A “frightful despotism,” would be the result of an “alternate domination of one faction over another,” warned George Washington. He was joined – with similar warnings – by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Thomas Jefferson and many others. But this opposition to factions didn’t start with the founding generation at all.

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