Woods brilliantly and persuasively argues in support of nullification and its effectiveness in combating a federal government that seeks constant accumulation of powers not expressly designated to it by the Constitution. In a beautiful accounting of the compact theory of union Woods argues that it is the duty of states to interp I picked this book up because I was interested in the topic but I expected a rather sophomoric and bombastic argument for nullification.
In a beautiful accounting of the compact theory of union Woods argues that it is the duty of states to interpose itself between the federal government and the citizens when Congress passes laws that are in violation of the Constitution. If the nationalist theory was correct, one national ratification vote would have been sufficient. This amounts to the federal government deciding for itself what it can and cannot do.
Even today, states that refuse to enforce the federal ban on medical marijuana have proved effective. Here, Woods cleans up and provides a more accurate accounting of the historic record by demonstrating that nullification and states rights are not the refuge for supporters of slavery.
I found this book both thought provoking and persuasive and I would hope that it begins a debate in this country over how to combat the flagrantly unConstitutional accumulation of power of the federal government. Jul 31, Jason Mccool added it. Is a federal government created by the states the only legitimate judge of it's own power? Is it a conflict of interest for the federal judiciary i. Is "States Rights" just an obscure rallying cry for wannabe rebels or was it an integral part of our founding, and a key component of the checks and balances designed to keep our federal government from becoming just Is a federal government created by the states the only legitimate judge of it's own power?
Is "States Rights" just an obscure rallying cry for wannabe rebels or was it an integral part of our founding, and a key component of the checks and balances designed to keep our federal government from becoming just another tyranny? This is a great book about a legal concept most people are not even aware is an option for opposing unconstitutional federal laws, much less an option favored by both Madison and Jefferson. Unfortunately, the few people that have heard of nullification only associate it with the South's lead-up to secession. However, Thomas Woods does a great job of writing a very well-documented thesis that shows how nullification was used by both Northern and Southern states to hold the power-hungry federal government in check.
He uses extensive historical quotes from Jefferson, Madison, and others to show both the original intent and later application of nullification to prevent onerous laws from being enforced against a state's citizens. While the language of the quotes from the 's and 's might be difficult for some modern readers, it is well worth the effort to read and understand our nation's history in order to change the course we're on.
Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century Hardcover – June 28, Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government by Thomas E. Woods Hardcover $ Who Killed the Constitution?: The Federal. As New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., explains, “ nullification” allows states to reject unconstitutional federal laws. For many tea partiers.
The second half of the book is historical documents referenced in the first half, such as the Constitution, the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of and , and James Madison's Report of , among others. Following that are extensive endnotes for those wanting more information or wanting to verify the accuracy of Woods' research. Point is, read it, learn to question everything about your government and hold them accountable, because they surely won't walk the line on their own.
Sep 03, Kenny Murphy rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a wonderfully written book by Tom Woods about the history of nullification in the U. The process of "nullification", is when the states uphold the 10th Amendment, The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Thus, a unconstitutional law is not a law at all and the State has every right to not comply with the Federal government. Woods discusses parts of the Constitution s This is a wonderfully written book by Tom Woods about the history of nullification in the U.
Woods discusses parts of the Constitution such as the "commerce clause", "general welfare clause" and the "necessary and proper clause" which are misrepresented by politicians to justify imposing unconstitutional laws on all of us. Critics of state nullification like to associate the idea that states can not comply with the Fed with slavery, but what they don't teach people in school is that it was the use of nullification that ended the practice of slavery in many states, by refusing to comply with the federally mandated Fugitive Slave Act.
The appendix also includes the Constitution, for reference purposes. My only complaint is the cover art, poor taste, makes it look like partisan crap. May 16, Darryl Perry rated it it was amazing. Tales From the Revolution which was named 1 of 4 finalists in the Current Events: I knew I wanted to read the book, as I felt it would further my understanding of a concept I already liked.
I could not have been more right. It is void and of no effect…. Nullification provides a shield between the people of a State and an unconstitutional law from the federal government.
Woods goes on to cite numerous letters and papers written by the Federalists claiming that States did have a right to nullify unconstitutional laws. He even show modern examples of nullification that have not resulted as some say nullification does in bloodshed. Woods also cites the work being done by the Tenth Amendment Center and their fight to oppose federal violations of the Constitution.
This is the historical record. Should we wait for the Supreme Court to decide whether or not the federal government has violated the Constitution?
From until many other States employed nullification when the federal government was seen as overstepping the bounds of the Constitution. The most overlooked example of nullification was by Wisconsin when the legislature nullified a Fugitive Slave Law that was seen as unconstitutional. Or was the United States the creation of a single, undifferentiated American people?
At the time of publishing 27 States had either passed nullification laws or were in the act of doing so. He also talks about jury nullification and other options to nullification, such as Amending the Constitution. To answer this question. Woods, surprisingly, quotes Lysander Spooner.
There can be no justice done in any attempt to summarize documents. Tom Woods, has definitely written another excellent book. Jul 10, Brent rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Woods cites as precedent the Kentucky Resolutions of and the Virginia Resolutions of These were issued by the state legislatures in response to President John Adams' Alien and Sedition Acts which, among other things, made it a crime to simply criticize the government.
Anyway, with that stage set, Woods expounds upon the Compact Theory of the Constitution. The United States was created by an agreement of the States, not the general population living in the Colonies. This is an important concept because when the Federal Government passes a law or claims authority and power not granted by the Constitution, who can judge? Most of us would say the Supreme Court, but how can a branch of the Federal Government objectively rule on actions of the Federal Government? The Supreme Court is comprised of men and women hand-picked by the very people who create and execute the legislation of this country.
No matter how much the Supreme Court may claim to be an objective arbiter in such matters, no one can deny that the Federal Government, aided by the Supreme Court, has overstepped its constitutional bounds. That's where the States come in. Whenever an objective judge cannot be found to decide on matters regarding an agreement or compact the decision is left to the compact's original parties.
In this case, the States, as the parties who agreed to form a Federal Government and grant it certain, limited powers, are the entities who have the authority to decide whether their creation, the Federal Government, has exceeded its constitutional authority. This is a no-brainer. Woods does a great job explaining these concepts and answers critics. Read this book to get a better idea of how our Founding Fathers intended our government to work, and why the State Legislatures should redouble their efforts to resist Federal encroachment on powers reserved to the States and to the American people by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.
May 05, J. Purves rated it did not like it Shelves: Woods effectively sums up his respect for the U. Constitution by quoting famous American anarchist, Lysander Spooner, in the conclusion of his book on Nullification: As a conservative with tea party sympathies myself, I have to warn everyone that if they follow Woods' suggestions, they are going to send the Tea Party movement down the abyss, along the way of the "birthers" and other "outside of conservatism" dingbats.
It is no coincidence that Spooner was a profound influence on libertarian Murray Rothbard who was famous for a arguing that the government shouldn't be allowed the power of taxation, or actually the right to exist at all, and b being kicked out of conservative circles by William F. It should come as no surprise that Woods finds it useful to quote from Rothbard in order to make the arguments in his book. This book is based on selective and shoddily thrown together history, ignoring obvious historical facts that are inconvenient to Woods' arguments.
For example, it was only Jefferson, not Madison, who supported the idea of nullification. Madison, not Jefferson, helped write the Constitution.
The power of the states to nullify and ignore federal law was one of the huge problems under the Articles of Confederation which caused the Constitutional Convention in in the first place. In other words, the Constitution was written so that the states couldn't ignore or nullify federal law Nov 23, Terrence Daugherty rated it it was amazing. I cannot think of another work that covers the idea of Nullification and Secession as well as this book by Tom Woods. He does a fine job at citation while avoiding conjecture.
Each chapter is laden with history, but in such a concise manner so as to not overburden the reader.
Each quote was relevant, and firmly supported Woods' premises encouraging the survival of Nullification principles. There need to be more up-to-date works on this topic, shown in a positive light, so as to stem the tide o I cannot think of another work that covers the idea of Nullification and Secession as well as this book by Tom Woods.
How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. Or was the United States the creation of a single, undifferentiated American people? Audio CD Verified Purchase. Woods is the author of twelve books, most recently Real Dissent: Madison, not Jefferson, helped write the Constitution. Woods discusses parts of the Constitution s This is a wonderfully written book by Tom Woods about the history of nullification in the U.
There need to be more up-to-date works on this topic, shown in a positive light, so as to stem the tide of Statism. Sep 26, David Robins rated it really liked it. Great to have the argument for nullification so cogently presented, as well as the historical documents defending it as the second part of the volume. Very well synthesized by Dr. Woods; stayed well focused on topic, but also presented a few insights into libertarian natural rights and non-aggression philosophy. Woods makes a strong historical case for the duty of state legislatures to nullify federal laws which they feel are unconstitutional.
He also shows the Federal government derives its power from the states. Jul 05, Donna Anoskey rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thoroughly enjoy Tom Woods' writing, and this was no exception. His arguments for state nullification are well rooted in the foundation of the States, and the Constitution, as well as the writings of the period. His sources are well noted, and the book is very readable.
The inclusion of 11 "Essential Documents" highlights how differently "rights", "states", and the Constitution were thought of early in US history than today. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the historical basis o I thoroughly enjoy Tom Woods' writing, and this was no exception. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the historical basis of states rights and nullification. Apr 28, Dan Coats rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is Tom Woods' best yet.
It is historically rigorous and its prescription of the "rightful remedy" will continue to be relevant. During these times that challenge our freedoms there is no one more qualified to make U. In clear and well-documented arguments, Tom Woods gives hope to those who wish to tame the federal monster as the Framers intended?
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Audio CD Verified Purchase. It's not secret that American History classes are severely biased and leave huge gaps in what is taught. The concept of Nullification is no different. Raich , that held that the federal drug laws trumped the state medical-marijuana law. To his credit, Woods is no Constitution worshipper. Woods addresses this by pointing out that the federal government violates the rights of both blacks and whites on a massive scale, with the burden of many unconstitutional interventions, such as the war on drugs, falling heaviest on blacks.
He also observes that the federal courts upheld Jim Crow for decades. Important points, but some readers will want more. Nullification is therefore essential reading for its lessons in history and for showing how libertarians might achieve real-world successes in the years ahead. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.