How To Resist Federal Tyranny
by Fergus Hodgson
According to Rasmussen Reports, constituent hostility to the federal government is at an unprecedented high, and twenty state attorneys general, including Louisiana’s, are challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 federal health care reform. However, in his latest book, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, Thomas Woods argues for more than voter scrutiny and pleas to the United States Supreme Court. He advocates the rediscovery and use of state nullification against unconstitutional federal laws.
An American historian and senior fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods was recently interviewed by the Pelican Institute. (Click here to listen to the interview – 31 minutes.) This gave him the opportunity to explain precisely what nullification is in the American context, why the federal government appears to be without limit in its powers, and how nullification has been and still is used effectively to maintain constitutional limits. He also responded to what he sees as the leading red herrings against states legally disobeying or interposing themselves against the federal government.