Saturday, December 19, 2009

the 10th

good review of human nature, state and federal power.
It would be foolish to think we can trust the federal government to act in accordance with freedom at all times, any more than we can trust the governments of each state to do so. Just ask the Sioux and the Cherokee. Or Japanese-Americans in 1942.

The best protection for liberty is a stiff and dynamic political competition between the states, and between states and the federal government, that allows for ideas to flourish or die on their merits. In that way, Americans cannot ever become permanently trapped by authoritarianism at any level.

five justices on the Supreme Court are allowed to impose their expansive view of central authority on the entire country, they are just five federal foxes guarding a hen house of 300 million taxpayers.
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