Why Cities Ought to, Sometimes, Challenge Their States

April 2, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] On next Tuesday’s ballot here in Wichita, KS, voters will be able to, whether they realize it or not, directly contribute to an ongoing struggle over the meaning and operations of democratic government in the…
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Not Even on the Radar

December 1, 2013
In a small attempt to connect political theory to actual power, last week I sent messages to some GOP members of the U.S. Senate telling them about my new book, Politics on a Human Scale.  (It might sound self-promoting…
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Buchanan v. Lincoln, Oakeshott, Constitutional Ideology, and More

November 8, 2013
The Dangers of Constitutional Ideology, Spontaneous Order in the American Colonies, Buchanan and Lincoln, Michael Oakeshott Against the Telocrats . . . Many important political, legal, and historical issues have been discussed at Nomocracy in Politics. Further thoughtful analysis will…
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State Nullification, Supreme Court, and Jeffersonianism

September 28, 2013
State Nullification of Unconstitutional Federal Laws, Rogue Judges, Why the Supreme Court Should Behave Like a Court, Jeffersonian Reflections on Our Ills  . . . Many important political, legal, and historical issues were discussed this week at Nomocracy in Politics. Further thoughtful…
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Truth on the Losing Side

June 27, 2013
Justice Scalia’s dissents in the two same-sex “marriage” cases are worth reading. The first opinion addresses the idea of judicial supremacy within the federal government—what Jefferson called “the despotism of an oligarchy”: “This case is about power in several respects.…
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Firm Identities and Loose Borders

Drinkability_Bud_Lightjpg June 29, 2012
Hillsdale, Michigan. A drive back from New England to the upper mid-West on Tuesday gave me ample time to hear the journalistic accounts of the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration laws. The first item of note was the availability…
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What is American?

CMRneenah December 14, 2010
While there is much work to be done and there are no guarantees of success, we don’t have to look far for the foundations upon which to build. They are all around us.
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No Flipping

No flipping August 19, 2010
But not to be missed in this story is the recognition that no matter how much the government wants to empower and affirm everyone equally, you cannot fool the American sports fan.
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The Prudent Case for Robust Federalism and Limited Subsidiarity

henry July 15, 2010
There are good reasons to prefer federalism over subsidiarity, but first the concepts must be clearly defined.
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Cameron’s “Big Society” and its Discontents

biggovernmentbigproblems April 9, 2010
I can’t seem to get the Orwellian thought of a “National Department of Bigness” out of my head – where everything is kept small and local…except the Department.
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Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion, and the Limits of Localism

November 9, 2009
Kearneysville, WV. Last week I published a piece suggesting ten positions that might serve to constitute a platform for those who are disillusioned by both major political parties and who long for an alternative that includes, among other things, a…
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Localism with Teeth

November 5, 2009
“I never saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing one another by argument.  I have seen many, on their getting warm, becoming rude, and shooting one another.” –Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson Randolph “Anyone who observed us…
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Third Party?

November 2, 2009
Kearneysville, WV. The race for New York’s 23rd Congressional District’s open seat has garnered national attention. The Democratic candidate, Bill Owens, is currently running a few points behind Doug Hoffman, who is running under the banner of the Conservative Party.…
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