Ratification History: North Carolina and Rhode Island Say No to the Constitution

Ratification History: North Carolina and Rhode Island Say No to the Constitution

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Did you know North Carolina and Rhode Island were both independent countries for a short while even after the Constitution was ratified? Article 7 established the requirements for putting the new Constitution into effect. “The Ratification of the Conventions of...

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War isn’t an Executive Decision under the Constitution

War isn’t an Executive Decision under the Constitution

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When it comes down to it, opinions are just opinions. Constitutionally, war and peace aren’t the president’s decision. The founding generation went out of their way to ensure this kind of unilateral decision-making would never happen. Under the constitution, the...

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Madison and Hamilton on “general Welfare” under the Constitution

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The “general welfare” clause does not give the federal government the power to do anything it wants. Where do the feds get the power to run things like healthcare, or education, or a retirement system? A lot of people will...

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5. Property, Freedom, and the Essential Job of Government

5. Property, Freedom, and the Essential Job of Government

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Prof: Okay, today’s discussion relies on three books, and one of them is Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty, which you’ve seen two chapters of online. Another is Hernando de Soto’s Mystery of Capital and the third, and by far most entertaining,...

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“Government Is Unnecessary” (ft. Alan Watts)
Government Bans Ambulance Competition

Government Bans Ambulance Competition

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you’re going to tell me that I’m not fit to work in your town? Phillip Truesdell and his daughter Hannah Howe run Legacy non-emergency ambulance service in Ohio they take patients places for treatment, move people from hospital to hospital...

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When Governments Cut Spending

When Governments Cut Spending

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What history, and both recent history and the most distant past history tells us is that bringing your spending under control through budget cuts and stringency bears big dividends in the short term and the medium term. Obvious case is...

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Funding Government by the Minute

Funding Government by the Minute

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In 2011 the Federal Government received a total of $2.2 trillion from all taxes, fees, and other revenue sources, and spent $3.8 trillion. To put the federal budget in perspective, let’s see how long it takes the government to run...

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Screw the government

Screw the government

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In the next sitting of parliament, the Government hopes to pass new legislation giving authorities greater powers to crack down on playing online poker for money in Australia. These interactive gambling laws are supposed to be about preventing match fixing...

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