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Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century (Inglese) Copertina rigida – feb 2012

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5.0 su 5 stelle FOOD FOR EYE-OPENING THOUGHT 7 febbraio 2017
Di L.S. Smith - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
This volume of essays is red meat for readers who are interested in how to bring back republican governance to the United States of America. Each speaks to an aspect of the problem, but all provide the same solution -- secession, which is probably the most odious word in American politics. But why? Thirteen States "seceded" from British rule. They also "seceded" from the so-called "perpetual" Articles of Confederation. Why then should States not be allowed to secede from the Union in its present configuration? The vast territory over which the Union spread in 1787 was a cause for pause by the founders. No republic so large was then thought possible. The American plan was replete with misgivings about size. But look at the Union now: it spreads from shore to shore, and beyond! Federalism has given way to a monstrous centralized government, a Leviathan, in which States are largely only administrative entities, analogous to counties within a State.

I walked away from reading this volume convinced that the war over which Abraham Lincoln presided was morally and constitutionally wrong. His thoughts about secession, as stated in his First Inaugural Address, were sophistry. There is no evidence that any State entered the Union with the idea that it could not get out. In fact, Virginia, New York, and Rhode Island specifically ratified the Constitution conditionally. The document was a contract, or compact, between the States. In English law, compacts could certainly be rescinded in the event of a breach. In this case, only the State, as a party to the compact, could decide whether there had been a breach.

I would suggest that, if the reader is interested in the subject of secession, that he also read Robert F. Hawes, Jr.'s, One Nation, Indivisible?; Albert Taylor Bledsoe's, Is Davis a Traitor?; John C. Calhoun's, A Discourse on Government, A Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States; John Remington Graham's, A Constitutional History of Secession; and the seventh chapter of George F. Kennan's, Around the Cragged Hill. This would be an excellent beginning. These volumes will underscore the fact that the victors write history, and that often it is terribly skewed.

If you want to extricate yourself from the myths about secession, and start thinking outside the box, read Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century. Your eyes may well be opened.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Flags! Need more Post-It flags. 16 maggio 2015
Di Michael St James - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
My only criticism is that there is no Kindle edition of this book, because it seems made for copious annotation of the sort that Kindle excels at. Consequently, you get what you see in the accompanying image. :) I found that I could not let my annotated copy out of my possession, but wanted badly to share the messages of the authors, so I bought a couple more to use as loaners. I was right to do this. I always have to go chase them down after a few weeks. This book is most valuable for the history Americans are never taught, for the insights provided into our constitution and as a hopeful projection of how the American Union CAN be ended peacefully, logically and for the betterment of everyone. America IS to big to work. That is indisputable. The question is only how it will end; will it be a spectacular collapse into barbarism, or a relatively peaceful devolution into a federation of smaller states wherein self-government might still be possible.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Historical and logical 1 settembre 2013
Di Harlan - Pubblicato su
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The book is a collection of essays that relate to a possible response to the increasing power that is piling on regulations and stacking up debt for every American. Donald Livingston's introduction states the problem facing Americans today as emanating from a centralized government, which the Constitution's framers did not intended to establish, and that government's concerns over how to spend trillions each year rather than solve problems.

The first essay, by Kent Masterson Brown, is a legal and historical analysis of secession.

Next, Thomas DiLorenzo emphasizes the role of federalism in protecting individual liberty. The current official history narratiive ignores that state nullification and secession are checks on the power of the central government, instead of the election charades that we regularly have and which incumbents win over 90% of the time.

Marshall DeRosa reminds readers that the Tenth Amendment is in the Constitution for a reason, though interpretations of the US Supreme Court have gutted its effectiveness. DeRosa asks if it's logical to expect this creation of the federal government, to which partisans are appointed in a contentious process, to be impartial in disputes involving the separation of powers between the States and DC.

Donald Livingston discusses the relation of size to republican values. Citizens are to make laws in accordance with a tradition. The size and scope of the federal government make this impossible, he writes. Kirkpatrick Sale continues this argument and states his Law of Government Size: "Economic and social misery increases in direct proportion to the size and power of the central government of a nation." Big governments cause big problems and big wars ("war is the health of states").

Yuri Maltsev turns the "too big to fail" argument around and describes how the USSR was too big not to fail.

Finally, in "Most Likely to Secede," Rob Williams introduces Vermont's secession movement. Mr. Williams writes that "the US is no longer a self-governing republic responsive to the needs of its citizens but an uncontrollable Empire governed by an unholy alliance of corporations and the federal government..."

All of the essays discuss various aspects of the growing federal government and generally conclude that secession is a real check on central power. The word "secession" is rare in modern American political discourse and usually scorned when mentioned, but one point from Prof. DeRosa's essay should give pause to the scorners: it's no coincidence that Lincoln secured central government subsidy to the greatest corporate interest in America in 1862, after effective opposition to a centralized corporatist state left the federal government.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Must Read for Every American! 24 marzo 2014
Di Robert G. Linn - Pubblicato su
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Every American must read this book in order to understand the true foundations of the American union of states and the political theory which laid the foundation for the incredible productivity which found its genesis in the free association of sovereign states cooperating under a contract with each other to form a subservient federal government which would serve them in a few limited and defined ways. Once this true picture of the American union comes into focus, the reader will realize the extent to which contemporary government education has not only left him uninformed, but misguided.
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5.0 su 5 stelle New thoughts for a new world. 6 aprile 2014
Di whitebuffalo - Pubblicato su
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The American Empire is over. No sane person can argue otherwise. The only question that remains is what happens to the geographical area known as the United States? The answer is found in this compilation of essays about the dissolution of American federalism and a return to local/regional republics. This book provides solid arguments on why and how this will all take place in the near future.