A libertarian proposition. Will anybody listen?

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This discussion put on by Reason TV is interesting, though the interesting part doesn’t come until about 19 mins. into it. The rest is background info. Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch talk about their book, “The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America.” The thesis is that since we’re now able to unbundle things in the private sector, and ask for what we want, that people are coming to expect that of politics as well, and neither of the two parties is delivering it. So the two parties are experiencing push-back from the public on some issues. They don’t anticipate that there will be a third party movement out of this, but that it is something to which the political class should pay attention.

Principles of the Constitution. Are we done with it?

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Dr. Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College summarizes the principles of the Constitution with law professor and radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt. I like this as well because Hewitt plays devil’s advocate with Arnn re. whether the idea of the Constitution, the idea of a free republic, the idea of individual states, the idea of a free people is outdated, and whether it would just be better to centralize all power in Washington, D.C. It reminds me of some conversations I’ve had with people on the internet lately re. the Constitution.

They also talk about the administrative state that has been in the process of forming, whose basic idea is “turn government over to the experts.” While it’s useful to use the concept of a trend to describe what’s been happening, I thank Arnn a lot for saying (quoting Winston Churchill), “I don’t believe in trends. I believe in choices,” and Arnn says, “We need to make a choice.”

If you’re interested, Hillsdale has an online course on the Constitution (registration is free), that is in progress. You can follow along, and participate, at http://constitution.hillsdale.edu/