by Tom Woods
In March of 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, an unpopular and plainly unconstitutional law. Many Americans who opposed the law were left wishing that there was a way that the federal government could be forced to respect the Constitution’s limits on federal power. In June of that same year, historian Tom Woods answered those wishes with Nullification, which hearkens back to the founding generation’s solution to an out of control federal government. Originating in the debates over the Constitution and employed many times in the country’s first 70 years of existence, nullification is simply the idea that the states have the authority to ignore and oppose the federal government when it passes unconstitutional laws, which Thomas Jefferson said were “unauthoratative, void and of no force.” Woods’ book is an important introduction to the long-forgotten right and duty of the states to enforce constitutional limitations on federal power.
Praise for Nullification
“In clear and well-documented arguments, Tom Woods gives hope to those who wish to tame the federal monster as the Framers intended—by using the utterly lawful and historically accepted principle of Nullification. You must read this book.” – Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of The Constitution in Exile
“This book is a must read for all who respect and cherish liberty. During these times that challenge our freedoms there is no one more qualified to make U.S. history relevant to the fight against big government than Thomas Woods.” – Barry Goldwater, Jr, former U.S. Representative (R-California)
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