Path to Liberty

Path to Liberty

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Michael Boldin covers current events, the original constitution and strategy – all with an eye on advancing liberty.... Show More

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March 5, 2021 17 min

Little known to most people today, for many years after the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770 - residents of the city held a solemn public holiday to commemorate the event annually. These tributes featured special orations, poetry, and visual representations. On this episode of Path to Liberty, highlights from John Hancock’s Massacre Day Oration of March 5, 1774.

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Using James Madison’s advice and strategy to undermine and defeat federal programs, get a status report update on efforts in 15 states taking action against federal attacks on the 2nd Amendment

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A radical Change in the “Principles, Opinions, Sentiments and Affection of the People” was the real American Revolution of the 18th century. Are we witnessing the very early beginnings of a new radical change today? Maybe, but as Samuel Adams made clear, it will require our “utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance.”

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While most people today never heard his name, if you were alive at the time of the founding, you definitely knew "The Chancellor," Robert R. Livingston, who passed away today in history - Feb 26, 1813. Get a highlight reel of his life - from the Declaration of Independence to the ratification of the Constitution and beyond.

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Have you ever been attacked as a "statist" because something you support to expand liberty - in a big or small way - doesn’t "go far enough?" Join the club - we’ve heard this kind of thing from a subset of libertarians for years. But their all-or-nothing approach not only rejects the strategy of leading founders like Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson, it also runs counter to the ideas of Mr. Libertarian himself.

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Through the proliferation of joint law enforcement task forces, the federal government is creating a national police force that operates in a legal twilight zone with little or no oversight.

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February 19, 2021 13 min

The feds have no delegated power to impose wage controls under the original, legal meaning of the Constitution. Federal supremacists will quickly point to the commerce clause. But that constitutional argument for a federal minimum wage is as ignorant as the economic arguments.

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While many warnings from the founding generation might seem prophetic today - they were usually based on an intense study of history and human nature. On this episode, some of the best predictions/warnings, an overview of what the Founders studied, and quotes from federalists and anti-federalists that we should pay close attention to today.

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After John Dickinson urged them to take action in response to the Townshend Acts of 1767, James Otis, Jr. and Samuel Adams drafted the Massachusetts Circular Letter, which was sent to the other colonies - and London - on Feb 11, 1768. What transpired before, during and after is a little-known - but incredibly important - part of the march towards independence.

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February 10, 2021 38 min

The Founders and Old Revolutionaries told us that liberty would only be safe when the people rejected and resisted usurpations early and often - nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud was the maxim. They even provided us with the tools to do so under the Constitution. Yet, many who claim to want to “nullify” the feds today are really just looking for permission to do so from that same federal government.

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When left and right take steps to nullify the feds - what strategies do they each use to get the job done? Can newcomers learn what has proven most effective - even if it comes from the “other” side?

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While some people may believe that Thomas Jefferson invented the doctrine of nullification - because he called it the “rightful remedy” for acts outside the Constitution - he was merely reiterating long-held views on the limits of government power, and strategies to resist them when he drafted the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.

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On Feb 3, 1913, the 16th Amendment was ratified, setting the foundation for the income tax and the monster state we live under today. Learn some of the essential backstory - and 5 big lessons for the future of liberty.

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Published in response to the hated Townshend Acts of 1767, Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania were more popular in the colonies than any other publication until Thomas Paine’s Common Sense in 1776. They asserted the colonial cause against imperial British overreach and helped to lay the groundwork for the U.S. Constitution drafted two decades later. The letters also presented important ideas about resisting usurpation.

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January 29, 2021 15 min

Thomas Paine's radical vision and plainspoken style helped inspire the American Revolution, supported individual rights and more. His experience as a privateer and a government tax collector - likely informed his views later in life, which included vehement opposition to war and slavery, and in support of natural rights and the sovereignty of the people.

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The number of federal gun control measures that are authorized under the Constitution - is zero. But relying on the feds to limit their own power is a bad strategy. That’s why it’s up to the states to get the job done. On this episode, get an update from 9 states - where there are efforts to protect the 2nd Amendment from federal infringements.

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January 25, 2021 35 min

In what is likely the worst humanitarian disaster in the world right now, the U.S.-backed war on Yemen has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. Get an introduction to the history of that horrible civil war, the U.S. involvement, and some timeless advice warnings on entangling alliances from Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington.

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Following the wisdom and advice of the Founders and Old Revolutionaries, we recognize that the federal government is one of limited, delegated powers. When it exceeds those limits, it commits an act of usurpation - which must be rendered “void.” Establishment left and right want us to rely on the federal government to somehow fix itself - they all despise nullification. But that won’t stop supporters of the Constitution and liberty...

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How did the Founders treat an inaugural address? We can get a pretty good idea from their own words: Adherence to the Constitution, peace, principles - and more. An overview of the first addresses of 4 leading founders - who were also the first four presidents under the Constitution for the United States.

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As Thomas Jefferson warned us, to take a “single step” beyond the limits of the constitution is to take a “boundless field of power.” He was far from alone. As students of history, leading Founders like John Dickinson and George Washington also recognized that any precedent for more power represented a dangerous expansion. But that’s far from how precedents are treated today.

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