• Haitian Revolutions: Crash Course World History #30
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    Haitian Revolutions: Crash Course World History #30

    Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course World History. And apparently it’s Revolutions Month here at Crash Course, because today we are going to discuss the often-neglected Haitian Revolutions. The Haitian Revolutions are totally fascinating and they involve two of my very favorite things: 1. Ending slavery, and 2. Napoleon getting his feelings hurt. I can’t help myself, Napoleon. I like to see you suffer. [theme music] So, the French colony in Saint-Domingue began in the 17th century as a pirate outpost. And its original French inhabitants made their living selling leather and a kind of smoked beef called boucan. All that beef actually came from cattle left behind…

  • Stare Decisis: Precedent vs the Constitution
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    Stare Decisis: Precedent vs the Constitution

    Precedent does not trump the constitution, even when the court says it does. Stare decisis is Latin for “to stand by things decided.” In short, it is the doctrine of precedent. According to the Supreme Court, stare decisis “promotes the evenhanded, predictable, and consistent development of legal principles, fosters reliance on judicial decisions, and contributes to the actual and perceived integrity of the judicial process.” In practice, it is the judicial policy of sometimes adhering to a prior decision even when it was wrong. As the majority put it in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood vs Casey, it is the practice of adhering to a prior decision “whether or…

  • Herman Cain Fails On Constitution
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    Herman Cain Fails On Constitution

    there’s also a heads are supported by qualified com her thinking you know he is feeling a lot of steam room within the conservative movement it’s a real candidate you know probably not but on the other hand look is not what the polls right and he’s a real social conservative there’s one thing i mean there kane cares about as the united states constitution he’s gonna let us know pay attention to the school to rewrite the constitution of the united states rewrite it we need to read profit half hippie right hope solution type of evidence habit i’ll go back to you that we feel we believe it…

  • Treating the Constitution Like Silly Putty
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    Treating the Constitution Like Silly Putty

    A lot of people treat the constitution like silly putty. If you’ve ever played with silly putty, you know you can stick it on newsprint and it will pick up a mirror image of the page. A lot of people think they can do the same thing with the constitution. They stick on to whatever political opinion they like and imagine the constitution just picks it up. Then they pull on the edges to create new and interesting forms that were never approved by the people who gave it legal force. This is pretty much what people are doing when they claim the constitution is living and breathing and was…

  • Libertarianism Explained: What Are Rights? – Learn Liberty
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    Libertarianism Explained: What Are Rights? – Learn Liberty

    What are natural rights? Well what are rights in the first place? Most generally, rights are moral concepts that establish the conditions within which we interact. When we say you can’t do that, we might mean that it’s literally impossible to do it, but we might also mean simply that to do it would be wrong. When we invoke rights, we’re insisting on a certain kind of interaction not because another kind is impossible but because another kind would be wrong. That’s why we can speak of violating someone’s rights. You can’t make a round square means it can’t be done. You can’t kill Fred means it would be wrong…

  • Top Supreme Court Cases in 2019-2020 [Part 2/2] | The Judicial Review
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    Top Supreme Court Cases in 2019-2020 [Part 2/2] | The Judicial Review

    Um… Where was I? Oh, yeah. Last time, we reviewed some past and upcoming cases on the rights of non-cis heteronormative people in the workplace, mental health in the legal system, the DREAMers, and racism in corporate media management. Because apparently that wasn’t enough, today we’ll cover more cases that the Supreme Court will rule on in the coming months, and how and why they are important in a time when the political winds are escalating into a seriously dangerous political Sharknado against a wide variety of social liberties. Are you ready kids? (Sorry… that.. that was bad Can we just -can we just move past that? I’d appreciate that…

  • What If the National Debt Were Your Debt?
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    What If the National Debt Were Your Debt?

    According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the federal government collected $2.2 trillion in 2011. That includes revenue from all sources: income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate taxes, excise taxes, estate taxes, tariffs, and all other sorts of taxes and fees. Also in 2011, the federal government spent $3.8 trillion and was $14.6 trillion in debt. These numbers are too large to comprehend. Let’s put the federal government in perspective. The average American household earns about $50,000 a year. Now imagine if the federal government were the size of an average household. In 2011, this household-sized government would have spent almost $88,000, or $38,000 more than it earned.…

  • What Problem Does the Constitution Solve?
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    What Problem Does the Constitution Solve?

    Larry P. Arnn: The government is the necessary solution to a problem, and that is us. Lord knows what we might do without laws. There’s a problem with government. That’s us too. First of all, the name means something cool. It means to set a thing up firmly in place. It’s actually like the word for statue. Just think of this particular problem. If you’re going to have more than one person make the law, you’re going to have to have a constitution to describe how that’s done, or else you’re going to have wars all the time about who gets to make the law. The problem with government, the…

  • “But nullification isn’t listed in the Constitution!”
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    “But nullification isn’t listed in the Constitution!”

    Nullification isn’t specifically listed in the Constitution. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Every once in awhile, someone tells us, “The Constitution doesn’t say anything about nullification. That means states simply can’t do it.” But they’ve got things totally backwards. It’s true that the federal government has limited powers and is only authorized to do the things delegated to it in the Constitution. As James Madison put it in Federalist #45, “the powers delegated by the proposed constitution to the federal government are few and defined.” If a power isn’t delegated, the federal government simply is not authorized to do it. On the other hand, states have reserved…

  • Episode 121: How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty? (with Sheldon Richman)
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    Episode 121: How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty? (with Sheldon Richman)

    Aaron Ross Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And our guest today is Sheldon Richman. He’s the keeper of the blog Free Association at SheldonRichman.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society and Contributing Editor at Antiwar.com. He’s also the author of three books – Separating School and State, Your Money or Your Life and Tethered Citizens and the forthcoming volume The Constitution Revisited. Today we’re going to be talking about a couple of posts that you had up at your Free Association blog on – one is called The Constitution Revisited.…