A Less Perfect Union: The Case For States' Rights

Hardcover | June 30, 2015

byAdam Freedman

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One of America’s leading conservative commentators on constitutional law provides an illuminating history of states’ rights, and the vital importance of reviving them today.

Liberals believe that the argument for “states’ rights” is a smokescreen for racist repression. But historically, the doctrine of states’ rights has been an honorable tradition—a necessary component of constitutional government and a protector of American freedoms. Our Constitution is largely devoted to restraining the federal government and protecting state sovereignty. Yet for decades, Adam Freedman contends, the federal government has usurped rights that belong to the states in a veritable coup.

In A Less Perfect Union, Freedman provides a detailed and lively history of the development and creation of states’ rights, from the constitutional convention through the Civil War and the New Deal to today. Surveying the latest developments in Congress and the state capitals, he finds a growing sympathy for states’ rights on both sides of the aisle. Freedman makes the case for a return to states’ rights as the only way to protect America, to serve as a check against the tyranny of federal overreach, take power out of the hands of the special interests and crony capitalists in Washington, and realize the Founders’ vision of libertarian freedom—a nation in which states are free to address the health, safety, and economic well-being of their citizens without federal coercion and crippling bureaucratic red tape.

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One of America’s leading conservative commentators on constitutional law provides an illuminating history of states’ rights, and the vital importance of reviving them today.Liberals believe that the argument for “states’ rights” is a smokescreen for racist repression. But historically, the doctrine of states’ rights has been an honorab...

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The Constitution's stated purpose is to create "a more perfect union." but what if our union has become too perfect? what if our national government has become too powerful? what if our states are losing the very rights and freedoms that made our country what it is?"States' rights" has become a dirty phrase in American politics. Over t...

Adam Freedman is one of America's leading commentators on law and holds degrees from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. He is also the author ofThe Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters. A former columnist for theNew York Law Journal, Freedman covers legal affairs for Ricochet.com. He lives in Br...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.17 inPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“A Less Perfect Union explains how Washington elites have effectively staged a coup against the sovereign states, usurping powers that were never intended for the central government. With a presidential election approaching, Americans must, as Freedman urges, rediscover the virtues of federalism and self-government. ”