Scott Horton Interviews Thomas E. Woods

Scott Horton, March 29, 2011

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Thomas E. Woods, author of Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, discusses the actual constitutional war-making powers of the president; why UN mandates do not override the sovereignty of national governments; the “imminent attack” exception to a congressional authorization of war (though somehow FDR found the time after Pearl Harbor to ask for and receive a formal declaration); why the US Constitution is better off in the junk yard than the repair shop; and the cynical American priorities responsible for shutting off the streetlights on Main Street before taking away a dime from the empire.

MP3 here. (19:53)

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

3 Responses to “Thomas E. Woods”

  1. People who talk about 'The Constitution' are pathetic. I'll tell you why. The Constitution is (allegedly) a contract between the people and the government – 'The People' never got a referendum on it but let's just accept that theory. Imagine you signed a marriage contract and took marriage vows, and then your spouse proceeded to sleep with all your friends, spend all your money and insult you in public. Then you spent your time running around saying 'honey, we just need to get back to the original agreement.' What would you be? The most pathetic loser in the world, which is what Constitutionalists are. A contract is broken and dead when one party willfully ignores and violates it. The only question is, what is the second party going to do about it? There's one response that is more asinine than all others – attempt to renew the contract, with the same party that has been willfully violating it.

    The Constitution is a dead relic of the ancient past. The question is, what kind of government do *you* (not a bunch of aristocrats from the 18th Century) want, and how do *you* propose we get there?

  2. If anyone is curious how society would work without the state, I strongly suggest "For A New Liberty" by Murray Rothbard. Also the Ludwig von Mises Institute @ Mises.org and lewrockwell.com

  3. The Constitution is comatose and on life support. No branch of the U.S. Government adheres to it, or gives much of a damn for it. The U.S. Government is broken. We're definitely on the road to ruin.

    At the absolute minimum, this country needs a new constitutional convention. Of course, if the American sheeple ever come out of their torpor, there's nullification, there's secession. . . .

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