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Jefferson vs Lincoln: A False Choice

rights

Josh Eboch at the Tenth Amendment Center writes that Americans must choose between Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.  Yet that choice has already been made.  The American Experiment has given us the greater of the two evils presented for selection.

However, this was and still is a false choice.  America has gone down the path of violence because with the very first step they compromised the principle of individual sovereignty and self ownership.

It is too narrow to view American history as a conflict between the idea of federalism advocated by Jefferson and Lincoln’s nationalism.   This is merely one aspect of a greater conflict described by Murray Rothbard as the struggle between liberty and power.

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Political Corruption

economics

When a peace officer takes a bribe to ignore an illegal act he is engaging in political corruption. This is merely a technical term to describe the selling of political favors. If the crime was malum in se, such as theft, he is behaving immorally. However, if the illegal act in question was merely malum prohibitum, such as smoking marijuana, then the officer is performing a positive market function. This sort of good corruption allows markets to get around oppressive state regulations that would otherwise prevent people from exercising their right to life, liberty and property.

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