On Independence Day weekend just a couple months ago, I was reading Tom Woods’ new book Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. As I was reading through the excellent book, I had a realization: if the subject matter was to have any impact on our current political landscape, it needs to get into the hands of the state legislators who can immediately do something about it.
Thus, the Utah Nullification Project was born.
Within just a few weeks, we were able to raise the $2,000 needed to buy a copy of the book for every state legislator here in Utah. The books have now been received. We’re currently drafting the letter that will be included with each book, to give the legislator a brief introduction to the concept of nullification, and why it’s important they read the book. Then, once the November elections are over, and we have a tally of who all was elected, we will begin the process of mailing out the books.
To do so, we need $300 more to cover the cost of shipping and handling. If you are in a position to donate to help defray this expense, please click the Chipin button below:
We’re very excited to get into the next phase of this project and start getting the books into the hands of each legislator. Here in Utah we’ve been able to use nullification a few times (though not in name), and with the current political climate, we’re hopeful that the trend will continue and increase.
A key to achieving this goal is to ensure that each legislator understands the history and proper use of the doctrine of nullification, so that they are better informed and equipped when a bill or topic comes to their attention that merits use of such resistance. Owning a copy of this book, whether for reading immediately or referencing later, will be an important step in promoting nullification in Utah.
Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute. He is the author of Latter-day Liberty: A Gospel Approach to Government and Politics and Latter-day Responsibility: Choosing Liberty Through Personal Accountability.
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