Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Robert Wenzel Show: Will Judge Napolitano Run for President in 2016?

This Week's Guest is Judge Andrew Napolitano:
Judge Andrew Napolitano

Judge Napolitano talks to Robert Wenzel about his new book, Theodore and Woodrow. Find out how these presidents were instrumental in causing Americans to lose many of their freedoms. In addition, the Judge tells Wenzel if he will run for president in 2016. He also discusses why the potential for civil unrest and a totalitarian state are very real possibilities.

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  1. Here's an idea: Be your own leader

    Give up the misguided belief in an "external authority". Only when people begin to look inward instead of outward for solutions will there be real change. Stop looking for a savior. Take responsibility for your actions. Respect the property rights of others. Seek to rule no one but yourself.

  2. Always love what the Judge has to say but just to point out the totalitarian state is already here.

  3. Two thoughts:

    First, regarding private property: there is no reason to have “government” (as the term is understood today), unless the only purpose of that government is to protect private property. In this regard, it is telling that the only mention of private property in the Constitution has nothing to do with the protection of property but instead with the taking of property – this in the 5th amendment:

    “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

    As the only form of “just compensation” for private property is one where the holder of property willingly accepts the price, this language would be unnecessary in a Constitution that protects private property – alas, the US Constitution makes no such protection claim. Hence, I conclude that the document was inherently not conducive for proper government from the beginning.

    Second, as to the idea of a non-changing law based on the non-aggression principle: while not based on NAP, I suggest looking into Germanic, mediaeval law. The best source I have seen for this is a book by Fritz Kern, entitled “Kingship and Law.”

    “For us law needs only one attribute in order to give it validity; it must, directly or indirectly, be sanctioned by the State. But in the Middle Ages, different attributes altogether were essential; mediaeval law must be “old” law and must be “good” law….If law were not old and good law, it was not law at all, even though it were formally enacted by the State.”

    Additionally, any individual (lord) could veto the king – the king had only the authority to defend this “old” and “good” law, and the lords had equal authority to oppose the king if the king overstepped his duty.

    The book makes clear that a written constitution actually gives the government MORE leeway and subjective power, not less – absent a constitution, the king lives an unsure life, not the people.

    For any who have an interest, I have written in some detail regard this book:

    For those who do not, skip the link.

  4. Very excited to hear your speech at the Mises Institute!

  5. If The Judge decides to run in 2016 I will vote for the first time in a presidential election. He's Ron Paul's intellectual heir and Rand would do well to cultivate a relationship with him.