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Wednesday, July 02, 2008
WS Radio: Tom Palmer podcast
This past Monday, "Political Animals" (that's me, Terrence, and Jay), had an opportunity to interview Tom Palmer, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He was intimately involved in the D.C. v. Heller Supreme Court decision, and answered our questions about what the ruling means and whether it was good news or great news.
Our conversation also dealt with a controversy on this blog between Terrence and Stephan Kinsella of LewRockwell.com. Kinsella is not convinced that the D.C. v. Heller decision is a good one. He's more inclined to think that it violated the jurisdiction that the states ought to have in cases like this, and presented us with yet another example of the Supreme Court issuing edicts from on high to citizens in the District of Columbia who ought to have the right to determine for themselves what laws they live under. Terrence thinks that the right position for libertarians (which he and Kinsella and Tom Palmer are) to take is that no jurisdiction ought to have the right to infringe on liberty, and that it's good for the Supreme Court to smash local restrictions and regulations that violate those liberties. Tom Palmer expressed the same position, and--stirring the pot--called Kinsella's argument a "crackpot" argument. You be the judge.
And there was plenty more. Gerry Nicholls, who comes on our program every week to tell us about Canada, plugged the Liberty Summer Seminar, and hammered Dion's "Green Shift" tax-everything plan. We discussed the fact that it was my birthday (navel-gazing at its finest). And more importantly (but not for me), we spent most of our two hours discussing several important Supreme Court decisions that came down over the last week both in Canada and the U.S.: Habeas corpus rights for Gitmo detainees, individual gun rights, expansion of freedom of expression by expanding what counts as "fair comment," and so on.
Take a listen to the podcast. You can send us an email at politicalanimals-at-wbgufm-dot-com (or drop a comment here). We regularly read listener comments and emails on our program.
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Twisting logic is all I can say. The American Constitution and Bill of Rights are there to provide equal rights, freedom and protection to all Americans regardless of the area in which they live.
Posted by: Alain | 2008-07-02 12:21:40 PM
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