It’s that time of the week again! Unbiased America is back for another wild and wonderful show. Tune in for the world’s greatest liberty discussion!

This week’s guest is Adam Freedman author of “The Naked Constitution” and his most recent work “A Less Perfect Union: The Case For States’ Rights.” Adam Freedman writes for and City Journal, and from time to time at the Wall Street Journal, New York Times among others. Adam Freedman earned his law degree at The University of Chicago and studied jurisprudence at Oxford University.

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  • Would it be worthwhile advocating for a voluntary state? Now this might seem a contradiction in terms, but consider this: 1) This state would collect voluntary taxation 2) Candidates would be elected by voters to spend the voluntary taxes on ‘public services’ such as welfare, public housing etc., all the goodies progressives want. 3) This state would not have the power to use force in its interactions with citizens Advocating such a system would show that these things can be paid for voluntary, and expose the gun in the room of our current system. Just a thought. Has such an idea ever been proposed? Would it be worthwhile?

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  • What is the origination of property rights? Where do they come from that you can reason their existence as natural? We usually argue for property rights at some point in our discussions as libertarians, but I’m curious as to where we can claim they’re from. Personally, I derive mine from God and my religious beliefs, similar to what Jefferson stated about God given rights. But what about someone who doesn’t believe in a deity? How can they derive property rights in a way that can’t be dismissed as ideals, but derived in nature? This is also (and arguably more so) important for arguing these natural rights to people who won’t accept a divine aspect. It’s important to have property rights, and they’re evidently beneficial, but the argument remains for declaring these as rights, otherwise the NAP is in jeopardy. How do we have a right to property?

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  • I look to Our history in the US. I feel that the rights were inborn unto themselves. They are are organic. I dont see it practical nor applicable that a Law creates a Right. At the very least a Law could create a “Privilege.”  But in a society of Libertarian tolerance, there would ideally be few of them. From this logic, one could say that life is a privilege, and we must act accordingly, this obviously conflicts with the slogan, “A right to life.” (Which reminds me, someone who is put to death, do they have the right to life or is life considered a privilege in a death penalty case?) No need to answer this, just thinking out loud. This came from Conservatives ALWAYS ANNOYINGLY SAYING: “We are a nation of laws,” “The Rule of Law.” ect ect ect. This country exists because of Laws. “We have to follow the law because its the Law” Is it possible that Mao Se Teng (sp?) Hitler or Stalin, justified it the same way?

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  • People of the early colonies were “subjects” until the Declaration of Independence and the revolutionary war.  The claim is at that time “the people” through off the rule of the king and became sovereign.  After forming a Confereration, there is something missing in the explanation of how states got “created” and then without any mention of a delegation of the authority for the creation of more states (corporations) the United States (the corporation) just appears out of thin air.  I am hoping that some of you who have little use for “states” or “statism” can help clear this up

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