Less is More-The Great Awakening of Anti-Federalist Liberalism

In an op-ed for today’s New York Times, Kirk Johnson describes the modern political push away from centralized government.  For the first time in a long time, lawmakers, both liberal and conservative, are actually discussing the substantive import of constitutional provisions such as article one and the ninth and tenth amendments which limit the authority of the federal government and require that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  Rather than a retreat from change and progress, the new movement actually signifies an effort to make government more effective.  By divesting the federal government of its grip over social programs–such as education, healthcare, and social security–and returning power and authority to the states waste and corruption will be greatly reduced, and benefits will become more readily accessible as states compete one against another for citizenry.  Sometimes, less really is more.


2 Responses to “Less is More-The Great Awakening of Anti-Federalist Liberalism”
  1. Greg says:

    You would actually rather see weed legalized and gay marriage to be legal at the expense of our national economy and the essential services that it provides to us.

    • rj caster says:

      I am not really sure if it is fair to come to this deduction after reading Austin’s piece. He is merely stating his goal of bringing to the fore-front of today’s arguments, the wisdom of the 10th Amendment. It is well known by both sides that the government closest to the people, will best be able to govern those people (while being held accountable by those people). The Federalsts and Anti-Federalists (to varying degress) agreed with this notion of republican government; the Catholic Church even agrees with this (subsidiarity); and hell, even Tip O’Neil said “all politics is local”.

      While Austin and I may part ways on what is left to the Federal government and what should be stressed by the states, when it comes to these entitlement programs and education, every power grab by the federal government has proven time and time again to hurt rather than help (education since the 1960’s, Medicare since the 1960’s, Social Security since the 1930s, et cetera).