Nullification Reclaiming Consent of the Governed


  • paperback
  • 70 pages
  • By Clyde N. Wilson

For half a century historian Clyde Wilson has been writing about what he calls, “our lost and stolen heritage of state’ right.”  As Dr. Donald Livingston, founder of the Abbeville Institute, has remarked of current devolutionary strategies, Clyde Wilson had been plowing the ground long before any of us came to plant.

Excerpts from Nullification: Reclaiming the consent of the Governed:

“The cause of states’ rights is the cause of liberty; they rise or fall together….We know the problems. Where should we look for solutions?…. Thomas Jefferson gives us the answer: our most ancient and best traditions, states’ rights: ‘the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies’…. Some of the Founders hoped that the division of legislative, executive, and judicial power in the general government would help…. These checks and balances do not work.  They ceased to work a long time ago.  There is no serious conflict of power among the federal branches.  The acts of all of them are directed toward checking the people of the States…. States’ rights are historically sound, constitutionally sound, ethically sound, and sound from the point of view of democracy.  Where they fall short is simply in the realm of political will and agenda…. If we are to speak of curbing the central power, the States are wheat we have got.  They exist.  They are historical, political, cultural realities, the indestructible bottom line of the American system.  It would be a shame if, in this world historical time of devolution, Americans did not look back to an ancient and honorable tradition that lies readily at hand.”





  1. Jefferson and Nullification
  2. Nullification Reconsidered
  3. The Real Constitution
  4. The 10th Amendment
  5. The States Are What We Have
  6. The Consent of the Governed Revisited
  7. What the Founders Meant
  8. What the Founders Didn’t Count On
  9. The Revolution as Secession
  10. Devolution
  11. Q & A on Nullification and Interposition
  12. About the Author

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Weight .29 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in
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