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Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution

with Greg Weiner
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on November 15, 2019 at 07:48:27 am

If you want to fund the police and prison system, most people have to be living outside of prison, holding jobs, and paying taxes. That means any actions that are done by a sizable portion of the population (commonly done or in common use) can't be illegal, or they'll be in jail not paying taxes and the state will go bankrupt. And just to enforce the law most people outside of prison would have to be cops rather than civilians--in which case you'd have a police state rather a open, pluralist society of equals--and the pension system would quickly cause bankruptcy.

Now of course you could just kill tens of millions of people like in Russia or China until the minority that engages in the actions-you-want-to-outlaw have been exterminated. But assuming that genocide is not your modus operandi, you have to legalize anything that would prevent the prisons from filling up and the state going bankrupt.

That's why in Heller, Justice Scalia said the second amendment protects those self-defense tools "in common use at the time". This is axiomatic, since even without the second amendment, it would have to be this way since whatever's commonly done or in common use must be legal or the majority of people will be in prison rather than at work paying taxes--and to catch most of the people who break the law, you'd have to have the majority of non-imprisoned people employed as police, or judges, or full-time jury.

Now of course you could just not enforce the laws, but then the law will not garner obeidence and people will stop obeying the other laws-you-actually-really-wish-they'd-obey, cause one of those other laws might also might not be being enforced right now.

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Balanced Budget
on January 13, 2020 at 06:02:03 am

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on January 13, 2020 at 17:12:32 pm

This video can help the interviewer stop his distracting use of vocal fry: https://youtu.be/Y25rSDKVZwE

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