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Ep. 121 The Tenth Amendment Center’s Michael Boldin on Hanging Out with 2 Live Crew and Sticking it to the NSA

Libertarians know Michael Boldin as the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, but he started out as a leftist promoting clubs in LA and other major cities. In this fun conversation, Michael explains his origins and how he ended up advising state governments on how to kick the NSA out of their backyard.

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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. Geoff on 06/01/2020 at 1:39 AM

    This was a really good interview, although I was wanting even more. It would have been interesting to talk more about the lockdowns in context with the 10th Amendment. We have lost much liberty from governors and mayors in this instance. And while the federal government has caused a lot of damage, the federal government took a somewhat federalist stance in terms of not shutting things down. Of course, it would have been much worse if the federal government had ignored the 10th Amendment completely and imposed lockdowns nationwide.

    Also, I think Michael mentioned Kelo, which was the Supreme Court decision regarding eminent domain. This has always been a contentious issue for libertarians. Should this case have even been in front of the Supreme Court? I remember a case where the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a gun law or gun laws in Chicago. Some libertarians were cheering, while others were pointing out that the federal government shouldn’t be interfering with a city’s laws. It would be interesting to hear Michael’s take on these types of situations.

    Thanks for the podcast.

  2. Tel on 06/05/2020 at 2:46 PM

    I’ve been thinking about starting the “Tenth Commandment Center”, but only because I wanted something that sounds a bit similar to what Michael Boldin is doing … and I kind of envy his lifestyle.

    I’m not particularly religious, but I am coming to the conclusion that the Tenth Commandment might be the thing that separates Christianity from other religions. Don’t laugh, there’s a realistic chance of me getting some traffic out of mistyped search results here. Also, if you think about it, the Tenth Amendment is somewhat unique to the US Constitution, and the concept of a hard limit on the scope of government is fundamental to the whole liberty project (from a John Locke social contract perspective).

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