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For Immediate Release: Nov. 19, 2012

A book written by Mike Maharrey and released by the Tenth Amendment Center today thoroughly explores the moderate middle road back to liberty Thomas Jefferson and James Madison mapped out for us back in 1798 – nullification.

The recent popularity of secession petitions reveals the depth of frustration many Americans feel. Underlying the raw post-election emotion runs a deeper river of concern. More than $16 trillion in debt, the prospect of never-ending war, civil liberty violations and the increasingly long and heavy-handed reach of federal regulations have pushed many past the point of fed up.

But most recognize the secession petitions won’t lead to any action or measurable change.

“Asking the White House to let you do something is dumb. And of course, the establishment loves reporting on and making a big deal out of something that will have zero effect. Let’s be honest: no state is prepared to secede,” Maharrey said. “Sure, it’s fun witnessing how many people can’t stand this out of control government, but how about channeling that energy into something effective?”

Simply defined, nullification is any act, or set of actions, that results in a particular law being rendered null, void or even just unenforceable within the borders of a state. Nullification has always represented the moderate middle road between unlimited submission and outright rebellion.

In Our Last Hope – Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty, Maharrey explores the historical, philosophical and moral case for nullification, places it in a 21st century context and shows why it truly does represent the last hope for liberty in America.

“Americans shouldn’t just submit to unconstitutional federal power grabs. But neither is it time to sever ties from each other. We should first walk that moderate middle road between unlimited submission and outright rebellion – the lost path to liberty,” Maharrey said.

For media and select bloggers, a PDF review version of the book is available for immediate review upon request.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Just Say, “No!” -What is nullification? Examining its origins and history.

Chapter Two: Who’s the boss? – The delegation and flow of powers from the people to governments.

Chapter Three: Rules were made to be followed – The importance of the rule of law.

Chapter Four: It means what it means – Understanding and interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

Chapter Five: Who decides? – Who has the power to determine the constitutionality of an act?

Chapter Six: Nullification: Not just for racists any more. Never was – Nullification and civil rights

Chapter Seven: Bigger is badder – The danger of the centralized state

Chapter Eight: Do work – Practical applications.


The Tenth Amendment Center exists to promote and advance a return to a proper balance of power between federal and State governments envisioned by our founders, prescribed by the Constitution and explicitly declared in the Tenth Amendment. A national think tank based in Los Angeles, the Tenth Amendment Center works to preserve and protect the principle of strictly limited government through information, education, and activism.

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