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The 14th Amendment: A History

 

 

The Fourteenth Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1868 to empower the federal government -- including particularly federal courts -- to stamp out a culture of lawless tyranny and oppression in the South by enforcing basic civil rights of newly freed blacks and their white supporters. This culture of oppression took many forms, including widespread censorship, the systematic disarmament of freedmen and white unionists, and the wholesale denial of economic liberty. At the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment was the Privileges or Immunities Clause, which the Supreme Court effectively deleted from the Constitution in the 1873 Slaughterhouse Cases. Today, that judicial error continues to take its toll on important freedoms like private property and the right to earn an honest living, which receive virtually no protection from courts despite their obvious importance to ensuring the economic autonomy of the freedmen following the Civil War and all Americans today.

 

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   Teaching is Not a Crime: Challenging Virginia's Unconstitutional Regulation of Yoga Teacher Training (3:05)
Anyone in Virginia can do yoga, and anyone can teach yoga. But, incredibly, it is illegal to teach people to teach yoga. Yoga-teacher training is just the latest target of vocational school licensing laws that require countless entrepreneurs to ask the go
   Saving Lives: Challenging the Ban on Compensating Bone Marrow Donors (2:49)
   Free to Design: Florida Entrepreneurs Take On the Interior Design Cartel (3:27)
A small group of well-funded industry insiders led by the American Society of Interior Designers has been relentless in its pursuit of ever more restrictive laws. Studies have shown that interior design regulations result in higher prices, less variety, a
   San Tan Flat & The Fight Against Arbitrary Government Power (3:07)
   The Campaign Finance Bait & Switch: Fair Elections Now Act (1:12)
They're at it again. The same special interests who for decades have called for government-funded political campaigns?what amounts to welfare for politicians?are again pushing something called the Fair Elections Now Act . . . a proposal that would create
   Andrea Weck & School Choice (3:51)
   Karen Sampson & Free Speech (3:57)
   Lori Ann Vendetti & Property Rights (4:29)
   The Story of Susette Kelo (11:00)
   The Story of Randy Bailey (9:10)

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