Small government

“On all issues but one, antebellum southerners stood for state’s rights and a weak federal government. The exception was the fugitive slave law of 1850, which gave the national government more power than any other law yet passed by Congress.” — James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, p. 78

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  1. The point of government, after all, is to be a labor-saving device. Government should be weak enough not to interfere in the plans of the historically dominant group, but strong enough to exercise them against everyone else.

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