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Madison Funds to Restore the Constitution
This was a very interesting presentation at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival hosted by the Aspen Institute.  It is worth watching, but be forewarned that it is about 1 hour long.

The presenter is Charles Murray, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  He argues that the Constitution is broken because it has become overwhelmed with government bureaucracy/regulation at all levels that cannot be reversed or scaled back through political action.  The “magical” combination of judges or elected officials who will lead us back to a Constitutional government simply will not happen because there are just too many regulations and bureaucrats who make pointless laws.

He argues that the solution is massive civil disobedience that is bolstered by “Madison funds” that act as a kind of insurance against government action and fund lawsuits/defenses against government actions brought against citizens.  At the core of government’s regulatory power is that it is financially impossible for citizens to challenge pointless regulations and laws in court.  The Madison fund would be insurance policies for citizens and treats government as an insurable risk, like a car wreck, a tornado, or health care and are intended to put citizens on equal footing with government bureaucrats who might prosecute them for violating laws/regulations that are unconstitutional, illegal or nonsensical.

It seems to me that gun issues are tailor-made for this idea.  For example, if your dues to the NRA or the RMGOs included insurance against violations of gun laws, if you were arrested for, say, owning a magazine with more than a 15 round capacity, or being arbitrarily denied a CHP by a sheriff that exercised his discretionary authority to deny the permit, or you were arrested for bringing a firearm onto the Post Office parking lot, the insurer (the NRA) would defend you, just like your auto insurance company defends you in the event you are in an accident.  This seems preferable to the current state of affairs where we wait for some non-profit, public interest organization (like the NRA) to sue. 

There are obviously lots of details that would have to be worked out, but this idea seems more productive than rebellion or hoping that the next elected official will be different.

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