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America's Radical Revolution and the Constitutional Coup

Liberty vs. Power Podcast

Tags U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

12/29/2021Tho BishopPatrick Newman

How did a handful of colonies created by the European Old Order establish a unique nation conceived in liberty? In Episode 2 of the Liberty vs. Power Podcast, Patrick Newman and Tho Bishop discuss the lasting tension between the Spirit of 1776 and the Constitution of 1787. The results of America's successful war for independence is one of the most important victories for the cause of liberty, but the forces of power adapted to new opportunities.

Patrick and Tho also discuss the career of the infamous Robert Morris, and follow the rise of two men who are determined to mold America into the European nationalist tradition: Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.


"America's Libertarian Revolution" by Murray Rothbard —

"Bacon's Rebellion" by Murray Rothbard —

"How the Constitutional Convention Vastly Expanded the Powers of the President" by Murray Rothbard —

"The Founding Fathers' Coup d'État" by Albert Jay Nock —

"Economic Determinism, Ideology, and the American Revolution" by Murray Rothbard —

"Liberty and Property: the Levellers and Locke" by Murray Rothbard —


Cronyism: Liberty versus Power in Early America, 1607–1849 by Patrick Newman —

Conceived in Liberty, Volumes I-IV by Murray Rothbard —

Conceived in Liberty, Volume V by Murray Rothbard, Edited by Patrick Newman —



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Contact Tho Bishop

Tho is an Communications Director for the Mises Institute, and can assist with questions from the press. Prior to working for the Mises Institute, he served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Financial Services Committee. His articles have been featured in The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and Business Insider.

Contact Patrick Newman

Patrick is Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Southern College. He completed his PhD in the Department of Economics at George Mason University. He is a 2018 Mises Institute Research Fellow.