With the Constitution in place and George Washington made president, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton was empowered to make the new government in his image. Unsurprisingly, a man who celebrated the corruption of the old European order was quick to install a regime inspired by mercantilists like Jean-Baptiste Colbert.
In this episode, Patrick and Tho pinpoint the special interest that benefitted most from the Hamiltonian era, and how its failings sowed the seeds for the Jeffersonian Revolution of 1800.
"The Founding Father of Crony Capitalism" by Thomas DiLorenzo — Mises.org/LP3_A
"Alexander Hamilton: Centralist and Nationalist" by Daren A. Wiseley — Mises.org/LP3_B
"Central Banking as an Engine of Corruption" by Thomas DiLorenzo — Mises.org/LP3_C
Cronyism: Liberty versus Power in Early America, 1607–1849 by Patrick Newman — Mises.org/LP_Crony
Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution—and What It Means for Americans Today by Thomas J. DiLorenzo — Mises.org/LP_Curse
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Tho is an assistant editor for the Mises Wire, 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.