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Chris Calton

Chris Calton is a 2018 Mises Institute Research Fellow and an economic historian. He is writer and host of the Historical Controversies podcast.

See also his YouTube channel here.

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Ending the War on the Non-Drug Known as Hemp


The US government once destroyed an entire industry because an anti-drug bureaucrat was too ignorant to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana.

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The Battle of the Ironclads, Part 1: Building the Merrimack

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

The Confederates begin their strategy to combat the superior Union Navy by creating a new technologically superior warship.
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The Burnside Expedition

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Chris Calton details an often overlooked victory by the Union.
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The Anatomy of a Government Shutdown


Bureaucrats manipulate government shutdowns so that they are likely to produce the political outcomes the bureaucrats want. 

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1861 in Review

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

In this mini-episode, Chris Calton briefly reviews the important themes and takeaways from the first year of the Civil War.
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