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Jeff Riggenbach

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Jeff Riggenbach is a journalist, author, editor, broadcaster, and educator. A member of the Organization of American Historians and a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, he has written for such newspapers as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle; such magazines as Reason, Inquiry, and Liberty; and such websites as,, and His books include In Praise of Decadence (1998), Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism (2009), and Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor & the Rebirth of American Individualism (2014). Drawing on vocal skills he honed in classical and all-news radio in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, Riggenbach has also narrated the audiobook versions of numerous libertarian works, many of them available on

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Why American History Is Not What They Say

BooksOctober 24, 2012
Jeff Riggenbach's book is a crash course in revisionist history of the United States. What is revisionism? It is the retelling of history from a point of view that differs from the mainstream, which always treats the victor — the state — as glorious and the conquered —...

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Gore Vidal and Revisionism

Mises DailyAugust 3, 2012
Gore Vidal's "American Chronicle" series proved that there was, in fact, a substantial market for skepticism about the glorious American past...

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The Education of Robert Neuwirth

Mises DailyNovember 28, 2011
Robert Neuwirth is a journalist who is preoccupied with this question: What do people do when the state has made satisfaction of their wants, their natural desire to improve their lives, almost impossible? He'll give you much to think about, and he'll provide much contemporary evidence while he's...

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Robert Bidinotto and the Objectivist Subculture

Mises DailyAugust 19, 2011
Rand's heroes weren't generals or people in law enforcement; they were engineers, inventors, designers — people focused on what they could do with their lives...

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Robert Anton Wilson

Mises DailyAugust 15, 2011
The biggest success of his freelance career was a three-volume satirical novel.

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