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Ralph Raico

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Ralph Raico (1936–2016) was professor emeritus in European history at Buffalo State College and a senior fellow of the Mises Institute. He was a specialist on the history of liberty, the liberal tradition in Europe, and the relationship between war and the rise of the state. He is the author of The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton.

A bibliography of Ralph Raico's work, compiled by Tyler Kubik, is found here.

Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

12/08/2010Books
Ralph Raico — the great historian of classical liberalism — strips away the veneer of exalted leaders and beloved wars.
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The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton

BiographiesWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

09/15/1970Books
Were the liberals of the 18th and 19th century truly foreshadowing the hippies of the 1960s, and thereby in need of the correcting force of conservatism to add piety and an appreciation of tradition to their love of freedom?
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Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School

World HistoryHistory of the Austrian School of EconomicsPolitical Theory

02/15/2012Books
Here is the book to learn classical liberalism from the ground up, written by the foremost historian in the Austrian tradition — Ralph Raico.
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Marxist Dreams and Soviet Realities

World HistoryOther Schools of Thought

02/20/2020Mises Daily Articles
The Nazi concentration camps were modified versions of Soviet originals. It's true the Soviet Union is not history's only killer state, but it is the original model on which others are based.
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The Conquest of the US by Spain

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyOther Schools of Thought

02/15/2020Mises Daily Articles
The year 1898 was a landmark in American history. It was the year America went to war with Spain—our first engagement with a foreign enemy in the dawning age of modern warfare. Aside from a few scant periods of retrenchment, we have been embroiled in foreign politics ever since.
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Liberalism and Peace

War and Foreign PolicyAustrian Economics OverviewPolitical Theory

01/15/2020Audio/Video
From Jefferson to Madison, and on to Bastiat, Molinari, and Spencer, the "classical" liberals routinely denounced war as the enemy of freedom, prudence, and natural rights.
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FDR and the Collectivist Wave

World HistoryOther Schools of Thought

11/08/2019Mises Daily Articles
In the 20th century, the US regime started refusing to recognize other regimes that failed to pass a morality test. But what was "moral" was never clear since FDR enthusiastically supported the blood-soaked Soviet regime under Stalin.
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Trotsky: The Ignorance and the Evil

BiographiesWorld HistoryOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

11/02/2019Mises Daily Articles
"It may well be, that is, that the Bolsheviks had never had the slightest idea of what their aims would mean concretely for the economic life of Russia, how those aims would of necessity have to be implemented, or what the consequences would be."
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