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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

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

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

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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Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb

Big GovernmentU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

08/08/2022Mises Daily Articles
The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime worse than any that Japanese generals were executed for in Tokyo and Manila. If Harry Truman was not a war criminal, then no one ever was.
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Capitalism, Socialism, and Alienated Man


08/04/2022Speeches and Presentations
Professor Raico suggests that not only would the problem of alienation not be solved by socialism, but the substitution of socialism for a regime of private property in the means of production would shake the foundation of all the humanist values, which are linked to political and cultural freedom.
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John T. Flynn and the Myth of FDR

BiographiesThe FedU.S. History

07/19/2022Mises Daily Articles
Roosevelt needed the war and wanted the war, and the war came.
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Mises the Revolutionary

Big GovernmentWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

04/05/2022Mises Daily Articles
Decade after decade, he fought militarism, protectionism, inflationism, every variety of socialism, and every policy of the interventionist state, writes Ralph Raico.
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The Classical Liberal Theory of Empire

Big GovernmentAustrian Economics OverviewPolitical Theory

11/26/2021Mises Media
In this 33-minute presentation, Ralph Raico examines the history and ideology of imperialism—and why the state loves war and empire so much.
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