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Rothbard: The Constitution Was a Coup d'État

Book ReviewsU.S. History

Blog02/13/2020

Rothbard took the American Revolution to be mainly libertarian in its inspiration, but he contends that the libertarian impulses of the Revolution were betrayed by a centralizing coup d’état. If Rothbard is right, the Constitution as written provides ample scope for tyranny.

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And Rightly So: The Wisdom of Neil McCaffrey

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Lew Rockwell reviews a newly released collection of Neil McCaffrey's letters and other writings, which reveal his relationships with members of the early libertarian movement such as Murray Rothbard.

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The Age of Entitlement: The Legacy of Anti-Discrimination Laws

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Blog01/30/2020

The task that civil rights laws were meant to carry out—the top-down management of various ethnic, regional, and social groups—had always been the main task of empires. The US now imposes this both domestically and globally.

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An Austrian Frame of Mind

Book ReviewsHistory of the Austrian School of Economics

Blog01/15/2020

The Marginal Revolutionaries: How Austrian Economists Fought the War of Ideas is a lively history of the astonishing influence prewar Viennese intellectuals had on the greater world, and continue to have in areas far beyond economics.

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The Problem with Democracy? Letting Everyone Do It

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Blog12/26/2019

We don’t let just anyone repair our homes or perform surgery. So why do we let everyone vote, and, theoretically, let just anyone rule? Jason Brennan’s recommendation is epistocracy: the rule of the knowledgeable.

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Hazlitt's Critique of Keynes: The 60th Anniversary

Book ReviewsInterventionismOther Schools of Thought

Blog12/20/2019

Hazlitt and all of the other critics of Keynes never did get to the primary points with respect to what was wrong with Keynes. One point was theoretical. The other was practical.

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The Silicon Valley Gulag

Big GovernmentBook ReviewsU.S. History

Blog12/12/2019

In his new book Google Archipelago, Rectenwald asserts the Google Archipelago re-upping of Marx is not only practically Marxist, but conceptually and structurally so.

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Ludwig von Mises’s Human Action: Marking 70 Years of Continuing Relevance

Book ReviewsHistory of the Austrian School of Economics

Blog09/04/2019

The social, political, and economic conditions of our world today give Ludwig von Mises’s treatise a refreshing relevance matched by few other works written over the last century.

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A Bookmaker With the Mind of Mencken

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Blog07/19/2019

After quoting H.L. Mencken’s famous quip, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people,” Andrews wonders, “I don’t know if old H.L. was a bookmaker, but he would have been a great one if he had been.”

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America's Delusion of Liberal Hegemony

Book ReviewsWar and Foreign Policy

Blog07/04/2019

Attempts to impose liberal values on the world, to force people to be free, are doomed to failure and will enhance the chances of war. This is largely because nationalism is for most people a far more potent force than liberalism, whether classical or modern.

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