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Albert Jay Nock, Radical

BiographiesU.S. History

Blog08/10/2020

Nock despised plutocratic conservatism, and rightly saw Herbert Hoover as the embodiment of this point of view. Above all, Albert Jay Nock hated militarism and intervention in foreign wars.

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Throwing Printed Money at This Problem Won't Make It Go Away

Booms and BustsFinancial MarketsU.S. History

Blog08/10/2020

The crisis we faced in 2008 has not gone away, as we failed to heed its warning to change course and reduce debt levels. Instead, it has become bigger and more dangerous.

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Howard Buffett on Conscription and American Militarism

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

"If [the draft bill] is passed, the House will be shoving down the throats of the American people the despotic concept of 'Theirs not to reason why; Theirs but to do and die.'"

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American Police Forces Were Created to Fight Rioters. But Police Probably Made Things Worse.

The Police StateU.S. History

Blog07/29/2020

Contrary to the popular narrative that government police establish law and order, there is good reason to believe that the advent of militarized police in the 1800s led to an escalation of riots and political corruption while offering little law or order.

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Nock and Mencken on Democracy and Equality

U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog07/28/2020

The egalitarian society is pledged to common cultural values resulting in a rigorous homogeneity. Thus, a man who stands in contempt of the prevailing ideology has no rights under the law.

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Howard Buffett: Anticommunist and Anti-interventionist

SocialismU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Blog07/27/2020

Howard Buffet was one of Congress's most consistent and trenchant critics of American policy during the 1940s and 1950s. He opposed communism without surrendering to the calls for global war in Korea and worldwide.

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Demolishing the Lincoln Myth, Yet Again

Book ReviewsDecentralization and SecessionU.S. History

Blog07/18/2020

DiLorenzo demolishes the mythological view that Lincoln's primary motive for opposing secession in 1861 was his distaste for slavery. 

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Other Reasons to Remove Wilson’s Name at Princeton

Taxes and SpendingU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Blog07/11/2020

There are at least four good reasons for removing Wilson’s name from Princeton buildings—racial bigotry, his embroiling the US in World War I, his founding of the Fed, and his enactment of the US income tax.

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You Don't Have to "Cultivate Poverty" to Pursue Truth, Contrary to Thoreau

CapitalismMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog07/11/2020

Henry David Thoreau left behind many great admonitions. Alas, philosophical gems are not legal tender when rent is due.

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How the Left Exploits Antiracism to Attack Capitalism

U.S. History

Blog07/07/2020

The forces of anticapitalism have long latched on to whatever best suits them for pushing their agenda. Whatever the latest injustice may be—from a polluted environment to poverty to racism—the solution is always the end of capitalism.

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