History

Friday, March 15th, 2019

The ideology of hate that spilled so much blood in New Zealand is best avenged through a new dedication to a social philosophy of love, cooperation, and freedom for all.

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Every idealist hopes that humankind can learn from history. There is plenty of evidence that we do not.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The death of Lagerfeld does not mean the certain and forever death of elegance. His death might shock us all into a new sensibility that helps us all see what he saw: if we want the world to be beautiful, we have to make it so.

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Sorry, but it is historical fact that the German National Socialists was a nationalist party.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Want to become a champion of liberty? Eschew historicism. Be suspicious of grand millenarian eschatologies. Learn to love the little things in life. Celebrate every individual’s right to choose how they live their lives. Smile when you think of every box of chocolate given and received this February 14th.

Monday, December 31st, 2018

The road not taken by Cuba, that of not having the revolution, is one on which the country would have been healthier and richer than it is now. This denial of human flourishing makes Cuba just like any other Communist regime, and thus the regime deserves only scorn.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

The atmosphere at AIER makes for a welcome contrast with the civic culture of division and anger that dominates politics and mainstream news. We are focused on the long term, and on truth and integrity as the desiderata of intellectual value.

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Neoliberalism is one of academia's trendiest boogiemen. Do historians have the wrong origin story?

Friday, December 7th, 2018

The financial part of the Marshall plan was not the decisive factor in the West European recovery. What mattered was economic liberalization, relative monetary and fiscal stability, and the promotion of economic integration.

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

In a new NBER working paper, Cory Cutsail and Farley Grubb offer a novel data set on North Carolina’s paper-money regime (1712-1774).

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

What is needed is a much smaller government so that free individuals can be freer to make more of their own decisions in guiding their own lives rather than a big government with an “imperial” president arrogantly attempting to command and control them.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

In post-war Germany, Ludwig Erhard made the restoration of free trade a top priority. Above all, this meant getting rid of tariff walls.

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

What theatergoers don’t entirely realize is that they are watching something even more wonderful than what they see. In this one ballet, we gain a picture of a prosperous world that emerged in the late nineteenth century, was shortly shattered by war and revolution, and then was nearly killed off by the political and ideological experimentation of the twentieth century.
 

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

There is a solution to the rise of nationalism. That solution is self-determination. It would have worked after the First World War, had it been tried, and it will work today. 

Monday, November 12th, 2018

The Hudson train station is especially charming. Indoors features lots of woodwork with a ticket window with iron bars and an old sign above it that says: TICKETS. There are benches around the periphery. You expect to meet an old guy there who is complaining about the policies of President Harding.

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

At the end of the Second World War, the United States assumed the helm of global leadership at the international monetary conference at Bretton Woods in the New Hampshire in 1944. The purpose of this conference was to determine the principles of the postwar currency regime.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Vlad the Impaler and his literary incarnation — Count Dracula — have real historical roots in a dark period of economic nationalism.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Voting may be many things, but the least of them is self-expression. Conceding the sufficiency of multi-billion dollar political contests among highly vetted, meticulously-coached candidates is a guaranteed road to self-negation.

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Light, as we know it today, is a commodity. That would not have been possible without the institutional prerequisites — freedom to create, own, and exchange — that built the modernity we too often take for granted.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

"Without entirely knowing what we were doing, that in the course of a few decades, we replaced a view of the human project that was inspired by choice, personal ambition, and individual achievement with a completely different view that insists that aspiration is utterly pointless and probably even dangerous." ~ Jeffrey Tucker 

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