Economic History

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The Secret History of the Monopolization of Welfare by the State

– September 9, 2019

Many intellectuals called for an end to private charity and its replacement with a full government system, not due to the paucity of private benevolence, but rather due to what they considered its excessive generosity. 

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Economic History

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Slavery Did Not Make America Richer

– August 21, 2019

A close and careful look at the empirical record reveals that one cannot infer that America was made richer from slavery. It is even clear that America was made poorer by slavery.

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Economic History

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How Capitalist-Abolitionists Fought Slavery

– August 19, 2019

A capitalist benefactor of the American abolitionist movement used his business to wage war against slavery. He ended up revolutionizing the American financial industry in the process.

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Economic History, Free Banking

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Rothbard’s First Impressions on Free Banking in Scotland Were Correct

– August 18, 2019

Nothing in Rothbard’s later view manages to cast doubt on his earlier view and White’s thesis, much less refute them.

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Capitalism, Economic History, History of Economic Thought

The Anti-Capitalist Ideology of Slavery

– August 16, 2019

The anti-capitalist ideology of southern slaveholders presents a conundrum for historians who erroneously equate the plantation economy with the free market.

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Economic History

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The Cultic Milieu and the Rise of Violent Fringe

– August 7, 2019

The notion of the cultic milieu helps explain many aspects of today’s politics, such as the rise of movements like the alt-right, and the growth of fringe beliefs across the ideological spectrum.

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Economic History

oldlondon

The Past Is a Nice Place to Visit. You Wouldn’t Want to Live There.

– July 18, 2019

Should we study and learn from the past? Of course we should. Should we yearn for the past, seek to return there, and perhaps undo the progress of the last several centuries? Of course we shouldn’t.

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Economic History, Free Enterprise

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The Capitalist Achievement of Recorded Music

– July 17, 2019

Or in the musical context, the capitalist achievement consists not of softer seats at the opera for the king and queen but access to a practically infinite library for pennies a day.

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Economic History, Free Banking

scaryvault

Competition Is the Path to Financial Inclusion

– July 8, 2019

Financial regulators appear to fear the creation of a few, small experimental entrants more than they fear the failure of the nation’s many, uber-risky megabanks.

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Economic History

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The Social History of the Picnic

– July 3, 2019

Thanks to the rise of prosperity and commercial society, picnicking was finally something for all to enjoy, not only the rarefied elite.

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