History

Enough of this Idea of Presidential Greatness

– February 23, 2020

What constitutes a great president? Every presidential election, pundits and commentators opine on the characteristics of presidents that made them great. Starting in 1948, at the impulse of Arthur Schlesinger Sr. of Harvard University, historians have …

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History

The Case for Retracting Matthew Desmond’s 1619 Project Essay

– February 11, 2020

Since the outset of the 1619 Project controversy, I have consistently argued that the overwhelming majority of the project’s problems derive from a single featured essay: Matthew Desmond’s piece on capitalism and slavery. This essay advances an explici …

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History

How America Became Rich, According to a Historian in 1802

– January 30, 2020

For the last quarter century, I have tried to explain the causes of economic growth to my fellow historians. A few have caught on but not the ones whose publications garner the most attention. New Historians of Capitalism/Slavery are the worst offender …

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History

Must Government Save Us from the Coronavirus?

– January 27, 2020

The US government already has the power to create sick camps, kidnap and intern people upon suspicion that they are diseased, and keep people in camps for an undetermined amount of time.

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History

FDR and Stalin Planned the Future of the World

– January 27, 2020

For the establishment of the UN, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave Joseph Stalin virtually everything the tyrant wanted.

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History

The Overuse of the “Roaring Twenties”

– January 21, 2020

The problem is that this image is a fiction. In no way does the evidence from the field of economic history support it. Maybe it is politically useful to use it, but it is not historically nor economically accurate.

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History

The Academic Voldemort Principle

– January 13, 2020

It’s fundamentally a case of academic misconduct — of denying another due credit for their work, or preventing that work from even entering the conversation as you simultaneously attempt to rationalize confining your opponents to the territory of “he who shall not be named.”

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History

Who Is the Real Alexander Hamilton?

– January 12, 2020

What Hamilton did not do as treasury secretary is implement, or espouse, any system of protective tariffs or bounties.

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History, Socialism

The Soviet Economy Was Not Growing; It Was Dying

– January 10, 2020

Warren Nutter’s assessment was no abstraction, but rather the result of years of close study of the relationship between state policy and industrial concentration in the United States – the subject of his dissertation at the University of Chicago.

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History

If Libertarianism Hollowed Out, Why?

– January 8, 2020

Becoming a libertarian doesn’t mean leaving your humanity behind; on the contrary, it means embracing it fully and believing that the potential of a free life on earth is far from fully realized.

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