Capitalism, History

The New History of Capitalism Has a “Whiteness” Problem

– December 10, 2019

Thus do we arrive at the unenviable position where scholars in the New History of Capitalism genre are guilty of the very same faults that they invoke to dismiss critics of the 1619 Project.

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History

Alexander Hamilton, the Other Tariff Man Who Created a Mess

– December 5, 2019

One of the many unsettling features of Donald Trump is his deep-seated antipathy to the time-honored doctrine of free trade. Even as early as 2016, Trump devoted a substantial portion of his Republican Convention speech calling for the adoption of prot …

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History

Mary, Joseph, and the Real ID

– December 3, 2019

Think about this story as you contemplate the surveillance, the identity politics, the impending internal passports, and the demographic controls of modern statism. These are tools of oppression.

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History

History Was Supposed to End. What Happened?

– December 1, 2019

Anyone paying close attention at the turn of the 21st century could foresee the impending failure of the social-democratic consensus throughout the developed world.  The exalted experts who rose to power in the postwar period built gigantic state- …

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History

Thanksgiving and the Birth of American Free Enterprise

– November 26, 2019

Once more it’s that time of the year when most Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The turkey is carved, the stuffing and sweet potatoes are passed around, and many slices of pumpkin pie are happily consumed. …

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History

The Birth of the Deep State: A History

– November 14, 2019

The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act (1883) created a merit-based system of examinations and other requirements, and a salaried class of government employees.

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History, Video

The Dark History of Swedish Socialism (Video)

– November 12, 2019

Everyone knows that socialism is newly fashionable as an idea and system. With that has come a certain level of whitewashing of the real history. I’m not just speaking of the totalitarian variety with its poverty, inflation, starvation, and mass death. …

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History

The History and Meaning of the Berlin Wall

– November 4, 2019

The history of the Berlin Wall and the collectivist ideology behind it should remind us of how important a loss any of our freedoms can be.

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History

The Reprise of the Personal State

– October 25, 2019

The best idea of modernity was neither the personal nor nation state but the idea of human freedom, the conviction that societies and economies thrive most when left alone by bureaucracies and dictators.

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History

Actually, the Gilded Age Was Awesome for Equality

– October 25, 2019

The invocation of the Gilded Age like a cheap political talking point is bad economics and bad economic history.

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