And the War Came

By Ralph Raico Mises.org June 30, 2014 The immediate origins of the 1914 war lie in the twisted politics of the Kingdom of Serbia.[1] In June, 1903, Serbian army officers murdered their king and queen in the palace and threw their bodies out a window, at the same time massacring various royal relations, cabinet ministers, and members […]

The History of the Industrial Revolution and the Social Policies of Otto von Bismarck

In this video from a 1986 Libertarian International conference in Stockholm, Sweden, Raico gives a lecture on how historians have treated the Industrial Revolution and the rise of Otto von Bismarck and his notorious social insurance programs in pre-World War Germany. More from Ralph Raico Prelude to World War I Woodrow Wilson’s “Second Personality” The Rise, Fall, […]

Prelude to World War I

September 07, 2012 by Ralph Raico With the World War mankind got into a crisis with which nothing that happened before in history can be compared.… In the world crisis whose beginning we are experiencing, all peoples of the world are involved.… War has become more fearful because it is waged with all the means of […]

Woodrow Wilson’s “Second Personality”

September 28, 2012 by Ralph Raico Wherever blame for the war might lie, for the immense majority of Americans in 1914 it was just another of the European horrors from which our policy of neutrality, set forth by the Founding Fathers of the Republic, had kept us free. Pašić, Sazonov, Conrad, Poincaré, Moltke, Edward Grey, and […]

The Rise, Fall, and Renaissance of Classical Liberalism

by Ralph Raico Freedom Daily, August 1992 Classical liberalism — or simply liberalism, as it was called until around the turn of the century — is the signature political philosophy of Western civilization. Hints and suggestions of the liberal idea can be found in other great cultures. But it was the distinctive society produced in Europe — […]

What Is Classical Liberalism?

by Ralph Raico August 19, 2010 This article originally appeared in American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, edited by Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, and Jeffrey O. Nelson (Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 2006), pp. 498—502. “Classical liberalism” is the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of […]