The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”

By Thomas DiLorenzo July 7, 2014 Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and simply support all […]

“The Consolidation of State Power via Reconstruction: 1865-1890”

  Journal of Libertarian Studies Volume 16, no. 2 (Spring 2002), pp. 139–161 2002 Ludwig von Mises Institute http://www.mises.org THE CONSOLIDATION OF STATE POWER VIA RECONSTRUCTION, 1865–1890 by: Thomas J. DiLorenzo All radical schemes to reconstruct the South entailed some more or less permanent expansion of central state activity and expenditures. – Richard Bensel, Yankee Leviathan […]

A Biography of Frédéric Bastiat

Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850): Between the French and Marginalist Revolutions By Thomas J. DiLorenzo CLAUDE FREDERIC BASTIAT was a French economist, legislator, and writer who championed private property, free markets, and limited government. Perhaps the main underlying theme of Bastiat’s writings was that the free market was inherently a source of “economic harmony” among individuals, as long […]

Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government

I N T R O D U C T I O N Austrian Political Economy The late Milton Friedman once said that if the average tariff rate in America was a few percentage points lower than it would otherwise be thanks to infl uence of academic economists, that would more than justify all of their salaries and then […]

The Law

FOREWORD Anyone building a personal library of liberty must include in it a copy of Frédéric Bastiat’s classic essay, “The Law.” First published in 1850 by the great French economist and journalist, it is as clear a statement as has ever been made of the original American ideal of government, as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, that the main purpose […]

The Watermelon Summit

By Thomas DiLorenzo June 9, 2012 An “environmentalist” is a totalitarian socialist whose real objective is to revive socialism and economic central planning under the subterfuge of “saving the planet” from capitalism. He is “green” on the outside, but red on the inside, and is hence appropriately labeled a “watermelon.” A conservationist, by contrast, is […]