The Transformation of the American Economy, 1865-1914

The Gilded Age, lasting from 1865 to World War I, was an era of economic growth never before seen in the history of the world. The standard of living of the modern age was born during this time of phenomenal transition. Lives lengthen. Wealth exploded. The middle class lived better than kings a century earlier. […]

The Decline of the American Republic

In 1955, John T. Flynn saw what few others journalist did: the welfare-warfare state conspired to bring down American liberty. The New Deal combined with World War Two had fastened leviathan control over a country born in liberty. This early analysis of the causes of the Great Depression and the failure of the New Deal […]

Why We Couldn’t Abolish Slavery Then and Can’t Abolish Government Now

By Robert Higgs  |  August 20, 2009 Slavery existed for thousands of years, in all sorts of societies and all parts of the world. To imagine human social life without it required an extraordinary effort. Yet, from time to time, eccentrics emerged to oppose it, most of them arguing that slavery is a moral monstrosity and […]