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There’s No Excuse for Slavery (Updated)

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 19, 2018

This is an updated version of our episode from July 3, 2018. We discuss how John C. Calhoun led the charge in believing slavery to be a “positive good”.

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Kansas Changes Everything

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 18, 2018

Who was Stephen Douglas and, more importantly, what did his political attitude represent in a time defined by scheming politicians? 

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Whiggery’s Last Gasp

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 11, 2018

What would prevent the United States from the impending disastrous split over the “slavery issue”?

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Van Buren - Friend or Foe? with Jeff Hummel

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 4, 2018

Our lengthy debate about who Van Buren really was as a person and as a President continues with new thoughts from Jeff Hummel. 

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Free Soil After Van Buren

featuring Anthony Comegna on Aug 28, 2018

The Loco-Focos were out there leading the young America cultural movement: integrating Whigish abolitionism, even when Van Buren had left them behind.

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More Creative Historical Thinking

featuring Anthony Comegna on Aug 21, 2018

Our conversation about how all history is revisionist and open to creativity with Michael Douma continues this week.

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Was Frederick Douglass a Libertarian?

featuring Anthony Comegna on Aug 7, 2018

Timothy Sandefur joins us this week to discuss how Frederick Douglass does not align perfectly into the accepted political factions of today. 

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1848 and Its Aftermath

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 31, 2018

1848 changed American politics forever, and early Libertarianism was at the center of it.

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Van Buren’s Dirty Game

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 24, 2018

Martin Van Buren was intellectually committed to laissez-faire and limited government, but the devil is always in the details.

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Revolution in Utica and Buffalo

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 17, 2018

The Polk years began in a sort of uneasy truce between radicals and conservatives. 

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The Vile Mexican War

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 10, 2018

In 1844, America’s first libertarians made a serious mistake. The kind of mistake with the potential to destroy their whole movement.

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Polk - What a Horrible President!

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jun 12, 2018

In the grand catalog of 19th century America, there are few villains so worthy of a Libertarian’s scorn, as James K Polk.

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The World Wide Revolution

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jun 5, 2018

We often learn that Manifest Destiny was created by racists and imperialists and there’s truth to that, but the first libertarians were also responsible.

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DOWN WITH RENT!

featuring Anthony Comegna on May 29, 2018

Radical Locofocoism was both implemented and watered down at the same time. New York’s Anti-Rent War and the Revolutionary Constitution of 1846.

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The Possession of Frances Whipple

featuring Anthony Comegna on May 22, 2018

Frances Whipple was almost your standard aristocrat, heir to an elite family name; but through a life of radical activism she helped transform America.