Although Van Buren himself was an effective politician, his years as president prompted scholars to rank Van Buren’s presidency as average, grouped among some of the least-effective and forgettable presidents in U.S. history
The quartering of soldiers on private property was a real, pressing threat to liberty when the Bill of Rights was drafted.
For Filmore, slavery was a moral wrong, and imposing on states’ rights was a legal wrong, but for U.S. history, the chimera of legislation that became the Compromise of 1850 was a catastrophic mistake.
President Buchanan amassed the largest fiscal imbalance of a pre-Civil War administration not engaging in a foreign war and that fact only scrathes the surface of his shortcomings.
The American welfare state is expensive, of limited efficacy, and crowds out better options for alleviating poverty.
Liz Mair joins us to discuss Nunes, his cow, & how the lawsuit has created an internet backlash drawing more attention to parody accounts.
Edgar Allen Poe was no Locofoco sympathizer, but he did tell a tale about class struggle much different than the ones we have discussed before.
John Tyler was the one person most responsible for squashing republicanism and establishing the empire.
Mary Wollstonecraft’s political philosophy and feminist thought were shaped by her beliefs about human nature.
Caleb Brown interviews Anthony Comegna about the English Civil Wars and high weirdness in the primitive libertarian tradition.
What is the real origin story of America?
Vanessa Calder joins us this week to discuss whether or not residents of Crystal City, VA and Queens, NY should be excited by the arrival of Amazon.
Professor Joseph Kelly tells us the forgotten story of Stephen Hopkins and how the Virginia Company lacked real leadership & direction.
Who can win in the new American economic order?
This Thanksgiving, blow your relatives’ minds by exploding the myth of self government.
To bake or not to bake?—What would those who actually ratified the First Amendment do?
“Life is not eternal and death can separate us, but the Blockchain is forever.” - David Mondrus and Joyce Bayo on their blockchain wedding
Calls to regulate social media in the public interest fail to grapple with the messy details of policymaking, or the disparate desires of internet users