Join host Dr. Anthony Comegna on a series of libertarian explorations into the past.
Anthony Comegna received his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in history from the University of Pittsburgh, where he specialized in early American, intellectual, and Atlantic history. His dissertation, “The Dupes of Hope Forever:” The Loco-Foco or Equal Rights Movement, 1820s-1870s, revives the submerged and forgotten legacy of locofocoism. Anthony has taught undergraduate courses in American history and Western Civilization. He produces regular historical content for Libertarianism.org and is the writer/host of Liberty Chronicles.
The complicated time of secession was defined by politicians’ desire to grab power in any way that they could.
Calhoun’s vision of Americans conquering space seemed even more possible with Samuel Morse’s invention of the magnetic telegraph.
Though historians refuse to recognize his accomplishment, H. L. Mencken invented an entire historical genre and method.
On Camilo Gomez’s History and Politics podcast, Anthony discusses rooted libertarian history and the magnitude of our current problems.
In his first speech as Chancellor, Hitler emphasized the core value of National Socialism: the individual is nothing outside the State.
It shouldn’t need to be said, but the Confederacy didn’t stand for opposing federal overreach or eliminating handouts to big business—it stood for slavery.
“All the Countries near the Sea side, which the King of Dahome could possibly get at, are not only conquered, but also turned into Desolation.”
William Snelgrave traded slaves because it made him fabulously wealthy—But try as he might, he could not transform men and women into mere machines.
The slaver William Snelgrave is captured by pirates, barely escaping death. His account of the ordeal describes the ideology and internal politics of the pirates.
For his stunning depictions of social and political theory, “Thomas Cole stands as one of the most influential fine artists in the history of liberal thought.”
Without the state’s incredible, Heaven-mandated, virtually godlike concentrated power, “Who would build the roads?”
“Remember that Life’s River swiftly hies…and thou hast much to do: |…he must trust in God and strike, | Who conquers in the fight.”
The Loco-Focos’ “life-long ‘War on Monopoly,’ resulted in a long series of events which in many ways diffused and democratized power throughout the populace.”
“For at least two full generations, the Loco-Focos spread a radical anti-corporate republican ideology and made significant…marks on American…history.”
Most “history” has been the result of cyclical violence—expropriation, subjugation, civil war, and bloody revolution. How, then, can we build a better future?
Advancing his own sort of self-esteem theory, Godwin concludes that healthy societies require healthy individuals who love and respect themselves.
When the people fear to criticize their stone and metal icons, there is tyranny. When the icons fear criticism from the people, there is liberty.