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Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Hayes Administration

by Gregory Dehler on Apr 27, 2020

Rutherford B. Hayes will forever be remembered as the president who ended Reconstruction. In the process he abandoned the Civil War Republican Party’s commitment to equal rights for the former slaves and doomed them to a century of discrimination and segregation. 

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A Libertarian Vision for Regulatory Science

by Patrick Michaels on Mar 31, 2020

The scientific research that informs regulations falls prey to perverse incentives when it’s funded by the government doing the regulating. Here’s a better alternative.

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A History of Libertarian Utopianism

by Anthony Comegna on Mar 31, 2020

A history of how libertarians have thought about utopias and how utopian thinking has influenced libertarianism. 

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How the Anti-Federalists Shaped the Constitution

by David Edwards on Mar 4, 2020

The Anti-Federalists had a strong distrust of government power. A national government with too much power was, as far as they were concerned, a pathway to government oppression. 

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Trump the Decider

by Gene Healy on Jan 29, 2020

War powers practice in the early republic suggests that the president’s power of “self‐​defense” was far narrower than Trump’s defenders imagine.

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John Lewis, Libertarian Hero

by Michael F. Cannon on Jan 21, 2020

Few in the libertarian movement have suffered as much as Lewis for the cause of freedom.

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Madison Administration

by Kevin Gutzman on Jan 9, 2020

Madison gave no sign in his pre-presidential career that he would flourish in the chief magistracy, and he lived up to expectations.

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The War on Tobacco (with Jacob Grier)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Jacob Grier on Nov 15, 2019

Jacob Grier joins the show today to talk with Trevor about the American war on tobacco.

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Lincoln Administration

by Phil Magness on Nov 12, 2019

Lincoln’s navigation of the secession crisis and ensuing Civil War can legitimately be described as unprepared at best, and at moments susceptible to severe strategic missteps. 

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Why 1619 Matters in 2019

by Matthew Feeney on Aug 19, 2019

The most prominent of America’s contradictions is that its Founding documents were written by white men who owned black human beings as farm equipment, yet they expressed a commitment to liberty.