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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. 

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Van Buren Administration

by Joshua Steedman on Aug 14, 2019

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

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Filmore Administration

by Taylor Patterson on Jun 26, 2019

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.

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Buchanan Administration

by Ellen Kelly on May 28, 2019

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.

Building Tomorrow

Devin Nunes Sues a Fictional Cow, His Mom, and Liz Mair

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, and Liz Mair on Apr 25, 2019

Liz Mair joins us to discuss Nunes, his cow, & how the lawsuit has created an internet backlash drawing more attention to parody accounts.

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Anarchism and American Traditions

by Voltairine de Cleyre in 1908

Voltairine De Cleyre reappraises the legacy of the American Revolution through an individualist anarchist lens.

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 101: Edgar Allan Poe on Mushrooms and Men

featuring Anthony Comegna on Apr 9, 2019

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. 

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Democracy vs Doulocracy, Part 2

by William Wilson in 1848

After defining his terms, our author shifts to a full explanation of slavery’s sinful violations of Christian precepts.

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Radical Weirdness in the English Civil Wars

by Anthony Comegna and Caleb O. Brown on Jan 5, 2019

Caleb Brown interviews Anthony Comegna about the English Civil Wars and high weirdness in the primitive libertarian tradition.

Building Tomorrow

Is Amazon HQ2 Worth it?

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, and Vanessa Calder on Dec 13, 2018

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.