By Lawrence J. McQuillan | Thursday May 26, 2016 at 4:26 PM PDT | Comments Off on An 1883 Memo to Bernie, Hillary, and Donald on How to Help Ordinary People: Leave Them Alone!
In 1883, William Graham Sumner wrote a series of essays for Harper’s Weekly, which paid him $50 apiece. The excerpted essay below on “The Forgotten Man” is as relevant today as in 1883—even more so. Politicians continue to pile more burdens on ordinary people in the name of this or that professed well-intentioned cause,...
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Tags: Bernie Sanders, classical liberal, classical liberty, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, interest groups, Liberty, myth of social justice, Regulation, social justice, special interest groups, Taxes, theory of government, Welfare, welfare state, William Graham Sumner
By Ralph Raico | Wednesday March 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM PDT | 0 Comments
The following is the Foreword to the Independent Institute’s new printing of The Civilian and the Military: A History of the American Antimilitarist Tradition, by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr. See also Anthony Gregory’s review on The Beacon. In 1783 a treaty ending hostilities between Great Britain and its rebellious colonies along the eastern seaboard...
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Tags: Afghanistan, Alfred Thayer Mahan, American History, antimilitarism, Arthur Ekirch, Benjamin Tucker, Charles Beard, Charles Lindbergh, Charles Sumner, Civil Society, Civil War, Cold War, Constitution, Corruption, Creel Committee on Public Information, Daniel Webster, Defense, E. L. Godkin, Elihu Root, Espionage and Sedition Acts, Felix Frankfurter, Franklin Roosevelt, Frederic Bastiat, Gerald Ford, Gore Vidal, Grand Army of the Republic, Henry David Thoreau, Herbert Spencer, Hugo Black, Imperialism, Iraq, isolationism, Japanese incarceration, Jefferson, Jeffersonian, Joseph Schumpeter, Justice Potter Stewart, Levellers, liberalism, Madison, Military, Murray Rothbard, Nationalization, non-interventionism, Norman Thomas, Pakistan, Pearl Harbor, Personal Liberty, Peter Kropotkin, Philippines, Politics, Randolph Bourne, Robert R. McCormick, Sinclair Lewis, Socialism, Somalia, Soviet Union, The Conquest of the United States by Spain, Theodore Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Walter Karp, War, War Hawks, Wendell Willkie, William Douglas, William Graham Sumner, Woodrow Wilson, WWI, WWII, Yemen, Yugoslavia
By Jonathan Bean | Sunday July 12, 2009 at 4:17 PM PDT | 8 Comments
“Lawmakers, read the bills before you vote,” by Jeff Jacoby (Boston Globe) This “Read the Bills” movement has finally cut through political pretensions to reveal that there is no “deliberative democracy” in the USA. Apparently, members of Congress are simply asked to “react” or express “feelings” or channel interest-group concerns about broad notions like...
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Tags: Arthur Ekirch, Books, Congress, Constitution, Corruption, democracy, Elections, Integrity, Law, Politics, Presidential Power, Robert Higgs, The State, Waxman-Markey, Wendy McElroy, William Graham Sumner
By Jonathan Bean | Friday February 6, 2009 at 3:42 PM PDT | 2 Comments
One of the joys of college teaching is leading a seminar on intellectual thought. The students who sign up for this reading-intensive course earn their grade through hard work, vigorous discussion, and writing. They are the better class of student at universities that accept any one with a government-guaranteed student loan. Currently, I am...
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Tags: American History, bailout, Bailouts, Budget and Tax Policy, Economics, Employment, entitlements, Politics, The State, Welfare, William Graham Sumner