The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
By Mises Institute
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This weekly course was presented by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., in 2006-2007.
||Clean14. Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression||Boom-busts were a feature of markets. Under consumption caused the depression. WWII ended the Great Depression. All three Keynesian beliefs were inaccurate. Only the Austrian Business Cycle Theory got it right.||5/3/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Welfare Programs and the Great Society||From 1950 to 1980, Americans were indeed Losing Ground. Charles Murray’s book on social policy debunks welfare programs. The programs are the problem. It is not possible to design a wealth transfer program that will not produce net harm.||3/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Civil Rights and the Supreme Court||The doctrine was separate but equal according to the Constitution. Segregation was not unconstitutional. Brown v. Board of Education consolidated several cases about separation, and stated that if schools were separate they were, ipso facto, not equal.||3/8/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. The History of Foreign Aid Programs||The Marshall Plan didn’t help get Europe back on its feet: free markets did. The Plan was another failed giveaway program. The Plan’s disastrous legacy was the wrongheaded approach it inspired in foreign aid programs for the rest of the century.||2/27/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. The Economics of the New Deal and World War II||While many Americans were hungry and destitute, FDR ordered the slaughter of six million pigs and the destruction of ten million acres of cotton. Public-sector jobs created by the New Deal displaced or destroyed private-sector jobs. World War II didn’t end the Great Depression; a return to free-market activity after the war did.||2/20/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. The 1920s||In the 1920s Presidents Harding and Coolidge never got close to the poll favorites of Washington, Lincoln and FDR when ranked, because they killed fewer, taxed less, made their administrations almost invisible, and sought no wealth or glory.||1/31/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Myths and Facts About Big Business||Rockefeller, Carnegie, Dow, Hill, and other great American businessmen did more for America than all the big-government programs combined. These men were market entrepreneurs, not political ones.||11/15/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Reconstruction||Reconstruction is the readmission of the Southern states to the Union. Lincoln decided that ten percent of the eligible voters in 1860 had to take an oath of loyalty to the Union. Andrew Johnson, after Lincoln, added that wealthy Southern Planters had to beg for pardons. The Southern states were militarily occupied.||11/7/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Secession and War||Secession is a progressive, not a reactionary force. It is civilized. Jefferson Davis argued that because secession is not mentioned in the Constitution it is retained by the states under the Tenth Amendment. Thomas Jefferson said that the time for separation had not yet come.||10/31/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Secession and the American Experience||States had the right to secede. The War Between the States was not launched to free slaves. Lincoln believed that whites were superior and favored the deportation of freed slaves. The South was for free trade; the North wanted protectionism.||10/24/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Lysander Spooner and Other Antebellum Radicalism||Lysander Spooner in the antebellum period has been overlooked. He was a radical abolitionist lawyer. He wrote The Unconstitutionality of Slavery. William Lloyd Garrison felt the Constitution was a bloody pro-slavery compact.||10/17/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. The Principles of '98||1798 was an important year. The Principles of ’98 influenced all of American history. The Alien and Sedition Acts and the Kentucky Resolutions revealed these principles.||10/10/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. The Constitution: Four Disputed Clauses||As of 1790, all original thirteen colonies had ratified the Constitution. Four clauses have caused great trouble ever since: The War Powers Clause; The Commerce Clause; The Necessary and Proper Clause; and, The General Welfare Clause.||10/3/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Themes and Lessons from Colonial America||Fischer’s book Albion’s Seed described four British folkways into the colonies. The four were Puritans to New England, aristocrats to Virginia, Quakers to Pennsylvania, and borderland immigrants to Appalachian backcountry.||9/26/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
A refreshing change of pace.
While I may not agree with everything Mr. Woods says,I found this series to offer a thought provoking point of view.
This class was fantastic! I couldn't stop listening to it. Insights I'd never considered but made sense of how things actually were.
History that would make The Founders proud
It is very rare and fortunate to hear American history from the unique perspective of an economic historian. Because economics is politics, history is rarely understood by the historian who is not trained in both. Make this series your first stop for a thoroughly enjoyable and relentless history of the United States that your seventh grade history teacher never told you from New York Times bestselling author and Harvard & Columbia University trained historian, Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr..