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Reason and Cato are probably the two most mainstream libertarian institutions. Mises and LRC are more “extreme” and lean more towards anarchism than Reason and Cato.
I don’t any data on hand, but I thought people were making that claim about modern times (1980-today).
Kevin, that is a good point. Personally, I just find it hard to believe slavery would have lasted a long time had the South had won the war quickly. But really, it’s an impossible thing to project.
Kevin, what is your response to Brian’s blog article (http://www.libertyclassroom.com/slavery-and-the-civil-war-revisited/) about how the Confederacy told the British and French that they would abolish slavery in exchange for recognition of sovereignty?
It applied to areas only under Confederate control. Lincoln himself admitted that the proclamation probably had no legal justification beyond being a war measure.
There’s a topic somewhere on here where the professors weigh in on how long slavery would have lasted had the South seceded peacefully. Kevin wasn’t as optimistic as Brian and Tom. So there are different viewpoints.
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I think Dilorenzo and Woods downplay the morality of slavery as being the main issue of the war. Slavery was definitely an important factor. It was an important part of the Southern economy (and they had beef with the North over tariff rates) and the North was reluctant to enforce fugitive slave laws. But the North (for the most part) was not morally outraged over slavery and certainly was not going to fight a civil war over the morality of the institution.
Some areas from the American Old West were probably very libertarian. People settled out west faster than it took for government to be established. Check out Tom Wood’s 33 Questions “Was the Wild West really so Wild?”
The last good one by libertarian standards was probably Coolidge. As for a Ron Paul comparison, perhaps Robert A. Taft? Taft never got the GOP nomination (like Ron) but their views seem pretty similar (non-interventionism, free markets).
Very interesting site. Will have to add to my reading list
I just got through Rhetoric or Reality. I would like some updated stats, but it’s an excellent, short book. Has a great chapter on “discrimination” against women as well.
I know that Tom Woods edited a collection of American anti-war writings throughout history. Here’s the link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/We-Who-Dared-Say-War/dp/1568583850/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366601946&sr=8-1&keywords=those+who+said+no+to+war+woods
I haven’t read this, but is this what you’re looking for?