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Join host Dr. Anthony Comegna on a series of libertarian explorations into the past. Liberty Chronicles combines innovative libertarian thinking about history with specialist interviews, primary and secondary sources, and answers to listener questions.
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Join host Dr. Anthony Comegna on a series of libertarian explorations into the past. Liberty Chronicles combines innovative libertarian thinking about history with specialist interviews, primary and secondary sources, and answers to listener questions.
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    Ep. 105: The Last Liberty Chronicles

    Ep. 105: The Last Liberty Chronicles

    Today Anthony Comegna (@DrLocoFoco) leaves us with one final message as we end chronicling liberty: “I certainly will continue my own end of the deal we have struck here—you couldn’t drag me away from my Locofocos, my Spiritualists, my Free Love anarchists, or my radical English Dissenters, to name just a few—but I’ll close with one final plea to each of you: History is not an instruction manual; it is a cautionary tale. No intellectual tradition, no set of good or just ideas, no heroes nor villains are ever remembered unless we do the labor of memory. Our tradition, our ideas, our tales of heroes and our villains all deserve to be remembered, and we deserve to learn from their examples.”
    Be sure to check back with libertarianism.org to learn about our new history adventures in the coming months.
    Our Most Memorable Episodes:Eggnog Riot!!
    The Possession of Frances Whipple
    Reasonable Crimes: Humanizing Pirates
    There’s No Excuse for Slavery (Updated)

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    Ep. 104: The United States as a Young Foreign Power, Part Two, with Christopher A. Preble

    Ep. 104: The United States as a Young Foreign Power, Part Two, with Christopher A. Preble

    Last week we left off with selections from William Graham Sumner and we pick up right there today with Christopher Preble. Preble’s new book was released today on our site and it not only explores America imperialist tendency in the past, but also recognizes our foreign policy blunders of today.
    Does the U.S. think they are in a perfect position to solve the problems of other countries? How did the war against Spain turn out? Does the American imperial empire exist today? When did the U.S. start to get influenced by the imperial mindset of Europe? What is corporatism? Was it honorable to be a soldier in the 1900s? What was the anti-war movement and what happened to it after World War II?
    Further Reading:Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy, written by Christopher A. Preble, available April 30, 2019.
    Dreams of a City on a Hill, 1630, written by John Winthrop
    Related Content:Address Delivered at the Request of the Committee for Arrangements for Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence, written by John Quincy Adams
    Jackson: The First Imperial President, Learn Liberty
    The Conquest of the United States by Spain, written by William Graham Sumner

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    Ep. 103: The United States as a Young Foreign Power, with Christopher A. Preble

    Ep. 103: The United States as a Young Foreign Power, with Christopher A. Preble

    Christopher A. Preble joins us for the first episode of a 2-part discussion about early America’s role in the world. Comegna and Preble focus their conversation around two historical documents that are cited in Preble’s new book Peace, War, and Liberty. The first document is John Quincy Adam’s “Address Delivered at the Request of the Committee for Arrangements for Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence”. The second document is, “The Conquest of the United States by Spain”. Be sure to tune in next week to hear part 2 of this discussion and to download a free copy of the Preble’s book!
    What is realpolitik? Why weren’t Native Americans seen as sovereign peoples by the United States? What did Americans think of their place in the world by 1820? Did Americans still fear the British in 1820? How did we use the Navy to expand markets in the early and late 1800s?
    Further Reading:Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy, written by Christopher A. Preble, available April 30, 2019.
    Dreams of a City on a Hill, 1630, written by John Winthrop
    Related Content:Address Delivered at the Request of the Committee for Arrangements for Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence, written by John Quincy Adams
    Jackson: The First Imperial President, Learn Liberty
    The Conquest of the United States by Spain, written by William Graham Sumner

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    Ep. 102: What it Takes to be a Bankster

    Ep. 102: What it Takes to be a Bankster

     
    Can you imagine people getting themselves all worked up over banks and money today? Having that intensely boring issue so thoroughly dominate political life that presidents and parties rise and fall on this one subject alone? No one today knows anything about the Fed and no one wants to know about the Fed. People back in the 1830s and ‘40s, were in a constant state of agitation about it. It seemed to Jacksonian Americans that the individual pursuit of self interest was natural and inevitable.
    What was important about Adam Smiths’ Wealth of Nations? Were banks corrupt? Have banks always been corrupt? How did views of banks and the Fed change since Jacksonian America?
    Further Reading:The Myth of Class in Jacksonian America, Cambridge University Press
    The Bank War and the Partisan Press, written by Stephen W. Campbell
    Andrew Jackson, Banks and the Panic of 1837, Lehrman Institute
    Related Content:Jackson Kills the Bank, Part One, written by Andrew Jackson
    Jackson Kills the Bank, Part Two, written by Andrew Jackson
    Make America Young Again, Liberty Chronicles Podcast

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    Ep. 101: Edgar Allan Poe on Mushrooms and Men

    Ep. 101: Edgar Allan Poe on Mushrooms and Men

    Edgar Allen Poe was far from being defined as a Locofoco. He was no lover of democracy. He idolized the “devoted loyalty” of old Virginia gentry. As a dark romanticist poet, he believed the America’s Old World aristocracy was fighting the noble cause of attempted to preserve the elevated cultures of the past.
    What did Edgar Allen Poe think of the class struggle? Did Edgar Allen Poe think that Americans were spoiled? How did Poe think America erected an aristocracy? Was Edgar Allen Poe a conservative?
    Further Reading:The Fall of the House of Usher (Story by Poe), written by David Rush
    Edgar Allen Poe, Poetry Foundation
    Who was Edgar Allen Poe?, The Poe Museum
    Related Content:Mushrooms & Men, Liberty Chronicles Podcast
    An Introduction to Imaginative Literature, Part IV, written by Jeff Riggenbach
    Libertarians, Class, and the Left, Anthony Comegna & Caleb O. Brown

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    Ep. 100: Quakertarianism, with Caleb Brown

    Ep. 100: Quakertarianism, with Caleb Brown

    For our 100th episode we interviewed Caleb Brown to gain a better understanding of how Quakerism aligns with libertarianism. He discusses his own experience as a Quaker, but he also makes larger claims about how Quakerism can foster a sense of community to the life of an average libertarian.
    What is attractive about Quakerism? What is a ‘true-believer’ Christian? How does Quakerism mesh with libertarianism? Are there a lot of communitarian elements to Quakerism? How do Quaker meetings take place? What role does Quakerism play in your life?
    Further Reading:Friends for 300 Years, written by Howard H. Brinton
    Amazing Grace, directed by Michael Apted
    Cato Daily Podcast
    Related Content:Libertarians, Class, and the Left, interview between Anthony Comegna and Caleb Brown
    The Antinomians, Liberty Chronicles Podcast
    Sam Gorton: Antinomian Radical, by Literature of Liberty Reviewer

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