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Book Review: Lincoln And The Patronage

Lincoln And The Patronage, by Carl Russell Fish One of the more unfortunate aspects of government jobs is the way that many people idealize the civil service as if the bureaucracy that we have right now is a good thing.  … Continue reading

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On The Difficulties Of Consent

Why is it so hard for us to have consistent views of consent?  It is perhaps not accidental that consent and consensus are all related words, and unanimity has always been a very difficult standard to meet when it comes … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mexican War

The Mexican War, by Otis A Singletary It is fascinating, at least a little bit, that this book markets itself as part of a series about the Chicago History of American Civilization.  And while I am still not completely sure … Continue reading

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Shadowed Ambition

Although it might seem strange to us today, just 150 years ago politicians had to at least pay lip service to the ideal that they were to be drafted and called into office and not push and strive openly for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Jews In America

The Jews In America:  Four Centuries Of An Uneasy Encounter:  A History, by Arthur Hertzberg It is quite interesting to read this book and the way that it showed both the fretting that Jews have about matters like assimilation in … Continue reading

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Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Out To Get You

Those who have studied the history of American politics, people like Bernard Bailyn, for example, have long understood the appeal of the paranoid style of politics within the United States.  While many have lamented this tendency, it is a fairly … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Insightful Reader

The Insightful Reader:  How To Learn Deeply & Attain Life-Changing Insights From Books, by I.C. Robledo [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookSirens in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] The … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Flaws That Kill Our Democracy

The Flaws That Kill Our Democracy:  Version 1.0, by Klaas Mensaert [Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] In many ways, this book resembles … Continue reading

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Good For Whom?

One of the many economic questions that I am fascinated by is the debate over whether or not slavery was profitable for the South.  As this subject was fought over considerably before the Civil War started and continues to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancient Slavery And Modern Ideology

Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology, by M.I. Finley While this book does contain a lot of information about both ancient slavery and modern ideology, it regrettably contains more information than one would want about the latter and not as much … Continue reading

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