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Hamilton’s Nation

Posted by heyrandy on March 14, 2012

Hamilton’s Curse, Thomas DiLorenzo, 2008

In the battle for America, Jefferson lost, Hamilton won. The principle of liberty, small, limited government; personal freedom; specie money, have all been eroded or eliminated. These were Jefferson’s principles. Hamilton hated them (and Jefferson).

To Hamilton we owe thanks for the income tax, foreign wars, limits on freedom of speech, jumbo government, loss of states’ rights, national debt, and the federal government’s  intrusion into every aspect of modern life. Hamilton’s triumph is almost complete. What he did not accomplish in his lifetime, his successors did. Hamilton’s wish for a president-for-life has not been realized, but there is little difference from one incumbent to another. We live in Hamilton’s nation.

DiLorenzo gives us the truth about Hamilton that the court historians have known but assiduously suppressed. You will not find DiLorenzo’s information in you local high school’s history books. (You will  not find it in any of the private schools’ books, either. The text-book industry is a real problem.) It is revisionist historians like DiLorenzo that do the public a service. This book is not like the hagiography that most historian write.

Hamilton was an insider. He worked tirelessly for his buddies. He started with the Constitutional Convention. The original documents, the Articles of Confederation, had to go. They did not suit Hamilton’s taste for a British-style government. He did not get everything he wanted at the Convention. So he made up the rest. Not in the Constitution? No problem! Just invoke the doctrine of implied powers, the Tenth Amendment to the contrary not withstanding. Don’t like the Constitution’s language? Just fight it out in court. The Hamilton sympathizer on the bench will rule in your favor. The list of evils is long. The list is getting longer. There is no area the federal government cannot now intervene in. The language is subverted.

DiLorenzo shows how the War Between the States was a direct result of Hamilton’s ideas. High tariffs on imported goods protected the largely northern manufactures at the cost of the largely rural south. It was a wealth transfer scheme that had bloody consequences. We are still paying for that.

This book is a must for anyone who wants to know about American history. It is not the usual pap from the mainstream writers–DiLorenzo takes on a few of them. The book is well written, easy to read and has many references. This book is a great place to begin. Its information could cause some consternation in history class. I hope it does.


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