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Jeff Riggenbach

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Jeff Riggenbach is a journalist, author, editor, broadcaster, and educator. A member of the Organization of American Historians and a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, he has written for such newspapers as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle; such magazines as Reason, Inquiry, and Liberty; and such websites as,, and His books include In Praise of Decadence (1998), Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism (2009), and Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor & the Rebirth of American Individualism (2014). Drawing on vocal skills he honed in classical and all-news radio in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, Riggenbach has also narrated the audiobook versions of numerous libertarian works, many of them available on

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Why the Terrible Destruction of the Civil War?

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryOther Schools of Thought

05/06/2011Mises Daily Articles
It "was not inevitable," writes Goldfield. Rather, it was "America's greatest failure."
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Jane Jacobs: Libertarian Outsider

Free MarketsEntrepreneurship

04/28/2011Mises Daily Articles
The basic logic of Jane Jacobs's work must lead an attentive reader inexorably to a libertarian view of human social relations.
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America Aflame

Goldfield's book fails at revisionism. The author does not grapple with the truth that the Civil War was not about slavery, that war does not boost an economy, and that Lincoln did not need to wage that war anyway.
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Jane Jacobs (1916–2006)

Jacobs was a libertarian whether she knew it or not. The conclusions she drew were Misesian, just in a different way. Jacobs has also been compared to Hayek. Her The Death & Life of Great American Cities told essentially the same story as Hayek's The Use of Knowledge in Society.
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The Real William Graham Sumner

BiographiesFree MarketsInterventionism

04/22/2011Mises Daily Articles
There is considerable evidence that the entire concept of "social Darwinism" as we know it today was virtually invented by Richard Hofstadter. It certainly didn't apply to Sumner, who was a great libertarian. The description "social Darwinist" was never made of his views during his lifetime.
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