A Summary of: The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda and an Unnecessary War
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Compiled and Edited by
Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
Forward by Walter Williams
The government we suffer under today is entirely different from the one envisioned by the founders. Instead of being constitutionally limited, it is “consolidated and absolute, based on the unrestrained will of the majority, with force, threats, and intimidation being the order of the day.”
The War for Southern Independence was not fought over slavery. Slavery ended peacefully in dozens of countries in the 18th and 19th Centuries. In fact, many of Lincoln’s own statements indicate that he supported slavery. Furthermore, he openly admitted that his Emancipation Proclamation was nothing but a political gimmick.
This unnecessary war resulted in some 620,000 battlefield related deaths (the modern day equivalent of about 5 million). However, the real costs have been paid in the form of “a change in the character of our government into one feared by…Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, and Calhoun.”
The Union was originally formed by voluntary agreement between the sovereign states. The idea that the states had a right to secession was also popularly held at the time. But today, most Americans falsely believe that states do not have a right to secede. DiLorenzo presents an abundance of evidence that, from the beginning, the right to secession was considered a natural right and a last check on an out of control central government. This evidence includes a multitude of northern newspaper articles.
Since Lincoln established (by military force) that states do not have a right to secede, the federal government (and especially the Supreme Court) have run amok over states’ rights to the point that the 9th and 10th Amendments mean little to nothing today.
Lincoln’s awful war of aggression laid to rest the principle enunciated in the Declaration of Independence that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The Essence of Liberty Volume I: Liberty and History chronicles the rise and fall of the noble experiment with constitutionally limited government. It features the ideas and opinions of some of the world’s foremost contemporary constitutional scholars. This is history that you were not taught at the mandatory government propaganda camps otherwise known as “public schools.” You will gain a clear understanding of how America’s decline and decay is really nothing new and how it began almost immediately with the constitution. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.
You might be interested in the other two volumes of this three volume set: The Essence of Liberty Volume II: The Economics of Liberty and The Essence of Liberty Volume III: Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic.