The Essence of Liberty Volume I. Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government.

Moreover, Meyer knew that there were very negative, long-term consequences of Lincoln’s actions. In his words, “Were it not for the wounds that Lincoln inflicted upon the Constitution, it would have been infinitely more difficult for Franklin Roosevelt to carry through his revolution {and} for the coercive welfare state to come into being…”

I hope that you have been following this Lincoln series. If you have, then I hope you have come to understand how it influenced where we are today. If not, then the quote above sums it up for you in very plain language. — jtl, 419

A Summary of: Lincoln Unmasked. What you are not supposed to know about Dishonest Abe

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Compiled and Edited by

Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume 

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)Chapter 16: Lincolnite Totalitarians

One of the most important consequences of the war was the establishment of a strong central government. In this regard, Lincoln connected politically to Lenin and Bismarck. They all “became uncompromising dictators” and were succeeded by new bureaucracies that expanded the power of the state and diminished freedom.

The cult has swept almost all such statements under the rug for generations. But it was not always like that. Until the mid-1960s it was still possible to find objective scholarship in the literature. One example is a 1965 article in the National Review by its editor, Frank Meyer.

Meyer was aware that Lincoln did not invade the South to free the slaves but to “consolidate” political power in Washington. He also understood that all other slave holding countries of the world peacefully ended slavery in the 19th century through compensated emancipation.

Moreover, Meyer knew that there were very negative, long-term consequences of Lincoln’s actions. In his words, “Were it not for the wounds that Lincoln inflicted upon the Constitution, it would have been infinitely more difficult for Franklin Roosevelt to carry through his revolution {and} for the coercive welfare state to come into being…”

After the article appeared, Mayer’s publisher, William F. Buckley, Jr., took him to task. Since then, there has been very little realistic analysis of Lincoln in conservative publications. An intellectual purge took place—a part of an overall purge of the Old Right.

Buckley promoted big government conservatives. Today, we hear them referred to as “neo-conservatives.” But, as it turns out, there is nothing “neo” about them. They have always been opposed to limited government, the defining characteristic of genuine old-fashioned conservatives. In his own words, Buckley favored “…Big Government for the duration (of the cold war)…through the instrumentality of a totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores. Murray Rothbard wrote that Buckley was “a totalitarian socialist and what is more admits it.”

Since then, most conservatives have been Lincoln idolaters and his methods have long been the model for the American Right. When the cold war ended there was no longer any need for a “totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores.” However, the “neo-conservative” movement did not waste any time in declaring its new goal to be perpetual global warfare in the name of spreading democracy around the globe. Naturally, the Lincolnite totalitarians constantly invoke the Lincoln legend in an attempt to “justify” this un-American policy.

Today, the name of the “martyred saint” is frequently invoked to justify such police state, “totalitarian bureaucracy” tactics as the Patriot Act, strip searches at airports, internet spying, illegally spying on private phone conversations, prying into financial records, military tribunals, torture of prisoners, and may other ominous developments.

Right-wing totalitarians are not the only ones. Academic leftists idolize Lincoln because; they too, favor “totalitarian bureaucracy,” as long as they are running it. One of the best examples is Eric Foner of Columbia University, a self-described Marxist and apologist for Soviet communism. He opposed the breakup of the Soviet Union and invoked the Lincoln legend as the reason. “Foner railed against the secession movements in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Georgia and urged Mikhail Gorbachev to deal with them in the same brutal manner that Lincoln dealt with the Southern secessionists.”

Socialism cannot survive if there are competing sovereignties. Thus, all socialists, whether they are left or right wing, favor highly centralized, dictatorial government with a “strong executive.”

Thus, right-wing neo-conservatives as well as left-wing academics invoke the mythical Lincoln legend to promote their political agendas, whether it is imperialistic foreign policy or the “unfortunate” demise of totalitarian socialism.

Politics is a dirty business.

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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. 

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    I hope that you have been following this Lincoln series. If you have, then I hope you have come to understand how it influenced where we are today. If not, then the quote above sums it up for you in very plain language. — jtl, 419

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