My Top Eleven for 2000

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In
no particular order, here are my top eleven books of the year:

1)      Forrest
McDonald, States'
Rights and the Union: Imperium and Imperio,
1776-1877.
McDonald again shows himself to be the premier constitutional historian
of our era in this much-needed and masterful book.

2)      Justin
Raimondo, An
Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard
. A brisk
and affectionately informed biography.

3)      Charles
Adams, When
in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession
.
Adams's revisionist verve sheds light on several aspects of America's
transformative interval.

4)      Larry
Elder, The
Ten Things You Can't Say in America
. Elder takes on white
condescension, out-of-wedlock births, and other taboo topics.

5)      Timothy
Lynch, editor, After
Prohibition: An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st
Century
. End the Cromwellian crusade!

6)      John
McWhorter, Losing
the Race: Black Self-Sabotage in America
. A cogent plea
to end the caste-mentality.

7)      Adolph
Reed, Jr. Class
Notes: Posing as Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene
.
Reed examines the programmatic desiccation and ideological inanity
of the contemporary Left. (Reed's a vigorous leftist involved with
the Labor Party, by the way.)

8)      Roger
Pilon, editor, The
Rule of Law in the Wake of Clinton
. You know something's
up when the President of the ACLU and conservatives find consensus.
(Also see at www.Cato.org Gene Healy's recent u201CArrogance
of Power: The Imperial Presidency and Foreign Policy in the Clinton
Years.
u201D)

9)      Albert
Murray and John F. Callahan, editors, Trading
Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
.
Two class acts exchange aesthetic sentiments and others.

10)  Jim Powell, The
Triumph of Liberty: A 2000 Year History Told through the Lives of
Freedom's Greatest Champions
. A remarkable tome.

11)  Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.,
editor, The
Irrepressible Rothbard: The Rothbard-Rockwell Report Essays of Murray
N. Rothbard
. The libertarian's libertarian covering everything
from Bobby Fischer and Bosnia to Mario Cuomo and the Caucasus.

December
21, 2000

Myles
Kantor lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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