After my book, The Real Lincoln, was first published in 2002 the Lincoln cult became very frustrated over the fact that every time they attacked me personally, lied about the contents of the book, denied plain, well-documented historical facts, and I responded to them on LewRockwell.com, my Amazon.com sales ranking skyrocketed. It was #2 in sales on Amazon at one point. So their Plan B was to simply engage in even more name calling by labeling me (and others associated with the Mises Institute) a “Neo-confederate.” Of course, what they were attempting to do was to call us “slavery defenders” without saying so explicitly. The New York Times happily continued this practice, as have the lying libertine losers who call themselves “cosmopolitan” libertarians.
So I thought it would be useful to review just exactly what I wrote about the Confederacy in The Real Lincoln. As can be determined by looking at the index, it is mentioned on exactly four pages of my 333-page book:
1. On page 8 of the Introduction I wrote that “the Confederate Constitution outlawed both protectionist tariffs and internal improvement subsidies . . .”
2. On page 240 I covered the same ground by writing that “protectionist tariffs were outlawed by the Confederate Constitution,” and then I quoted the relevant passage from that document.
3. On page 251 I wrote that “The Confederate Constitution was incompatible with Lincoln’s (and the Republicans’) economic policy objectives.”
4. The final mention is on page 273 where I once again mentioned tariffs and internal improvement subsidies, and added that “the Confederate Constitution . . . eliminated the General Welfare Clause of the U.S. Constitution.”
So there you have it. That is the sum total of my “defense of the Confederacy” in The Real Lincoln. Two pages after entry #4, at the top of page 275, I wrote: “The one unequivocal good that came of Lincoln’s war was the abolition of slavery.” But don’t expect the Lincoln cult, the totalitarians in the media, or the phony “cosmopolitan” libertines to ever mention such facts.
The Real Lincoln has now been in print for almost exactly twelve years. To my knowledge none of my critics has ever mentioned that the great Walter E. Williams wrote the foreword to the book.
7:55 am on January 30, 2014 Email Thomas DiLorenzo