3:17 am on June 17, 2021
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Once upon a time students were well acquainted with The American’s Creed. It was a bedrock statement of the principles which defined the philosophical essence and aspirations of the United States. It was recited at school assemblies, and a parchment copy presented to high school graduates, often by their congressman/congresswoman. I still have my copy presented to me in 1970 by Congressman Page Belcher. How many students in school districts across the nation today from coast to coast still recite The American’s Creed, or are even aware of its existence? Why is this so? What has happened in five decades in eroding this self-confident affirmation and inner spirit of patriotic dedication among Americans?
Because of the deep division in America between Red States and Blue States, there has been much talk of secession. Is the United States too big? Would people be happier in smaller communities? Frank Buckley, a distinguished professor at the Scalia Law School, breaks with most of his fellow legal academics by taking these questions seriously. In a recent article in The American Mind, he suggests that secession today would be difficult but not impossible. “As I argued in American Secession (2020), a civil war would be unlikely, and we’d be more likely to see a pacific James Buchanan in the White House than an indominable Abraham Lincoln.”
Against those who argue that secession is unconstitutional, Buckley offers some strong arguments: “Finally, the legal barriers to secession are weaker than most think. Originalists on the Court would recognize that the framers had thought secession permissible, while its more liberal members would find it difficult to ignore the expressed wishes of voters in a state. Is an indissoluble union a more fundamental constitutional norm than democracy? Canada and Great Britain posed that question, and answered no. While the Supreme Court held that secession was unconstitutional in Texas v. White, that was a decision of a unionist Court right after the Civil War. Moreover, the decision assumed that the 1781 Articles of Confederation, which spoke of a “perpetual” union, had survived when the Constitution was adopted. Had that been the case, however, the Constitution would not have been ratified until the last state signed on in 1790, and George Washington’s election two years earlier would have been a nullity.”
Buckley is something who “thinks outside the box,” and we badly need this quality today11:16 pm on June 16, 2021 Email David Gordon
Many of you write that you are frightfully discouraged and depressed after 15 months of COVIDCon—and who can blame you? Not only did politicians and bureaucrats raze our lives with the enthusiastic cooperation of virtually all corporations (which grew into the behemoths they are because of our patronage, thus adding insult to injury), the mainstream media, and—unforgivably—”Christian” churches (at least so-called), but far too many of our fellow serfs allowed and even encouraged that destruction.
Yet some of you have had it worse than others. Imagine suffering through this last year by yourself, thousands of miles from your beloved spouse. That’s the situation for one of LRC’s readers I’ll call Adam. His wife is Venezuelan, and she was visiting family there when the government unleashed COVIDCon. Yes, Venezuela, Marxist dystopia where folks starve to death while Maduro fumbles from one commie policy to the next.
I pray for Adam and Eva daily, asking the Lord to smite every politician and bureaucrat putting asunder what He has joined together. I’ve redoubled those prayers since receiving Adam’s latest email with its personal and heartbreaking witness to the toll Marxism exacts from its victims:
[Eva] was hospitalized a few days earlier with an infection of the cartilage between three of her vertebrae, apparently an after-affect of the COVID she had last Fall.
Mere separation wasn’t enough: poor Eva sickened with her adored husband unable to fly to her aid thanks to closed borders.
She was in absolute agony and was prescribed medicine and physical therapy at home. I ran into a situation I’ve been struggling with mightily since she’s been gone, and that’s the ability to send her extra money for emergencies. I thank the Lord that we were able to buy some great health insurance for her and the family down there (you DO NOT want to be without health insurance in Venezuela right now; Socialists, once they run out of other people’s money to steal, renege on their promises of goodies like “free health care for everyone,” and that’s what the Maduro regime has done. Unless you can afford health insurance and private hospitals, you’ll die of neglect in the public ones!) but the insurance didn’t cover her special medicine or physical therapy this time … Fortunately, I’ve been able to send her money, with the help of family…
When I asked Adam for permission to share this tragedy on LRC, he responded,
ANYTHING that will help people to really understand what life under full-blown Marxist Socialism is really like (sometimes I think the MAJORITY Just. Don’t. Get. It – and that applies to many “libertarians,” too). No one will truly understand until they’ve lived through it, but I think that everyone here in the USSA is about to get a firehose full of it soon, if present trends continue.
Please join me in upholding this couple before God’s throne while also praying for revival in our country. We cannot battle Satanic Marxism without a firm foundation in Christ’s Gospel. Only a Biblical and Christian people will reject as sinful the greed, envy, and exploitation on which communism thrives.3:16 pm on June 16, 2021 Email Becky Akers
Some large corporations already observe Juneteenth. Now the Senate has passed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday to celebrate the end of slavery. The legislation will certainly pass in the House and be signed into law.
Suggestion: make every day a federal holiday and make all federal bureaucrats stay home every day. They won’t do as much damage to our life and property that way.
Update: the House has passed the bill. Liberals are upset that 14 “racist” Republicans voted against it.10:05 am on June 16, 2021 Email Laurence M. Vance
All media outlets are reporting that 600,000 Americans have now died of Covid-19. According to the Huff Post, “The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019.”
But these numbers are not equal. When 600,000 Americans died of cancer in 2019 they died of cancer. When 600,000 are said to have died of Covid-19, we don’t know exactly how many actually did. Many died with Covid-19, not from it. Others were said to have had it because of some bogus test. Others died of multiple causes, but it was financially and/or politically expedient to label their death as Covid-19 related.8:35 am on June 16, 2021 Email Laurence M. Vance
The Bolsheviks who occupy the White House are establishing an American Stasi to “report potentially radicalized friends and family members” (i.e., suspected Trump voters, conservatives in general, and especially libertarians) to the “authorities.” Senile Joe himself has labeled all Trump voters as “white supremacists” and called them the greatest threat in terms of “domestic terrorism.” His definition of domestic terrorism is, of course, voting Demo-Bolsheviks like himself out of office.
The Democrat Party is the party of totalitarian communism.5:48 pm on June 15, 2021 Email Thomas DiLorenzo
Épater le bourgeois (shock the middle classes) has been the revolutionary rallying cry of the left in the cultural war against Judeo-Christian morality and the nuclear family for well over a hundred years.
For fascinating, in-depth explorations of bourgeois (middle class) culture, see Schnitzler’s Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914, by Peter Gay; The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud Volume 1: Education of the Senses, Volume 1, by Peter Gay; The Tender Passion: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud, Volume 2, by Peter Gay; The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud, Volume 3, by Peter Gay; The Naked Heart: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud, Volume 4, by Peter Gay; Pleasure Wars: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud, Volume 5, by Peter Gay; Victorian Minds: A Study of Intellectuals in Crisis and Ideologies in Transition, by Gertrude Himmelfarb; The De-moralization Of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values, by Gertrude Himmelfarb; and One Nation, Two Cultures: A Searching Examination of American Society in the Aftermath of Our Cultural Revolution, by Gertrude Himmelfarb; The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce, by Deirdre McClosky; Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t explain the Modern World, by Deirdre McClosky; and Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capitol or Institutions, Enriched the World, by Dierdre McClosky.
The classic and definitive statement of elitist contempt for bourgeois culture is Eminent Victorians, by the scathing, bitchy biographer Lytton Strachey. Strachey, who along with his homosexual lover and fellow Cambridge Apostles initiate, economist John Maynard Keynes, were unabashed advocates of “the higher sodomy,” setting forth the destructive agenda for generations of anti-bourgeois subversion. Later the Apostles served as the breeding nest for treason by spawning Soviet espionage agents Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and Michael Straight.
Following in the degenerate path blazed earlier by Keynes, postmodernist philosopher Michel Foucault sexually assaulted young boys while living in Tunisia.
See also Modernism: The Lure of Heresy, by Peter Gay; Degenerate Moderns: Modernity as Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior, by E. Michael Jones; Dionysos Rising: The Birth of Cultural Revolution Out of the Spirit of Music, by E. Michael Jones; Putting Modernism Together: Literature, Music, and Painting, 1872-1927, by Daniel Albright; France: Fin de Siècle, by Eugen Weber; Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture, by Carl E. Schorske; Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age, by Modris Eksteins; Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider, by Peter Gay; Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin, by Mel Gordon; Modern Times: The Word from the Twenties to the Nineties, by Paul Johnson; The Shock of the New, (DVD) by Robert Hughes; Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story Behind America’s Favorite Movies, by Paul Buhle and David Wagner; Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture, by Chris Robe’; Enemies of Society, by Paul Johnson; The Present Age: Progress and Anarchy in Modern America, by Robert Nisbet; and Culture Wars: The Struggle To Control The Family, Art, Education, Law, And Politics In America.3:51 pm on June 15, 2021 Email Charles Burris
I nominate this airport as the most inappropriately named one in the world.
was stopped at a TSA checkpoint last week after officers discovered a handgun in his carry-on bag. But this wasn’t just any handgun — it was a handgun somewhat disguised as a belt buckle. …TSA officers initially thought the item to be a “large belt buckle with a replica gun on it,” but found it to be “an actual real firearm that could pop out of its decorative metallic oval frame,” according to a press release.
Sounds like a cool accessory, so naturally, the government ginned up hysteria over it. The gentleman had forgotten it was in his bag, which allowed one of the TSA’s spokesliars to thunder, “Claiming to forget that you have a gun with you is inexcusable.”
Forgetfulness is mere human nature.3:42 pm on June 15, 2021 Email Becky Akers
12:41 pm on June 15, 2021
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…has arrested and caged another man of God. That’s the second time for this martyr:
Pastor Tim Stephens was arrested on Monday afternoon on new charges, after Fairview Baptist Church gathered for underground worship for the second week in a row since their church was effectively seized by Alberta Health Services last Saturday.
Alberta authorities were forced to drop other charges against Pastor Tim last month, after discovering that Alberta Health Services never served Pastor Stephens with the court order he was accused of having violated, a requirement under the order. That effectively ended the case against Pastor Tim, but he will now be facing another legal battle.
Everlasting shame on the politicians, bureaucrats, and cops abusing our brothers and sisters. I’m sure Kevin Taylor, who alerted me to this story, joins me in praying that the Almighty will smite them as he did the soldiers attempting to arrest Elijah.9:35 am on June 15, 2021 Email Becky Akers
Congratulations to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny! She has especially irked and infuriated the Marxists, judging by their continuing attacks on her days after her testimony to Ohio’s legislature.
You may recall that last Tuesday, Dr. T, “a Cleveland-based doctor invited as an expert witness … to a hearing in the Ohio House,” delivered “a grave warning for legislators about coronavirus vaccines.”
The rest of this propaganda-masquerading-as-news from the Washington Poo launches one ad hominem attack on Dr. T after another while snidely implying that only Ohio’s hayseeds would buy her quackery. She is “known for spreading unfounded claims,” made “baseless remarks,” and “falsely told legislators” all sorts of whoppers. Believe me, given the WaPoo’s looooonnnnggg record of lying, it should know deception when it sees it. But instead it merely heaps more of its own on Dr. T.
You might think this would have been enough for Our Rulers. But no. Now come more insults-pretending-to-be-news from USAToday (which is reprinted here, for all who refuse to subscribe to commie porn). Dr. T’s statements at the hearing were “widely mocked”; she’s profited—oh, the horror!—from COVIDCon (she “led a COVID-19 conspiracy ‘boot camp’ earlier this year, a six-week online course … 400 people had signed up; at $623 per student, that comes to almost $250,000 in course fees.” And wow, what a munificent amount, surely enough to compensate for the horrific abuse she’s suffered); and “Politifact labeled her testimony ‘false’…” The word “false” appears 5 times in this agitprop, including once in the headline. When was the last time you heard “false” anywhere in the endless prattle about The Usurper? Or read a piece that mentioned how much he and Hunter have recouped from their deals with China? Meanwhile, our wannabe Dr. Goebbels was too lazy to invent more smears, so he recycles not only Politifact’s but other sources, too.
Ergo, kudos to Dr. Tenpenny! May the Lord richly bless this giant as the Marxist horseflies swarm about her ankles!9:20 am on June 15, 2021 Email Becky Akers
Quantitative easing has more turmoil in store to inflict on everyone.
According to rumors, the shooter has a sketchy record well known on Capitol Hill.
Even the few things that government “should do” (protect property, life, and limb, according to conservatives) it doesn’t do very well.
Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC retired:
8:23 pm on June 14, 2021 Email Charles Burris
I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914.
I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ~ H. L. Mencken7:23 pm on June 14, 2021 Email Laurence M. Vance
The Birth of the Nazis: How the Freikorps Blazed A Trail For Hitler, book by Nigel Jones
SOWING THE WIND: THE FIRST SOVIET-GERMAN MILITARY PACT AND THE ORIGINS OF WORLD WAR II, article by Ian Johnson
Germany–Soviet Union relations, 1918–1941 — Wikipedia
Feeding the German Eagle: Soviet Economic Aid to Nazi Germany, 1933-1941, book by Edward E. Ericson III
The dramatic story of Hitler and Stalin’s marriage of convenience has been recounted frequently over the past 60 years, but with remarkably little consensus. As the first English-language study to analyze the development, extent, and importance of the Nazi-Soviet economic relationship from Hitler’s ascension to power to the launching of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, this book highlights the crucial role that Soviet economic aid played in Germany’s early successes in World War II. When Hitler’s rearmament efforts left Germany dangerously short of raw materials in 1939, Stalin was able to offer valuable supplies of oil, manganese, grain, and rubber. In exchange, the Soviet Union would gain territory and obtain the technology and equipment necessary for its own rearmament efforts.
However, by the summer of 1941, Stalin’s well-calculated plan had gone awry. Germany’s continuing reliance on Soviet raw materials would, Stalin hoped, convince Hitler that he could not afford to invade the USSR. As a result, the Soviets continued to supply the Reich with the resources that would later carry the Wehrmacht to the gates of Moscow and nearly cost the Soviets the war. The extensive use in this study of neglected source material in the German archives helps resolve the long-standing debate over whether Stalin’s foreign policy was one of expansionism or appeasement.
Devil’s Bargain: Germany and Russia Before WWII, article by James C. Corum
On A Field of Red: The Communist International and the coming of World War II, book by Anthony Cave Brown
During the 1920s, the WWI allies treated the Soviet Union as a diplomatic leper in reaction to the flagrant interference of the Comintern in western domestic political affairs and the increasingly brutal and antidemocratic character of the Soviet government. Germany, on the other hand, was defeated, friendless, economically prostate, and saddled by the Versailles Treaty with oppressive reparations payments and severe limits on German military power. Not surprisingly, these conditions drove the Germans to seek rapprochement with the other outcast, the Soviet Union. The 1922 Treaty of Rapallo provided the basis for the secret rebuilding of German military strength on Soviet territory and, quid pro quo, for German training and organization of the Red Army. Despite Rapallo, the Comintern continued to agitate for the proletarian revolution in Germany, undermining the Weimar government, and leading to the rise of Hitler.
A Century of Conflict: Communist Techniques of World Revolution, book by Stefan T. Possony
Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West, book by Stephan Koch
Professor Stephen Koch meticulously details the manipulation by the Soviets’ master propagandist Willi Munzenberg of thousands of European and American progressive intellectuals in the inter-war period of the 1920s and 1930s by his vast publishing network and interlocking front organizations under the covert direction of the Communist International (Comintern) and the Soviet secret services of the NKVD and the GRU.
He particularly concentrates upon the intellectual elite that fell under Munzenberg’s sway in this cultural war against the West.
This includes such persons as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Andre’ Malraux, Andre’ Gide, Pablo Picasso, Dorothy Parker, George Grosz, Lincoln Steffens, John Dos Passos, Bertolt Brecht, Lillian Hellman, Dashiell Hammett and Sidney and Beatrice Webb.
This volume shatters myth after historical myth of this critical period. It is one of the most important books I have ever read.
Münzenberg, Koch states, “developed what may well be the leading moral illusion of the twentieth century: the notion that in the modern age the principal arena of the moral life, the true realm of good and evil, is political.”
The notion that – the ethical is the political – and that the highest form of ethical expression was “anti-fascism,” – with the Soviet Union as the publicly-identified, ideologically most dedicated opponent of fascism, thus holding the moral high ground.
This myth was actually built upon the basest of lies.
As Koch demonstrates, from the earliest days of the National Socialist regime in Germany, beginning with the Reichstag Fire less than a month after Hitler became Chancellor, a sinister covert relationship existed between Nazi secret intelligence and their Soviet counterpart.
This clandestine cooperation continued throughout the decade: Hitler’s massacre of Ernst Rohm and his S. A. leadership in the Night of the Long Knives; Stalin’s terror purge of CPSU party members, feckless intellectuals, military officers (most notably Field Marshal Tukhachevsky’s betrayal by documents forged in a Gestapo laboratory), and the murder of tens of millions of ordinary Soviet citizens, reaching its culmination in the Hitler-Stalin Non-Aggression Pact of August, 1939.
Publicly the Soviet Union and their international Popular Front network (of what were secretly designated “useful idiots” or “Innocents’ Clubs”) preached “anti-fascism.”
Covertly Stalin sought accommodation, appeasement, and eventual alliance with Hitler.
But there was something else sinister going on in this same period3:33 pm on June 14, 2021 Email Charles Burris
Says a young Korean woman who escaped the totalitarian hell of North Korea by walking across the Gobi desert at age 13, referring to her experiences at “prestigious” Ivy League Columbia University.
Send your child to an Ivy League School; pay $60,000/year or more for four or five years; watch him turn into an ignorant, slogan-chanting, incapable-of-rational-thought communist.11:58 am on June 14, 2021 Email Thomas DiLorenzo
11:05 am on June 14, 2021 Email Charles Burris
Politicians and activists should stop ratifying the fiction that Omar Mateen was motivated by anti-LGBT hatred. It dishonors the victims and obscures the real motive.
“American political activist and author Jack Posobiec joins Michael Malice this week for a discussion on what Antifa is and why we should care, how a Polish person can be against an “anti-fascist” organization, who Antifa was formed to target and why they consider them social fascists, how questioning the validity of the corporate press is a great first red pill to take, how talking points during the Benghazi attack were written by the CIA, how the black uniforms come in many colors, the story behind the cover of Jack’s new book, who in the corporate media is running interference for Antifa, how Ulrike Meinhof got her start as a left-wing journalist, plus what conservatives don’t understand about the nature of the Antifa movement and so much more!”
Three valuable books to consult on this topic are Posebiec’s The Antifa: Stories From Inside the Black Bloc, Andy Ngo’s Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, and Stephen Koch’s Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West. Here is my Amazon review on the importance of Koch’s brilliant and essential volume.
Jack Posobiec talks to Brett R. Smith about his new book, The Antifa: Stories From Inside The Black Bloc
Above is the egregious and despicable Lincoln Project ad lauding the vicious contemporary anarcho-communist thugs of antifa by comparing them with the valiant allied troops who heroically fought and died fighting the murderous National Socialists of the Third Reich in World War II. See my earlier LRC blog, MSNBC’s Brian Williams Bears an Unmistakable Equivalence to His Predecessor, Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels in Spreading This Vicious Blood Libel.
The Original Parson Goat? prompted Scott Evans to write:
…Any “church” that is named “Church Of …”, followed by the name of a temporal nation, is NOT part of the Body of Christ. Rather, it is a political creation, a skinsuit made to serve the (usually blasphemous and/or demonic) ends of the temporal ruler who created it. The original model, created by the gluttonous, adulterous tyrant King Henry VIII of England, was a “middle finger salute” to the pope who wouldn’t grant Henry a divorce from his first (and only Scripturally legal) wife. No doctrinal disputes with the Catholic church, no spiritual inspiration to challenge the heresies of Rome. Just pure spite and manipulation for vain, self (and Satan)-serving ends. Thus has it been ever since with every other monarch that has created his own “national church.”
Are there devout Christians in the Anglican Church? Absolutely. I fellowshipped with them when I joined one Reformed Anglican church as well as when I subsequently attended another (which couldn’t slam its doors fast enough last March. Bah!). Ditto for other “national” churches. But on the whole, especially given the shenanigans among mainline Episcopalians, Scott’s devastating critique stands.
Christians really need to adopt the mindset that any of the vile offensiveness emanating from any of these skin suit faux churches is irrelevant to the Body of Christ, as these organizations and their human contents are not and never were part of it. The only reason most of us are concerned at all is that these skin suits deceive non-believers into thinking of them as representative of true Christianity. Unfortunately, plenty of other “mainstream” denominations that are every bit as apostate or heretical are also leading them astray. I suppose we just have to take solace in knowing that one of Our Lord’s first acts upon His return is going to be the purging of His church of the chaff and the goats, meaning a quick and painful end to blasphemous, apostate frauds like “the United Church of Canada.”
And some “Christians” eviscerate the Almighty’s righteous judgement to focus exclusively on His love! Again I shout, “Bah!”8:07 am on June 14, 2021 Email Becky Akers
Thirty-seven businesses in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore have stopped paying city taxes until the city government police do something about the explosion of rape, murder, shootings, theft, and vandalism there, all on the heels of a year of government-mandated lockdowns. They also demand that the city start picking up the trash and put an end to all the public urination and defecation in Nancy Pelosi’s home town where her father was once the mayor and congressman. It’s the right move, but I’m not holding my breath. Baltimore’s Demo-Bolshevik/BLM political regime, which has been in control since 1967, is hopelessly stupid, corrupt, and criminal, and only cares about its own power, bribes, and kickbacks, propped up by the burgeoning Baltimore city welfare parasite and criminal classes. They obviously have zero concern for the Fells Point business owners.
Memo to Fells Point Business Owners: Florida is still open for business. Jimmy Kimmel was lying when he said on his late night show that Florida is “America’s North Korea.” His own state of California (or Maryland, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and all other “blue” states) would be a better match.
The city government sponsored a Fells Point “town hall” last Thursday to supposedly discuss all of this and the mayor didn’t even bother to show up.9:37 am on June 13, 2021 Email Thomas DiLorenzo
5:54 pm on June 12, 2021
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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism (Starring Tom Woods & Michael Malice!)
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution (Starring Tom Woods & Michael Malice!)
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Woodrow Wilson & the Origins of Progressivism
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression & the New Deal
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Supreme Court (Starring Tom Woods & Michael Malice!)