Despite being stretched for time in just about every aspect of life, I just can’t seem to help continually signing up for the great classes over at The Mises Academy. But after a lifetime of being “educated” by the “public” (government) education system, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Our nation’s schools veer away from any controversy over the most revered figures of the State, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone more revered than “The Great Emancipator”, Abe Lincoln.
The standard tale of “Honest Abe” is that he was just a hard-working honest fella who made an unlikely run for the Presidency, freed the slaves and united the country before being brutally murdered while watching “Little Orphan Annie” (I may be foggy on some of the details.) This tale may provide us with warm and fuzzy feelings, but it doesn’t quite provide us with the truth about Lincoln’s presidency. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say:
Abraham Lincolni/ˈeɪbrəhæmˈlɪŋkən/ (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crises—the American Civil War—preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, strengthening the national government and modernizing the economy. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was self-educated, and became a country lawyer, a Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives during the 1840s.
Well how could anyone argue with that! He “led the United States” through it’s greatest crises – the Civil War. He “preserved” the Union! He abolished slavery! And “modernized” the economy! What’s not to celebrate?
Is it possible Lincoln wasn’t all he was cracked up to be? Did he really free the slaves? Did he “lead” America through its greatest crises – or cause it? And why should all of this matter to libertarians?
There have been countless articles, speeches and books published about the Abraham Lincoln that run contrary to the standard stories we are told about the 16th President. Luckily, the Mises Academy has one of the best – Thomas DiLorenzo, author of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War and Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe to help guide us along the way. While I highly recommend both of these books, the opportunity to learn from DiLorenzo himself is too good to pass up.
So if you want to be armed with the knowledge to refute the myths about Abraham Lincoln, look no further than this great Mises Academy course, Lincoln: Founding Father of the American Leviathan State, starting tomorrow, Thursday May 9,2013! And if you can’t attend live, fear not as all material will be online shortly following the live lectures. Five weeks of solid education from Tom DiLorenzo, all for only $59!
And no, I have no vested financial interest in anyone signing up for this course. I receive no commissions, only the commission of having more informed minds as allies in the never ending battle of tyranny vs liberty, of power vs market. So sign up today, and see myself and Lions of Liberty contributor Joe Beck in the virtual classroom!