The Real Lincoln

8:28 pm in Books by James W. Garlington

In order to fix a problem, you generally need to know what caused it.  So it is with our out-of-control federal government.  It all started with FDR and LBJ, right?  Nope.  In order to get to the root of the problem, we have to go farther back – back to President Lincoln. 

That is the contention of Professor Thomas DiLorenzo in his book The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War.  From nationalized banking to federal subsidies for private businesses to the subjugation of states and localities to the federal government, all were championed and implemented by Pres. Lincoln while in office.

With these revelations, along with startling details about his administration’s conduct during the Civil War that generally go unmentioned in standard history books, Prof. DiLorenzo helps us view Lincoln with clearer eyes and understand that – to use the title of one of the books referenced by DiLorenzo – while he made free men of slaves during his day, he has made slaves of free men in the long run. 

Pick up the very affordable paper back version, and you will more than likely find yourself agreeing with DiLorenzo that Lincoln, rather than being known as the Great Emancipator, should be known as the Great Centralizer.