Week in Review: August 19, 2017

By: Mises Institute
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The headlines this week were dominated by last weekend’s events at Charlottesville. Of course, instead of rejecting the the sort of overly politicized society that makes such escalation inevitable, politicians of both sides tried to seize the moment. As such, we have the returning distraction over the battle over confederate monuments — an issue easily remedied by privatizing them.

Lost in the noise of yet another pseudo event  is the true root of political violence: the rejection of genuine liberalism. The growth of government comes at the expense of civility.

For this week’s Mises Weekends, we’re excited to share the first episode of a new Mises Institute podcast, “Historical Controversies.” Hosted by Chris Calton, a Mises Fellow, “Historical Controversies” is a series that applies a Rothbardian revisionist look at important sagas in American history. The first season covers the War on Drugs, highlighting the role of the US government in fanning the flames of America’s drug epidemic.

As Murray Rothbard said, “History necessarily means narrative, discussion of real persons as well as their abstract theories, and includes triumphs, tragedies, and conflicts, conflicts which are often moral as well as purely theoretical.”

Along these lines, Chris interweaves personal stories alongside facts and anecdotes that you will never find in a government approved curriculum. The result is a show that will both entertain and enlighten. We hope you will enjoy the first episode of “Historical Controversies,” and will subscribe for new episodes every week.

And in case you missed them, here are this weeks Mises Wire and FedWatch articles, covering a wide array of topics:

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