Anthony Hall and Thomas DiLorenzo are both highly-accomplished professors hailing from very different perspectives and scholarly traditions. But they have one very important thing in common: Both are mavericks who aren’t afraid to think outside the box and pick apart the conventional wisdom. Back in the days of free speech and free inquiry, that used to be a cardinal virtue.
First hour: Anthony Hall is Professor of Globalization Studies, University of Lethbridge; author, The American Empire and the Fourth World and Earth Into Property. That two-volume revisionist history of recent centuries, told with an emphasis on the perspective of indigenous peoples, is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what is really going on on this troubled planet. His article From Hiroshima to Fukushima, 1945-2011: A Nuclear Narrative of Hubris and Tragedy was the subject of our Nagasaki Day interview last summer. His latest article, and the main subject of today’s interview, takes on election fraud – specifically, the evidence that the Republican Party’s degeneration into a wholesale-vote-theft crime mob (as evidenced by the stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, Karl Rove’s apparent murder of his voting-machine-fixer Mike Connell, etc.) has metastasized and infected the Canadian Conservative Party.
Second hour: Thomas DiLorenzo, Professor of Economics at Loyola University in Maryland, is one of the world’s leading pro-freedom economists. A Senior Fellow at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, he is well-known for his books Lincoln Unmasked and The Real Lincoln, which debunk “the Lincoln cult” and show that the Lincoln presidency was less about freeing slaves than enslaving everyone to limitless federal power (and killing around 700,000 people in the process). His latest article, “Rethinking America’s Supreme Judicial Dictatorship,” addresses what may have been the fatal flaw in the Constitution: Giving the federal government the power to decide the limits, or lack of limits, on its own power. Given that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, it shouldn’t have been hard to see where THAT would end. So how did the anti-federalists – the folks with a grain of common sense – get beaten by the statists and buried by history? Let’s ask Professor DiLorenzo!