Thursday, July 9, 2020

Taking the 'Truth About Lincoln' Red Pill

Abraham Lincoln 
By Robert Wenzel

Historian Thomas DiLorenzo is out with a new book, The Problem with Lincoln. It could very well be the most important book of the year 2020.

At the half-year mark, I can't think of any other book that comes close.

Chances are that everything you think you know about Abraham Lincoln is untrue.

DiLorenzo writes in his book:
So many books deifying Lincoln have been published that it is nearly impossible for the average citizen who is not a university researcher with an advanced degree to learn much of anything that is truthful about Lincoln and his war...This state of affairs is not surprising in light of the nearly complete dominance of government-funded schools at all levels. Government-funded schools are not likley to be keen on criticizing the government's "greatest president."
DiLorenzo's book is about red pilling you about Lincoln:
This book is intended to challenge the designation of Abraham Lincoln as America's greatest president. Some readers may even decide that he is the worst.
And he is not messing around, at the start, on page 4, he informs us:
The first inaugural address should rightly be known as Lincoln's slavery now, slavery tomorrow and slavey forever speech.
Whatsmore, DiLorenzo does not just make claims, he backs them up in the book with 10 different documents in the appendixes that are a compilation of different Lincoln letters, speeches and other documents that use Lincoln's own words to reveal the truth about him.

DiLorenzo makes the strong case that the Civil War was not because Lincoln wanted to stop southern secession to free the slaves but that
The Northern plutocracy that controlled the Republican Party simply could not countenance a free-trade country adjacent to its own, which is why their house newspapers called for the bombardment of the Southern ports before Fort Sumter. Their dream of a mercantilist empire modeled after the British Empire, with themselves as the major beneficiaries, would die with a competing, free-trade regime next door.
And he gives us insights into Lincoln's political personality:
Rhetorical sleights of hand were Lincoln's specialty; there may never have been another politician better at dishonest rhetoric.
In Chapter 4, DiLorenzo provides an important discussion of "just war" theory and how Lincoln violated the three basic principles of the concept.  That is, DiLorenzo details how Lincoln committed heinous war crimes.

He also explains in the book how slavery was disappearing across most of the world even though it is claimed that Lincoln's civil war was necessary to free the slaves.

And then DiLorenzo informs us about the Emancipation Proclamation:
The Emancipation Proclamation freed nobody because it only applied to two states or parts of states "in rebellion against the United States" that were under the control of the Confederate government and the Confederate Army at the time. All Union territory was exempted from Emancipation, including such states as New Jersey which did not abolish slavery until January 1866, after being forced to do so by the Thirteenth Amendment. 
DiLorenzo ends the book with a frightening warning in this age of the march of cultural Marxism:
 The Marxist left seems to have an enduring kinship with Lincoln, as evidenced by their persistent attempts to use Lincoln legend to push America even further in the direction of socialism. A July 2019 article in the Washington Post gushed about the fact that Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx, who  were born 9 years apart, had mutual friends and communicated with each other in a kind of mutual admiration society.
And so, my friends, you now have a choice, you can stay blue pilled and be ignorant about the real Lincoln or read The Problem with Lincoln and become red-pilled and weaponized for intellectual battles against those uninformed about Lincoln and weaponized against the advancing Marxist front.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.comand Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bankand most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. More about Wenzel here.


  1. I read one of his other books, "The Real Lincoln," which I found to be pretty good (as was "Hamilton's Curse"). I hope his new book isn't too repetitive in relation to his previous Lincoln books.

    1. It's not. This is the powerful Lincoln takedown.

    2. Just put it in my Amazon cart. Thanks.

  2. It think that ship has sailed. They short attention span types are not going to be swayed with books.

    1. The short attention span types have never been swayed by books. It is those that read books who sway the short attention span types. Please read and understand what Hayek meant by second-hand dealers in ideas.