America’s Hamiltonian Empire of Lies, by Thomas DiLorenzo

Here is a welcome antidote to Broadway’s Hamilton hagiography. From Thomas DiLorenzo at

In his essay, “Anatomy of the State,” Murray Rothbard wrote of how states preserve their power with a number of tools, most notably an alliance with “intellectuals.”  In return for power, positions, and pelf, the “intellectuals” work diligently to persuade “the majority” that “their government is good, wise and, at least, inevitable.”  This is the “the vital stock task of the intellectuals.”  The “molding of opinion” is what “the State most desperately needs” if it is to maintain is powers, wrote Rothbard.  The citizens themselves do not invent theories of the benevolent state; that is the job of the “intellectuals.”

In his outstanding new book, How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America (foreword by Ron Paul), historian Brion McClanahan explains with sterling scholarship how one “intellectual” in particular, Alexander Hamilton, invented out of whole cloth a mythical founding of the American state that bears no resemblance at all to the actual, historical founding.  His intellectual successors, most notably Supreme Court justices John Marshall, Joseph Story, and Hugo Black, cemented this myth of the benevolent, consolidated, monopolistic state through decades of legal opinions based on a mountain of lies.

This of course is exactly what John C. Calhoun observed during his time when he wrote in his 1850 Disquisition on Government that a written constitution would inevitably be “rewritten” by “the party of government” in a way that would neuter it as a source of limitations on governmental powers.

Hamilton has become “the new hero of the Left,” writes McClanahan, for the Left has finally realized that he was “the architect of modern big government in America,” something that many conservatives have long failed to realize.  Hamilton’s voluminous writings formed the bedrock for generations of legalistic arguments that perverted the Constitution and created the “insane modern leftist legal world.”  It was Hamilton and his ideological heirs who invented the “loose construction” and “implied powers” theories of the constitution, which has so “screwed up” America.

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One response to “America’s Hamiltonian Empire of Lies, by Thomas DiLorenzo

  1. From the article:
    “Justice Joseph Story (“Marshall’s right-hand man”), … a Supreme Court justice and a Harvard law professor,… lied through his teeth, in other words, to advance the idea that the founding fathers created a consolidated, monopolistic, centralized state even more powerful and monopolistic than the British empire … that the states were never sovereign, that the central government is “sovereign” in all matters, implied powers, and all the rest, …”

    These were not lies. They were, and are, truths that many founders with opposite intentions should have realized BEFORE they ratified the U.S. Constitution (which, btw, was the real “worst mistake in US history”).

    The first clue should have been Hamilton’s re-definition of the word “federal” to mean the exact opposite of what it had always previously meant (i.e. pertaining to a TREATY among sovereign states, and NOT the ceding of sovereignty absolutely required by the U.S. Constitution).

    Something the European nations should have learned from the creation of the U.S. as a nation (rather than a confederacy), is that you can’t give up “just a little” sovereignty. Or, at least, that if you want sovereignty back, you must fight a war — against a usually superior power.

    Something we should learn from the creation of the U.S. as a nation, and from the European Union, is that the excuse for such consolidations and cessions of “just a little” sovereignty is always the same ….. DEBT.


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