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Today’s guest is Jeffrey Rogers Hummel of San Jose State University. He is the author of Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War.

This book combines a sweeping narrative of the Civil War with a bold new look at the war’s significance for American society. Professor Hummel sees the Civil War as America’s turning point: simultaneously the culmination and repudiation of the American revolution.

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  • Balance and harmony and reciprocity are all part of the natural order. Subsidiarity is the reciprocal of federation and both are necessary. The rising cry for secession is really just the equilibrium forces at work as things are being moved towards balance and harmony.

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  • People tend to think that despots are a surprise. Suddenly a society encounters a Hugo Chavez, a Hitler, a Fidel Castro, Mussolini. After that society suffers as a victim the rigors of despotism. In this book I put myself away of the the myth of the innocent society. On the contrary, the despot is the product of misconceptions that have been injected or prevail in a society. They are very specific ideas, completely incompatible with the notion of limited government, representation and rule of law. The book is now available in the Liberty.me library to download. Those misconceptions, which are not exhausted in this list are: identification of dictatorship with physical violence, absolute democracy, social democracy, egalitarianism, the class struggle, identifying legislative will of state law and the pursuit of government wise, the income tax even the notion that the press is going to keep us free. And there is an answer that we can search together: Can this happen in the USA? Just ask yourself if these misconceptions are already settled.

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  • I’ve been following a lot of the commentary pertaining to the bitcoin blockchain block size limit.  Many acknowledge that Satoshi introduced the 1 MB block size as a spam control measure, yet they all argue about replacing the 1 MB limit with another limit (or means of automatically adjusting the limit).  It finally occurred to me that if the limit is meant for spam control, and the limit is problematic, we need a new spam control mechanism rather than a new limit.  Can anyone suggest an alternative to block size limits?  What if mining fees increased exponentially with transaction size (data size in bytes, not value)?  Feel free to include related thoughts, e.g. tenor of the debate, etc.

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  • Regarding this video from @akokesh: LiveLeak.com – The Restraint of Muslims (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE) | Adam Kokesh I created a LL account for the first time to get involved in the discussions over there. Pretty interesting responses. Everyone there is assuming Adam is a Muslim or a Jew, or claiming he “forgot” 9/11 (when he referenced it in the video), or calling it “bullshit” without substantiation. I’m interested as to the Lme userbase’s response. Please watch the whole thing before commenting.

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  • The two great protectors of classical liberalism societies are greatly diminished in these, the Dark Ages of economics! They are: Secession and Emigration! Compounding the emigration problem is the lack of a universal auxiliary language. If everyone in the world learned their native tongue and one universal language adopted around the world as the universal auxiliary language then you or I could move to Spain, or China, or Brazil, let’s say, and function normally. This will be one of the very early transformations in human relationships once we leave the Dark Ages of economics and enter into the enlightened period of classical liberalism societies.

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