Why Christians Should Immediately Become Libertarians

Originally published at Voices of LIberty Roughly a year ago I wrote an article in response to a panel discussion of prominent Christian theologians who were discussing the question of libertarianism’s compatibility with Christianity. Unsurprisingly, the panel was opposed to the idea of libertarian Christianity. Libertarianism, they said, leads to declining morality and necessitates the…

Abraham Lincoln: Hero or Tyrant?

Abraham Lincoln is widely considered one of America’s greatest presidents. Professional historians routinely rank Lincoln at or near the top of their official rankings of the best presidents, with only George Washington consistently able to knock Lincoln out of the top spot. Lincoln’s apocryphal image as “Honest Abe” and his slightly less apocryphal connection to…

Could Slavery Have Ended Without the Civil War?

“But what about slavery?” Anyone criticizing Abraham Lincoln, raising questions about the wisdom of the Civil War or pointing out the war’s political ramifications will inevitably encounter this question. The question raises an understandable concern. Slavery was such a blight on the record of humanity that its end, no matter the manner, is naturally celebrated.…

The Political Legacy of the Civil War

A few years ago, on the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the Independent Institute’s Anthony Gregory remarked that “This event, more than the Declaration of Independence, Constitution or the American Revolution, signifies the true birth of the modern American nation-state.” Anthony elaborated, “It was on this day that the federal government…

Union and Confederate Abuses of Power

Who were the good guys in the Civil War? In modern America, it is taboo to express any belief but that the Union was righteously crusading for freedom. Many of those who dare to express politically-incorrect opinions are inclined to say that it was the Confederacy who was heroically fighting for liberty and independence. But…

Did the North Really Fight to End Slavery?

American schoolchildren are taught two lessons about the Civil War. First, that the southern states seceded in order to protect slavery and second, that the North fought to end it. The first of these statements is largely, though not entirely, true. The Lower South states that seceded during the first wave of secession did secede…

The Antebellum Conundrum: How to End Slavery

By the outbreak of the Civil War, most Americans had come to the realization that slavery was an inherently immoral institution. This was true not only of Northerners, but also of many in the South. As obvious as this conclusion should have been, the incompatibility of slavery with Christianity and natural rights was, at that…

American Racial Attitudes Before the Civil War

Southerners were all slave-owning racists. Northerners believed in racial equality. This is the lens through which Americans view American history up to the Civil War. The war itself, cast in this light, takes on a moral tinge, as morally superior Northerners are seen to have brought retribution and enlightenment to benighted, bigoted Southerners. But are…

Did the South Secede Over Slavery?

It has become somewhat fashionable in recent years for Civil War revisionists to claim that southern secession was unrelated to slavery. The advocates of this position point instead to the decades-long economic battles between the North and South, especially the tariffs favored by the North, as the impetus for the southern states’ departure. The value…

How the States Fought Slavery

Having explored the largely untold story of how the federal government propped up slavery for over half a century, between 1789 and 1861, we can now investigate how the federal government’s actions ignited a states’ rights movement in the North. The existence of such a movement may be surprising to modern readers, who are told that states’ rights…

A Brief History of Slavery and Abolitionism

In the final pages of his biography of James Madison, James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman describes the day of Madison’s death. He writes that as part of the former president’s morning routine, “…a slave who had attended him for nearly seventy years brought his breakfast…” Seventy years! Reading these words conjures…

Unconstitutional Wars, Unintended Results

Originally posted at the Tenth Amendment Center Last week President Obama became the fourth consecutive American president to announce the bombing of Iraq. Obama’s actions dovetail perfectly with American sentiment. According to a recent Washington Post poll, 71% of Americans support bombing the radical insurgents who have overrun Iraq. 65% favor extending the aerial attacks into Syria and…

Americans on July 4th: Like Atheists Celebrating Easter

“We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right…

Ron Paul’s Last Laugh

Republicans always claim to believe in limited government and the free market, never more loudly than when they’re running for president. In 2012, two Republican frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, maintained this tradition, both claiming to have the keys that would unlock the door to freedom and both receiving broad support from the Republican…

Should Christians Become Libertarians? A Rebuttal

In a recent panel discussion, Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, responded to a question about if Christians should become libertarians. Mohler’s response was overwhelmingly against the idea. You can view the clip here: As a Christian and a libertarian, I feel there are a number of problems with both the question…