Phillip W. Magness

Historian – 19th century United States

Babies cause low wages and unemployment, Keynes Edition

| January 29, 2014

Earlier this week Paul Krugman ventured into the history of economic thought as part of his longstanding blog crusade against Austrian business cycle theory. The post presents Krugman’s own truncated synopsis of another anonymous blogger’s not particularly dispassionate summary of what an incomplete review of the secondary literature has to say on Ludwig von Mises’ early reactions to the […]

In search of Spooner’s lost papers

| January 19, 2014

When Lysander Spooner died in 1887 he left behind a body of books, pamphlets, essays, and newspaper columns covering almost half a century. But he also left something more, at least according to reports at the time. One such example comes from the author of his primary eulogy and, in many ways, intellectual heir Benjamin […]

Lysander Spooner in 1885: Abolish the Police!

| January 18, 2014

It should not come as a surprise, but Lysander Spooner opposed the establishment of a “professional” police force in Boston and espoused its abolition in a speech on April 17, 1885. As reported in the Boston Investigator:

A brief guide to colonization documents omitted from the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

| January 7, 2014

For more than half a century the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler, has been the standard go-to volume for a compendium of known documents authored by Abraham Lincoln. As might be expected with any collection that attempts to aggregate the writings of a prolific political figure, many documents were overlooked […]