Phillip W. Magness

Historian – 19th century United States

Of Irish Famines, Slavery, and the libeling of laissez-faire

| September 6, 2014

In a recent column for the Washington Post, political scientist Henry Farrell attempted to lay part of the blame of two notorious historical events on what he sees as a “laissez faire” mentality that operates at the expense of human suffering. The occasion for Farrell’s claim is a curious one. He employed an ill-worded and somewhat tactless review […]