The So-Called American “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery

  Two days before Lincoln’s inauguration as the 16th President, Congress, consisting only of the Northern states, passed overwhelmingly on March 2, 1861, the Corwin Amendment that gave constitutional protection to slavery. Lincoln endorsed the amendment in his inaugural address, saying “I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.” Quite clearly, the […]

Refighting the ‘Civil’ War

Lincoln Statue, Fasces. Lincoln Memorial. People of sound mind and reasonable judgment in their personal lives take on characters full of unwarranted confidence and intolerant insistence in public. The couple whose son has a “drug problem” wants the government to start a nationwide treatment program. The guy who can’t get his town sanitation department to […]

The Republican Charade: Clyde Wilson

I want to take a look at this strange institution we know as the Republican party and the course of its peculiar history in the American regime. The peculiar history both precedes and continues after Lincoln, although Lincoln is central to the story. It is fairly easy to construct an ideological account of the Democratic […]