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  • Hardcover
  • 245 pages
  • Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution--and What It Means for Americans Today
  • Thomas J. DiLorenzo
  • English
  • 15 November 2019
  • 9780307382849

10 thoughts on “Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution--and What It Means for Americans Today

  1. says:

    Thomas Jefferson Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases Thomas Jefferson We as a society honor Thomas Jefferson, we laud his intelligence, name him as one of the greatest founding fathers and thinkers in American history YET we have chained ourselves to a growing government that has now become so big and bloated it threatens to destroy the very America that Jefferson envisioned We honor Jefferson, yet we adopted Hamilton s plan his governmental world view Did we do it knowingly Can we undo the damage This is not a light or easy read, but I recommend it highly.


  2. says:

    It is rare, if not entirely atypical, for me give a book 1 star But this one deserved just that In the first 30 pages of the book, there was blunt, unjustified, and sometimes even flawed bias than any rational, historical argument Let s look at page 31 32 for instance You ll see what I am talking about First, DiLorenzio informs us of our ignorance by saying that Hamilton s language is rather convoluted by modern standards but I ll give you a vague example of what he said so you won t understand a single freaking bit of it and let ME draw the conclusions Then he states in Hamilton s opinion, the Commerce Clause allowed for government planning of every economic enterprise This is followed by NO WONDER Jefferson, Madison, and other devotees of the constitution thought of Hamilton as a deadly enemy of the free society What is he IMPLYING In theory, what does corporate welfare protected by government HAVE TO DO with FREEDOM and general security of the people of the United States YES, he even said Hamilton advocated having the federal government grant bounties to the manufacturers of certain items known TODAY as corporate welfare Yes, DiLorenzio, you just contradicted yourself, for Hamilton s policy DOES exist today and nowhere do I see it limit our PERSONAL freedom In fact, why would Hamilton OPPRESS people, as these devotees claimed, if he NEEDED their faith in federal government True, this is also quite subjective, but let s look on the logical side Hamilton aimed for support of the rich, and HE GOT IT, and was able to create the BASIS for the AMERICA we know today Meanwhile, Jefferson DREAMED of equality for all yes, he DREAMED Well, keep dreaming Jefferson, for your COERCIVE, HATED Embargo Act was not quite up to par with your fantasies of a perfect majority rule government, and the Louisiana Purchase was an elephant of a showcase for FEDERAL government Devotees Ha Some devotees That did not even WANT a constitution in the first place See, nice philosophies of a passive central government don t quite work out Hamilton did what he had to DiLorenzio creates a veil around this to blur the circumstances of the time, leaving the reader with a one sided, dry approach to the era where there was no right and wrong, where humanity prevailed and history lives on with us This is not a biography, as DiLorenzio warned us in the beginning, but it is not a diplomatic approach to history either It is a sarcastic, misleading commentary of only the actions of Hamilton The author s aim was to show in what ways they flawed or aimed to flaw personal liberty Hazy bits of phrases from Hamilton are thrown in there in an attempt to convince the reader into believing extremely controversial assertions in fact, half of the book is primary or historian quotes Nice, job, DiLorenzio You may have fooled some, but you can t fool history Don t read this nonsense Read The Federalist Papers, the Aurora, letters and documents, diplomatic history books and anything you can find, just don t base your approach to history on one man s personal conclusions.


  3. says:

    4.0 stars I thought this was a terrific book that made some very good arguments as well as being easy to read While I can t say I agree with everything the author said being favorably disposed to a strong foreign policy than the author , I think he makes a compelling argument for how the implementation of Hamilton s vision of the U.S has led to our government being bloated, top heavy and detrimentally centralized, in direct conflict with the ideals of the founding fathers and the drafters of the U.S Constitution Particularly interesting to me were the following Chapters Chapter 4 on the expansion of governmental powers by the Supreme Court through Judicial Review Chapter 5 on the evils of tariffs, corporate welfare and protectionism and Chapter 7 on how the passing of the 16th and 17th Amendment to the Constitution authorizing the income tax and the direct election of Senators respectively basically sounded the death knell for Jeffersonian federalism and States rights Definitely geared toward the libertarian minded, but a fantastic read and one I highly recommend.


  4. says:

    Utterly biased borderline propaganda.


  5. says:

    Hamilton s Curse continues the welcome revisionist history tradition of the scholars of the Mises Institute and the Lew Rockwell circle With this book, Prof DiLorenzo goes back earlier in American history to expand on the thesis he presented in his two prior works on Abraham Lincoln The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked , i.e the lamentable victory of the empire builders, strong central government advocates, and mercantilists of the Federalist Party tradition over the Jeffersonian limited government faction With this book, DiLorenzo convincingly buttresses his earlier argument that the Lincoln administration and the War Between the States dealt the fatal blow to States Rights, federalism, and for all intents and purposes, the American Constitution in its original conception.The author uses direct quotations from Hamilton s hagriographers, as well as his detractors, to prove his case All of them view Hamilton as the father of the type of government we have today, and all agree that Jefferson s vision effectively died with the defeat of the South and the States Rights doctrine The disagreements between the two camps are many and profound, of course, as they are based on profound differences in political philosophy The reader will bring his own prejudices to bear as to whether Hamiltonian America is the way the country should have gone, but an honest reader will not easily dismiss the evidence of political chicanery, double dealing, and corruption at the highest levels of government that the Hamiltonians used to win their fight True, politics ain t beanbag, but I will leave it up to the interested reader to judge whether the Hamiltonians were the good or bad guys Tax and spend liberals and conservative imperialists will doubtless disagree with my answer.If I have one criticism of this book, it s the final chapter s prescription on how to roll back the damage caused by the Hamiltonians Prof DiLorenzo is a minarchist and believes that if we repealed the 16th income tax and 17th popular election of Senators Amendments, abolished the Federal Reserve, restored the doctrine of States Rights, repealed all the laws that perverted the meaning of the Commerce Clause, and so on, we would be back to the Jeffersonian vision and, presumably, on the right track for good and all I m just a bit cynical about the prospects for good government , no matter what its size I say, why not permantly castrate the central government and go all the way back to the Articles of Confederation as a first step After that, why not convene an Anarchy Convention to figure out how to eliminate the scourge of government from our lives and our country, forever.But that s just me What do you think


  6. says:

    Many worship Hamilton blindly What they don t realize is that Hamilton spent his political life trying to turn us into England Hamilton and his buddy s mostly his buddies got rich off his banking and government bond schemes He disregarded the constitution, he called it a frail and worthless piece of fabric and is responsible for implicit interpretation He turned the general welfare clause into a blank check It s also interesting that he had slaves When history books praise him for being anti slavery I guess they omit that part.This book is about Hamilton vs Jefferson Hamilton constantly pushed for a strong central government He argued that the states never had sovereignty He wanted a standing army of tax collectors He tried to have the tax evaders in the Whiskey Rebellion executed He was a nut He was a protectionist and a mercantilist His party was dissolved because his ideas were so unpopular His ideas were later revived when the Federal Government became stronger, and they came back with a fury We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton s country.


  7. says:

    Outstanding book Every high school student should read this book More than that, every American should read this book DiLorenzo does an outstanding job of demonstrating the course that our nation has took since the Constitution was ratified Hamilton did not leave us a blessing For those who are tired of the status quo, you must read book this to understand the issues deeper I have often been frustrated that people are tired of big government and yet still support people such as Mitt Romney, etc That is far too shallow of an understanding of what is going in this country This book is a great primer on the real issues we are facing.


  8. says:

    If I had to sum up this book in a way as short and sweet as I possibly could, it would be A wonderful fountain of political propaganda A wonderful fountain of bias by omission To emphasize, let s read a passage from the first chapter The liberal reverence for Hamilton s statism has progressed to the point that in 2006 the Brookings Institution, the nation s leading liberal think tank The LIBERAL political scientist Stephen F Knott, recognized Hamilton as the founder of a great republican empire And to those on the other side of the political spectrum, who also have respect for the man who founded the mint, coast guard, and national bank These conservatives would change their minds if they understood the REAL Hamilton Do you get it, he doesn t like liberals This wouldn t be a problem normally to me, I tend to consider myself someone rather open to both sides of the political spectrum, if this didn t end up twisting history in an abundance of ways While he laughs at renowned biographers such as Chernow for oddly label ing Hamilton an abolitionist despite the fact he owned slaves and never endorsed abolition per se claiming that he bends over backward to downplay Hamilton s slave ownership, he laughingly never mentions Jeffersons status as a slave owner 135 slaves who Only mentioning that he endorsed a plan to end the slave trade that one time Who s bending over backwards now Not to mention the importance of the per se there in his letters to John Jay, Hamilton says, The contempt we have been taught to entertain for the blacks, makes us fancy many things that are founded neither in reason nor experience, supports the emancipation of black soldiers, amongst other things On the other hand, which historical figure was calling them a lesser spec sorry, getting ahead of myself Now, while both men did have an incredible impact, changing our lives today, this book will lead you to believe that the work was only thanks to Jefferson, and that Hamilton was the evil monarchist attempting to take him down However, he does certainly have some good points that other biographers such as Chernow, Hacker, Sedgwick, and certainly Wilser left out, so, if you have the patience, it s not an entirely worthless read just make certain that you bring a palate cleanser, preferably in one of those aforementioned authors.


  9. says:

    Loved parts of it, hated other parts Great presentation of the increasing centralization of power within the federal government, but goes overboard in his vilification of Hamilton Worth reading, but you must pair it was a less biased book or even a favorable book on Hamilton I suggest Ron Chernow s.UPDATE Rereading this book and downgraded my rating from 3 stars to 2 stars DiLorenzo really misunderstand Hamilton and the debate that existed in the founding period.


  10. says:

    Only a fringe libertarian crackpot would write something with this selective of a view of history arguing that the mainstream Federalist point of view is responsible for the modern liberal misinterpretation of the Federalist point of view A dumb book that no one active in the public square would ever take seriously.


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About the Author: Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Thomas James DiLorenzo is an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland He identifies himself as an adherent of the Austrian School of economics He is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and an associated scholar of the Abbeville Institute He holds a Ph.D in Economics from Virginia Tech.