A more appropriate title for Abraham Lincoln is not The Great Emancipator but The Great Centralizer.
In the eyes of many Americans, Lincoln is the most important american political figure because the War between the States so fundamentally transformed the nature of American government.
Lincoln thought of himself as the heir to the Hamiltonian political tradition, which sought a much more centralized government, one that would plan economic development with corporate subsidies, financed by protectionist tariffs and printing the money by the central government.
This agenda achieved little political success during the first seventy years of the nation’s existence, but was fully implemented during the first two years of the Lincoln administration.
Before the War, government in America was limited, highly decentralized, and worked for the defense of individual liberties. The War created the highly centralized state Americans labor under today.
The Constitution stood in the way of Lincoln’s political ambitions. Lincoln’s illegal acts are precedents that did irreparable harm to constitutional liberty in America:
- He launched a military invasion without the consent of congress.
- Suspended Habeas Corpus; imprisoning thousands of northern citizens without trial for merely opposing his policies.
- Censored all telegraph communication.
- Imprisoned dozens of opposition newspaper publishers.
- Nationalized railroads.
- Used federal troops to interfere with elections.
- Confiscated firearms.
- Deported an opposition member of congress, Clement L. Villandigham after he opposed Lincoln’s tax proposal.
- Destroyed the idea of the Union as a voluntary association of states.
Lincoln was not a champion of equality
- Between 1854 and 1860 On at least fourteen occasions Lincoln said unambiguously that he believed that the negro race was inferior to the white race.
- Lincoln was a lawyer who in 23 years of litigation never defended a runaway slave, but defended slaveowners.
- Lincoln met in the White House with freed black leaders and implored them to lead a colonization movement back to africa, and developed plans to send every last black person to Africa, Haiti, and Central America.
- In his famous Cooper Union speech of 1860, he advocated the peaceful deportation of blacks.
Dozens of countries ended slavery peacefully during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries but only the United States had warfare associated with emancipation. There was violence during the abolition in some other countries as Colombia and Venezuela, where the emancipation became an instrument of the revolutionaries who sought state power.
In virtually every other country there was some form of compensated emancipation, the cost of the War between states was approximately $6.6 billion the North’s share would have been more than enough to purchase the freedom of every slave (and give each one 40 acres of land and a mule).
Lincoln was a Mercantilist
Lincoln sugarcoated the centralization of governmental power by repeatedly referring to it as “Saving the Union” to install his combination of policies known as Mercantilism.
Mercantilism as defined by economist Murray Rothbard is:
A system of statism which employed economic fallacy; Special subsidies, monopolistic privilege, protectionist tariffs, to privilege groups favored by the state.
Consumers pay higher prices because of reduced competition and fewer choices.
National banking is part of the mercantilist agenda, if government simply print paper money in order to finance subsidies, the economic cost becomes the inflation.
It was mercantilism, the very system that Adam Smith railed against in his epic defense of capitalism, “The Wealth of Nations”
Karl Marx himself wrote Lincoln in 1964:
Sir: We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority.
Get all the details of the real Lincoln in this two books by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.: