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Ralph Raico

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Works Published inSpeeches and PresentationsMises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian StudiesThe Free MarketReview of Austrian Economics, Volumes 1-10Articles of Interest

Ralph Raico (1936-2016) was Professor Emeritus in European history at Buffalo State College and a senior fellow of the Mises Institute. He was a specialist on the history of liberty, the liberal tradition in Europe, and the relationship between war and the rise of the state. He is the author of The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton.

A bibliography of Ralph Raico's work, compiled by Tyler Kubik, is found here.

Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Ralph Raico — the great historian of classical liberalism — strips away the veneer of exalted leaders and beloved wars.

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The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton

BiographiesWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

Were the liberals of the 18th and 19th century truly foreshadowing the hippies of the 1960s, and thereby in need of the correcting force of conservatism to add piety and an appreciation of tradition to their love of freedom?

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Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School

World HistoryHistory of the Austrian School of EconomicsPolitical Theory

Here is the book to learn classical liberalism from the ground up, written by the foremost historian in the Austrian tradition — Ralph Raico.

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John Stuart Mill and the New Liberalism

Protectionism and Free TradePolitical Theory

01/27/2018Mises Daily Articles
Much of the confusion prevailing in the historical study of liberalism can be traced to John Stuart Mill, whose importance is greatly overstated.

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John Prince Smith and the German Free-Trade Movement

John Prince Smith was the creator of the German free trade movement and its leader from the 1840s until his death in 1874.

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Classical-Liberal Exploitation Theory

Free MarketsEntrepreneurshipOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

12/02/2017Mises Daily Articles
Real exploitation in society is perpetrated upon the productive classes (the taxpayers) by the parasite class (the state).

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Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime worse than any that Japanese generals were executed for in Tokyo and Manila.

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Marx's Theory of Stages: The Withering Away of the State Under Socialism

Other Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

04/07/2017Articles of Interest
Ralph Raico looks at Karl Marx's stages of socialism and finds them wanting.

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