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Lord Acton

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Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, 1834–1902) was a leading 19th-century historian in the classical-liberal tradition. He watched the growth of the United States with great interest, and lamented the decline of states' rights and federalism. While he was a prolific writer and speaker, his great work, a history of freedom, was never completed.

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The Civil War in America

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

03/29/2010Audio/Video
It is remarkable that the Constitution was little trusted or admired by the wisest and most illustrious of its founders, and that its severest and most desponding critics were those whom Americans revere as the fathers of their country, writes Lord Acton. This audio Mises Daily is narrated by Floy...

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American Federalism and the Civil War

Free MarketsLegal SystemU.S. HistoryEntrepreneurship

03/29/2010Mises Daily Articles
"A theory that identifies liberty with a single right, the right of doing all that you have the actual power to do, and a theory which secures liberty by certain unalterable rights, and founds it on truths which men did not invent and may not abjure, cannot both be formative principles in the same...

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The American Revolution

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

03/17/2010Audio/Video
The motive was empire on one side and self-government on the other. It was a question between liberty and authority, between government by consent and government by force, writes Lord Acton. This audio Mises Daily is narrated by Floy Lilley.

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The American Revolution

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03/17/2010Mises Daily Articles
"The powers of the federal government were actually enumerated, and thus the states and the union were a check on each other. That principle of division was the most efficacious restraint on democracy that has been devised."

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Essays on Freedom and Power

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/22/1949Books
Freedom and Power collects Lord Acton's most important writings on a theme that would define his reputation for more than a century: the corruptions of power.

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