Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government

Author: Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute
Keywords: government, truth, unvarnished, crime, organized
Number of Pages: 232
Published: 2012-07-20
ISBN-10: 1610162552
ISBN-13: 9781610162555

Book Description:

Politics and thieves, coercion and regulation, fascism and the Fed, centralization and liberty, workers and unions, trade and freedom, free-market achievements and government disasters in American history this book covers it all!

Organized Crime collection of essays in the tradition of Austrian political economy a combination of applied economics and the study of governmental reality. Unlike mainstream economists who are content to spin mathematical model after mathematical model which explain little or nothing about the real world, DiLorenzo s focus has always been just the opposite to use economic understanding to gain a better understanding of how the political-economic world works. Austrian economics is indispensable to succeed at this task.

The book is divided into six sections: Coercion and Regulation analyzes various aspects of government regulation of business; Politics and Thieves is of course about the inherent nature of government; Centralization versus Liberty discusses the never-ending quest by statists to monopolize and centralize political power so as to isolate themselves as much as possible from public influence; Money and the State describes the myriad evils of central banking, which was always thought of by its original proponents in America as an engine of corruption; Workers and Unions discusses various labor union myths and superstitions that too often cloud the public s thinking about the reality of labor markets; and Truth and Lies about Markets is a taxonomy of some of the main market-failure myths that have long been used to illegitimately advance the cause of economic interventionism, as well as some newer ones.

In Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government, Thomas J. DiLorenzo strips away the vast apparatus of establishment propaganda and exposes the government smokescreen. No statist lies are safe from his scrutiny. In his straightforward and methodical approach to uncovering truths of freedom, liberty has a champion.

 

Contents

Introduction: Austrian Political Economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix

Section One: Coercion and Regulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

 1. Four Th ousand Years of Price Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

 2. Th e Other War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

 3. Who Will Regulate the Regulators?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

 4. Regulation and the Stock Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

 5. Our Totalitarian Regulatory Bureaucracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

 6. Antitrust, Anti-Truth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

 7. Antitrust Luddites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

 8. Socialized Healthcare vs. the Laws of Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Section Two: Politics and Th ieves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

 9. Pay to Play: Why the Fuss? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 

 10. Fed-ACORN Criminality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

 11. Price Gouging: Th e Real Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

 12. Farmed Robbery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

 13. Th e Founding Father of Crony Capitalism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

 14. Th e Curse of Instigationism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

 15. Th e State’s Media Lapdogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

 

Section Th ree: Centralization versus Liberty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

 16. Freedom and Federalism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

 17. Th e Origins of Nullifi cation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

18. Th e Real Meaning of the Fourth of July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

19. Electing U.S. Senators was a Bad Idea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

20. False Virtue: Th e Politics of Lying About History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

21. How (and Why) the Lincoln Myth was Invented . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

22. Centralization Lets the Worst Rise to the Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

23. Death by Government: Th e Missing Chapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

24. Th e Birth of American Imperialism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

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25. Paul Krugman’s Politically-Correct “Civil War” Delusions . . . . . . . . . . 86

26. Grand Old Tyrants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

27. Facialism: Th e New American System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

28. In Defense of Sedition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

29. Distorting History in the Service of the State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Section Four: Money and the State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

30. Central Banking as an Engine of Corruption. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

31. States’ Rights vs. Monetary Monopoly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

32. How Central Banking Hides the Cost of War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

33. How the Fed Creates Unemployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

34. Th e Myth of a “Libertarian” Fed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

35. Th e Myth of the “Independent” Fed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

36. Why the Government is Responsible for the Sub-Prime

 Mortgage Meltdown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Section Five: Workers and Unions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

37. Th e Political Economy of Government Employee Unions. . . . . . . . . . 143

38. Th e Inherent Violence of Unions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

39. Th e False Ideological Foundation of Unionism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

40. Markets, Not Unions, Give us Leisure and Safety on the Job . . . . . . . . 153

41. Th e Union Conspiracy Against Walmart Employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

42. How “Sweatshops” Help the Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

Section Six: Truth and Lies about Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

43. Th e Truth about the “Robber Barons”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

44. Th e Truth about the Sherman Antitrust Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168

45. Th e Myth of “Natural” Monopoly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

46. Th e Virtues of Tax “Loopholes” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

47. Macroeconomists Discover Economics and Debunk 

 the New Deal (Again) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

48. Will Socialism Make You Happier? Th e Trojan Horse of 

 “Happiness Research” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

49. Th e Canard of “Asymmetric Information” as a Source of 

 Market Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192

50. Th e Real Ethics Problem in America. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

51. Th e Myth of Government Job Creation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

52. Th e Myth of the Male/Female Wage Gap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207


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