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

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Crown Publishing Group, Oct 21, 2008 - History - 256 pages
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Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton--two of the most influential Founding Fathers--were also fierce rivals with two opposing political philosophies and two radically different visions for America.

While Jefferson is better remembered today, it is actually Hamilton’s political legacy that has triumphed--a legacy that has subverted the Constitution and transformed the federal government into the very leviathan state that our forefathers fought against in the American Revolution. How did we go from the Jeffersonian ideal of limited government to the bloated imperialist system of Hamilton’s design? Acclaimed economic historian, Thomas J. DiLorenzo reveals how Hamilton, first as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and later as the nation’s first and most influential treasury secretary, masterfully promoted an agenda of nationalist glory and interventionist economics. These core beliefs did not die with Hamilton in his fatal duel with Aaron Burr, but were carried on through his political heirs.

The Hamiltonian legacy wrested control into the hands of the federal government by inventing the myth of the Constitution’s “implied powers, transforming state governments from Jeffersonian bulwarks of liberty to beggars for federal crumbs. It also devised a national banking system that imposes boom-and-bust cycles on the American economy; saddled Americans with a massive national debt and oppressive taxation, and pushed economic policies that lined the pockets of the wealthy and created a government system built on graft, spoils, and patronage.

By debunking the Hamiltonian myths, DiLorenzo exposes an uncomfortable truth: the American people are no longer the masters of their government but its servants. Only by restoring a system based on Jeffersonian ideals can Hamilton’s curse be lifted, at last.

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Hamiltons Curse A Blessing

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This wellwritten book offers an important response to the mainstrream view of Hamiltons role in the American tale. Although it is not as heavily footnoted as say Amity Schlaess The Forgotten Man and ... Read full review

Hamilton's curse: how Jefferson's archenemy betrayed the American revolution-- and what it means for Americans today

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Recent scholarship has lauded Alexander Hamilton as one of the most important and influential of the Founding Fathers. DiLorenzo (economics, Loyola Coll.; Lincoln Unmasked) sets out to challenge this ... Read full review


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THOMAS J. DILORENZO is the author of The Real Lincoln and How Capitalism Saved America. A professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he has written for the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Washington PostReader’s DigestBarron’s, and many other publications. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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