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Abraham Lincoln: Centralizing Class Warrior


  • William Barnett II

    (Chase Distinguished Professor of International Business and Professor of Economics, Joseph A. Butt, S. J. College of Business Administration, Loyola University)

  • Walter Block

    (Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business Administration, Loyola University)


Abraham Lincoln was the great centralizer. His War of 1861 was only the tip of the iceberg in this regard. This core of his philosophy can also be seen in his “contributions” to class warfare, the American “system” of public works, strong tariff protection, public lands policy, welfare payments to large corporate interests, and in the contrasts between the Confederate and the U.S. Constitutions.

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  • William Barnett II & Walter Block, 2010. "Abraham Lincoln: Centralizing Class Warrior," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 5(2), pages 39-51, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:5:y:2010:i:2:p:39-51

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