Tag: race
Frederick Douglass: Lion of Individualist Liberalism

Blight, the Yale historian, is hardly unique in his misrepresentation of the classical liberal tradition.

Simple Democracy versus Racial Justice in the USA

I spent a large amount of my research time in the 1970s and early 1980s engaged in studies of race and economics in the USA, especially in the South. Among the conclusions I reached as a result of this work is one that pertains to l’affaire Nancy MacLean. MacLean loves simple majority rule, and…
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50 Years of Mischief: The Triumph and Trashing of the Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act was not a perfect law—no law is perfect–but it did embody two principles of the long civil rights movement: First, the individual (not the group) is the measure of justice. Secondly, nondiscrimination is mandatory for the government and worth pursuing in our private lives. If policymakers had enforced the Civil Rights Act in good faith, time might have eroded the tendency to view others as members of a group, rather than as individuals.

Classical Liberalism and the Fight for Civil Rights

Over at Reason.com, Damon Root has a review of my new book Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader (University Press of Kentucky, in association with the Independent Institute). It is available here and here (Amazon is currently discounting). The softcover is priced for classroom adoption and general readership, and as blurb-writer Juan…
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Mississippi’s Pioneering Gun and Ammunition Control Law

Be it enacted,…That no freedman, free negro or mulatto, not in the military service of the United States government, and not licensed by the board of police of his or her county, shall keep or carry firm-arms of any kind, or any ammunition, dirk or bowie knife….and it shall be the duty of every…
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Remembering R.C. Hoiles: Civil Rights Pioneer

Recently, I wrote a column on libertarian publisher R.C. Hoiles for the Freedom Communication newspaper chain, including the Orange County (California) Register. Hoiles founded this chain and fought for liberty in all its many forms, including racial liberty. He is profiled in my forthcoming book Race and Liberty: The Classical Liberal Tradition of Civil…
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