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Reassessing the Presidency: Book and Lectures

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In 2001, the Mises Institute published Reassessing the Presidency The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom, by John V Denson, which examines the role of the US presidency in warmaking, police powers, and a variety of attacks on private property and human rights. Hint: the effect is bad.

Here it is free online, and here it is in book form and e book form.

In addition to the book, check out the recorded audio lectures from 2004’s Reassessing the Presidency Seminar:

The President as Social Engineer by Michael Levin Unimagined Power: The Presidency in the History of Political Philosophy by Paul Gottfried

Harry Truman and the Imperial Presidency by Ralph Raico Tricking Us Into War: The Cases of Lincoln and Roosevelt by John V. Denson

The Use of George Washington in the Statist Offensive by David Gordon Lincoln and the Triumph of Mercantilism by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

The Impossibility of Limited Government: The Prospects for a Second American Revolution by Hans-Hermann Hoppe The Warren Commision: A Rothbardian Analysis by James Dunlap

Martin van Buren: What Greatness Really Means by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

William McKinley: Architect of the American Empire by Joseph R. Stromberg

Presidential Money Mismanagement from FDR to Nixon by Joseph T. Salerno

The Electoral College as a Brake on Presidential Power: Its Evolution From Washington to Jackson by Randall G. Holcombe

Teddy Roosevelt and the Origins of the Modern Welfare-Warfare State by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Despotism Loves Company: The Story of Roosevelt and Stalin by Yuri N. Maltsev

Woodrow Wilson's Revolution Within the Form by Richard Gamble

Reluctant Imperialism? William Howard Taft and the Colonial Empire by William Marina

Presidential Use and Abuse of the Sherman Act: Cleveland to Clinton by George Bittlingmayer

The Supreme Court as Accomplice: Judicial Backing for Executive Power by Marshall DeRosa

From Bad to Worse: Interventionist Bias in Conventional Presidential Rankings by Richard Vedder

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for Mises Wire and The Austrian, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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