We've heard a lot about all the great people who died in 2016. To my mind, though, by far the most important is someone mainstream America has never heard of.
The man I have in mind was probably the most knowledgeable living historian in the libertarian tradition, and a man who influenced me greatly.
I am referring, of course, to Ralph Raico.
Professor Raico had a vast knowledge of the history of liberty, from the ancient world through the maligned Middle Ages, and on through the Industrial Revolution to the present. He refuted myth after statist myth in his iconoclastic work, and left the establishment view in shambles.
The year 2017 marks 100 years since Woodrow Wilson's horrific decision to intervene in World War I. Professor Raico was an expert on the contested question of war guilt in that war, and he was withering on Wilson's foreign policy.
As we recall Wilson's decision this year, we ought to revisit Professor Raico's treatment.
If you are unfamiliar with Professor Raico's work, I'm linking you to a free copy of his excellent book Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal. It's been made available to the entire world at no cost, thanks to the heroic Mises Institute:
Monday, January 02, 2017
100 Years: Woodrow Wilson and Counter Thinking -- A Libertarian Rebuttal
Thanks to Tom Woods for these insights: