Reassessing the Presidency

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Reassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom  
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Author(s) John V. Denson, others
Country United States
Subject(s) Politics
Genre(s) Non-fiction
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication date 2001
Media type Print, Digital
Pages 791 p. (incl. index)
ISBN 0-945466-29-3

Reassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom is a 2001 collection of essays discussing various aspects of the office of the Presidency in the United States, and several historical US presidents. It was edited by John V. Denson, who also contributed two essays.

Among the contributors are Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Lowell Gallaway, David Gordon, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Yuri N. Maltsev, Joseph T. Salerno, Richard Vedder, and Thomas E. Woods, Jr..


# Title Author Description
  Introduction John V. Denson
1 Rating Presidential Performance Richard Vedder, Lowell Gallaway
2 George Washington: An Image and Its Influence David Gordon Gordon addresses two ways that Washington harmed Americans during his presidency – his support for the US Constitution and the National Bank – and one positive impact: his non-interventionism, as expressed in his Farewell Address.
3 Thomas Jefferson: Classical-Liberal Statesman of the Old Republic H. Arthur Scott Trask
4 Supreme Court as Accomplice: Judicial Backing for a Despotic Presidency Marshall L. DeRosa
5 The Electoral College as a Restraint on American Democracy: Its Evolution from Washington to Jackson Randall G. Holcombe Holcombe traces the Electoral College from its origin as a method of ensuring rule by a political elite to its transformation by state voting laws and especially the election of Andrew Jackson.
6 Martin Van Buren: The American Gladstone Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
7 Abraham Lincoln and the Triumph of Mercantilism Thomas J. DiLorenzo
8 Lincoln and the First Shot: A Study of Deceit and Deception John V. Denson
9 President Andrew Johnson: Tribune of States' Rights H. Arthur Scott Trask, Carey Roberts
10 William McKinley: Architect of the American Empire Joseph R. Stromberg
11 Theodore Roosevelt and the Modern Presidency Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Woods focuses on Roosevelt's belligerent personality, his imperialist foreign policy (especially with respect to the Philippines), his pushing for new regulatory legislation, and his antitrust battle against the railroads.
12 The Use and Abuse of Antitrust From Cleveland to Clinton: Causes and Consequences George Bittlingmayer
13 From Opponent of Empire to Career Opportunist: William Howard Taft as Conservative Bureaucrat in the Evolution of the American Imperial System William Marina
14 Woodrow Wilson's Revolution Within the Form Richard M. Gamble
15 Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal: From Economic Fascism to Pork-Barrel Politics Thomas J. DiLorenzo
16 Roosevelt and the First Shot: A Study of Deceit and Deception John V. Denson
17 Despotism Loves Company: The Story of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin Yuri N. Maltsev, Barry Dean Simpson
18 Harry S. Truman: Advancing the Revolution Ralph Raico
19 From Kennedy's "New Economics" to Nixon's "New Economic Policy": Monetary Inflation and the March of Economic Fascism Joseph T. Salerno
20 The Managerial President Paul Gottfried
21 The President as Social Engineer Michael Levin
22 The Impossibility of Limited Government and the Prospects for a Second American Revolution Hans-Hermann Hoppe Hoppe argues that the US Constitution established tyranny, that the American experiment in limited government has failed and should be ended via localized secession, and that private insurance companies, not governments, are best suited for the production of security.
23 The American President: From Cincinnatus to Caesar Clyde N. Wilson