The Lamentable Teddy Roosevelt
By Bryan Caplan
Time has put Teddy Roosevelt on the cover of its 5th Annual Special Issue, and the coverage stretches the limits of sycophancy. It reminds me of my high school history textbook, which praised any President who backed new regulations or started a war.
I wish Rothbard’s lectures on Teddy Roosevelt as the pioneer of the “welfare-warfare state” were available to provide an antidote. Unfortunately, audio of his full course on American economic history from the Civil War to the present – which I’ve heard on old-fashioned tapes in its entirely at least ten times – now appears to be unavailable. The best substitutes I could find for Rothbard’s lectures on Roosevelt are here, here, and here.
P.S. If you know a URL where readers can listen to Rothbard’s lectures on Roosevelt, please post it. 🙂