No Minister

A Superb Book Review

Dishonest About Abe

Dishonest About Abe

by Thomas L. Krannawitter

With malice towards all and charity towards none of Lincoln’s principles and actions, ‘The Real Lincoln’ is the latest attempt to finish the job so ignobly begun by John Wilkes Booth in April 1865.

Written by adolffinkensen

May 8, 2021 at 6:53 pm

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  1. Better watch it, Adolf. I’m sure I know what nutter this will attract as he’s been banging away on this for ages.

    Tom Hunter

    May 8, 2021 at 7:34 pm

  2. Holy shit. Having read the whole thing I’d have to say that’s one of the most brutul book reviews I’ve ever read. This is how it finishes:

    These examples barely begin to sketch the real political world in which Abraham Lincoln exercised his statesmanship. It is a world of which DiLorenzo appears to be almost wholly ignorant. His unreal Lincoln inhabits an unreal world, so crudely and tendentiously drawn as to beggar belief. One wonders if the libertarian neo-Confederates have run out of front-line troops. In this screed, at any rate, they have sent a giddy, careless, half-educated boy to do a man’s job. And it shows.

    Tom Hunter

    May 8, 2021 at 7:57 pm

  3. Some body, some spine. Paraphrasing Churchill’s reply to Her Hitler’s Generals boast following the fall of France they would, in six weeks wring Britain’s neck like a chicken, “some chicken, some neck”!
    In an address to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa c1942.

    Gravedodger

    May 9, 2021 at 10:54 am

  4. Tom – I am familiar with Thomas DiLorenzo’s work, including his writing on Lincoln. Your cavalier dismissal of his case against Lincoln is disappointing. One of the points DiLorenzo makes is that the southern states had the right to secede under the constitution, and Lincoln’s insistence on preserving the union was wrong – and it led to the bloated, corrupt, decaying but still dangerous empire that is the USA today.

    Harry

    May 9, 2021 at 12:41 pm

  5. Have you actually read that review?

    I’m well aware of many of the arguments justifying Southern secession in 1861. Some of them are even quite interesting from the POV of US constitutional law.

    But as the review makes quite clear, DiLorenzo’s work in this case is not one of them. For a so-called historian it’s actually an incredibly shoddy piece of work, starting with the Chomskyite style of argument around the quote of “All men are born equal and free”:

    DiLorenzo thus attributes to Lincoln the words of a Virginia clergyman whom Lincoln quoted and then went on to criticize.

    I’m not much interested in dealing with people willing to fall to that level of polemical deception, least of all someone who is a “historian”.

    Tom Hunter

    May 9, 2021 at 3:11 pm


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