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For the latest LGM podcast, I interviewed Michael Hillard, an economist at the University of Southern Maine, about his new book, Shredding Paper: The Rise and Fall of Maine’s Mighty Paper Industry. For those of you who think this is some esoteric specialized topic, it’s not because what we are really talking about the changes […]
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Self-Made

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On April 9, 2020
This is a very long but pretty complete history of the “self-made man,” one of the most pernicious myths in American history. The true bard of this was the child raping minister and author Horatio Alger, but it really goes back to Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography and continues today. Of course, no one is “self-made,” not […]

“Lost”

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On August 24, 2019

Watching Uber and Lyft fall on their faces is hilarious. Everything about the fact that these companies are hemorrhaging money after all the hype says what you need to know both about contemporary cap

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Walter Johnson is one of our premier historians, period. His work on slavery and capitalism has helped reorient a narrative that for way, way too long argued that slavery was anti-capitalist, leading among other things, to radical whites in the 60s making arguments that the Civil War was some sort of capitalist war against anti-capitalists […]
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