History and Historiography

How to tell if someone is a bad guy

By Tom Woods

The Hamilton musical, which I finally saw with my wife and two of my daughters this month, has been making Alexander Hamilton cool.

Actually, though, Hamilton has always been a hero of mainstream left and right. That’s usually how you can identify a scoundrel: if both Mitt Romney and Nancy Pelosi like someone, he’s always bad.

Theodore Roosevelt is a great example.

Bill Clinton loves him? Check.

Virtually all Republicans love him? Check.

Terrible president? Check.

But Hamilton is my favorite example.

Hamilton popularized the idea of implied powers in the Constitution. He sought to reduce the states to a condition of “subordination.” He favored the use of force against states that opposed the Alien and Sedition Acts. He told the people one thing about the federal government’s powers before the Constitution was ratified, and something completely different afterward.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Naturally, we’re taught to love him.

So when my friend Michael Malice, who’s sound on every issue except Alexander Hamilton, proposed that we debate the subject in public, I readily agreed.

It was one of my favorite events ever. We both had the time of our lives.

But because it was an Oxford-style debate, there was a clear winner.

The audience is polled before the debate and then again afterward, when they’ve heard the arguments of both sides. Whoever changes more minds is the winner.

I was the decisive winner.


Wouldn’t it be nice to get a result like that when you’re challenged on your views, and surrounded by curious people?

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For Black Friday weekend I’m taking a whopping 50% off off the Master, lifetime membership to the site.

That’s every truth-telling course (that you can listen to at 3am if you want) we ever create. Ever.

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Wipe the floor with your wily adversaries:


Tom Woods

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