Professor of economics and author
Thomas DiLorenzo

Thomas James DiLorenzo (born 8 August 1954) is an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business. He identifies himself as an adherent of the Austrian School of economics. He is a research fellow at The Independent Institute, a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Board of Advisors member at CFACT and an associate of the Abbeville Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech.

Awards Received

1983-1984 Garvey Fellowship Second Prize Winner, by Independent Institute
Topic: "The Road to Serfdom, Forty Years Later"


Independent Institute, Research Fellow
Mises Institute, Senior Fellow


Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850): Between the French and Marginalist Revolutions
Biographical essay which also analyses Bastiat's ideas in relation to the Austrian School
"While Bastiat was shaping economic opinion in France, Karl Marx was writing Das Kapital, and the socialist notion of 'class conflict' that the economic gains of capitalists necessarily came at the expense of workers was gaining in popularity. Bastiat's Economic Harmonies explained why the opposite is true that the interests of mankind are essentially harmonious if they can be cultivated in a free society where government confines its responsibilities to suppressing thieves, murderers, and special-interest groups who seek to use the state as a means of plundering their fellow citizens."
Related Topic: Frédéric Bastiat
States' Rights vs. Monetary Monopoly, 9 May 2003
Recounts the story of how various states and Andrew Jackson maneuvered against the second Bank of the United States (BUS) eventually causing it not to be re-chartered
"The federal government today can wage wars without the consent of our congressional representatives, overthrow foreign governments, tax nearly half of national income, abolish civil liberty in the name of 'homeland security' and 'the war on drugs,' legalize and endorse infanticide ('partial-birth abortion'), regulate nearly every aspect of our existence, and there's little or nothing we can do about it. 'Write your congressman' is the refrain of the slave to the state who doesn't even realize he's a slave (thanks to decades of government school brainwashing). But Americans were not always slaves to federal tyranny."
Tax Gouging: The Real Problem, Mises Daily, 8 Jun 2006
"The property tax bonanza that is being enjoyed by state and local governmental bureaucracies creates yet another evil. ... they use the money to appease more and more special interest groups by starting up myriad new programs. Then when the real estate market cools ... the programs all remain in place while revenues shrink, creating a 'deficit crisis.'"
Related Topic: Taxation
The Latest Defamation of Jefferson, 31 Mar 2006
Criticizes a conference titled "Mr. Jefferson Goes to the Middle East" and implying that George W. Bush is somehow Jeffersonian, by contrasting Jefferson and Lincoln's (and by extension Bush's) policies and actions
"Perhaps the biggest lie of all that has been perpetrated by the Straussian/neocon court historians is that Abraham Lincoln was a Jeffersonian. In fact, Lincoln's law partner William Herndon once said that Lincoln 'hated Jefferson' as a man and as a president. Lincoln was the anti-Jefferson. ... It was he who made a 'god' of democracy ... It was the Party of Lincoln, not Jefferson, that put America on the road to imperialism with the Spanish-American war. And it is the Party of Lincoln, not Jefferson, that is currently engaged in an imperialistic war of conquest in the Middle East."


Faculty Spotlight Interview: Thomas DiLorenzo, 16 Aug 2010
"Who would you say is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspirations are Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises. Both men were incredibly learned, educated themselves in many disciplines, not just economics, and were masters at applying the economics of human action to the big issues of their time ... They were strong willed and heroic, responding to the severe ideological discrimination of academe by producing ever more brilliant books and articles."
Related Topic: Austrian Economics
The Real DiLorenzo: A 'Southern Partisan' Interview, 17 Jun 2004
"Lincoln ... literally waged war against everything else in the Declaration of Independence, such as the consent of the governed. In my book, I go through the train of abuses of the Declaration and show that everything King George III did, Lincoln did as bad or worse."

Books Authored

Cancer Scam: Diversion of Federal Cancer Funds to Politics
    by James T. Bennett, Thomas DiLorenzo, 1997
Partial contents: From Pathology to Politics - A Smokescreen for Politics and Propaganda - A Financial Gold Mine for Politicking - Federal Funding for State Tax Campaigns - Who's Running Project ASSIST? - The New War on "Drugs"—and Its Consequences
Related Topic: Cancer
How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present, 2004
Partial contents: What Is Capitalism? - Anticapitalism - How Capitalism Saved the Pilgrims - America's Capitalist Revolt - Highways of Capitalism - How Capitalism Enriched the Working Class - The Truth About the "Robber Barons" - Antitrust Myths
Related Topic: Capitalism
Official Lies: How Washington Misleads Us
    by James T. Bennett, Thomas DiLorenzo, 1993
Partial contents: Welcome to the Jungle - The Political Economy of Propaganda, or Joe Isuzu Meets Nelson Rockefeller - Getting Down on the Farm - Fuel for the Propaganda Machine - The Sky is Falling! - Compelling Belief - Dope, Booze, Smokes, and Sex
Related Topic: Government
The Food and Drink Police: America's Nannies, Busybodies and Petty Tyrants
    by James T. Bennett, Thomas DiLorenzo, 1998
Partial contents: Meet the Killjoys - Eat, Drink, and Keel Over: Lasagna, Egg Rolls, and Popcorn Can Kill - Care for a Drink? - Free Speech: You Gotta Be Kidding! - What's Jeremy Rifkin's Beef?: The War on Our Not-So-Sacred Cow - Whose Life Is It, Anyhow?
Related Topic: Moral Repression
The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
    by Thomas DiLorenzo, Walter E. Williams (Foreword), 2002
Partial contents: Lincoln's Opposition to Racial Equality - Why Not Peaceful Emancipation? - Lincoln's Real Agenda - The Myth of Secession as "Treason" - Was Lincoln a Dictator? - Waging War on Civilians - Reconstructing America - The Great Centralizer
Underground Government: The Off-Budget Public Sector
    by James T. Bennett, Thomas DiLorenzo, Cato Institute, 1983
Partial contents: Going Underground - The Political Economy of Off-Budget Enterprises - Off-Budget Activities of Local Governments
Related Topic: Government

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