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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.


8 Aug 1954, Thomas James DiLorenzo, in Pennsylvania

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

Web Pages

Laissez Faire Books
Author page at Laissez Faire Books; short profile
Thomas J. DiLorenzo most recent book, Real Lincoln, takes a critical look at Abraham Lincoln and takes him to task for waging an unnecessary civil war. DiLorenzo's previous books were about corrupt government institutions. He is the author of Unfunded Federal Mandates: Environmentalism's Achilles's Heel? (1993). With James T. Bennett, he co-authored The Nation's Largest Municipal Bankruptcy: The Tip of the Off-Budget Iceberg (1981), Underground Government: the Off-Budget Public Sector (1983), Destroying Democracy: How Government Funds Partisan Politics (1985), Unfair Competition: the Profits of Nonprofits (1989) ...
Thomas J. DiLorenzo | Mises Institute
Author page at the Mises Institute; includes photograph, short profile, awards, contact information and links to his writings and works in other media
Thomas DiLorenzo is professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland and a member of the senior faculty of the Mises Institute. He is the author of The Real Lincoln; How Capitalism Saved America; Lincoln Unmasked; Hamilton's Curse; Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government; and The Problem with Socialism.

Archived Articles

Thomas DiLorenzo, Author at LewRockwell
Author page at; includes links to articles from Nov 2000 and blog posts


Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850): Between the French and Marginalist Revolutions
Biographical and bibliographical essay which also analyzes Bastiat's ideas in relation to the Austrian School
Claude Frederic Bastiat was a French economist, legislator, and writer who championed private property, free markets, and limited government. Perhaps the main underlying theme of Bastiat's writings was that the free market was inherently a source of "economic harmony" among individuals, as long as government was restricted to the function of protecting the lives, liberties, and property of citizens ... that is exactly the model of scholarship that Mises himself adopted, which was carried forward most aggressively and brilliantly by Murray Rothbard, all in the tradition of the great French Austrian economist, Frederic Bastiat.
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.
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
Deplores the tax policies of state and local governments, particularly those which have taken advantage of increases in real estate property values to increase their Soprano-like "collections"
The single most important tax reform of the 1980s was the indexation of the federal income tax to inflation and the reduction of the number of federal income tax brackets from fifteen to three. Prior to that, ordinary middle class workers were pushed up into higher and higher tax brackets by simply receiving cost-of-living pay increases. The result was that a couple of years of cost-of-living increases actually reduced your standard of living ... State and local politicians are monopolistic price gougers. Every one of them should be thrown out of office this fall, just for the fun of it.


Faculty Spotlight Interview: Thomas DiLorenzo, 16 Aug 2010
Asks DiLorenzo about an alternate career path, hobbies, biggest inspiration, the Mises Institute and Austrian tradition, his class at Mises academy, future works and words of wisdom for young scholars
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. That's why their work is still studied today ... whereas all of those academic critics/bigots are long forgotten, if anyone ever heard of them in the first place.
The Real DiLorenzo: A 'Southern Partisan' Interview, 17 Jun 2004
Interview by Southern Partisan magazine, about DiLorenzo's The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War (2002)
How did you get on to Lincoln?
I was real interested in the War, and I started thinking about how I could combine my profession with this hobby of mine: the history of the War. More and more, as I read about Lincoln, I realized he was a tyrant. He was all about money and power ...
Do you expect [centralization] to ever go back ...?
Seriously, the only way it could, would be secession. If a big chunk of the United States actually seceded from the federal government and pained it a bit and deprived it of a large amount of its revenue. Otherwise, how else could it possibly happen?

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
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
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 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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