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Monday, February 3, 2020

The Frontier Thesis

Today's pod/video-cast takes a look at Frederick Jackson Turner's 1893 "Frontier Thesis."  Frankly, it was difficult to find a video that just reported Turner's thesis and gave the facts . . . and this one is no exception.  As far as the Just Third Way of Economic Personalism is concerned, Turner's key point is that the end of "free" land under the Homestead Act of 1862 meant the eventual end of American-style democracy . . . a conclusion with which we have qualified agreement.

The cynical historians and others, however, insist that American democracy is greater than ever . . . if, of course, you happen to be one of the lucky ones who actually own capital instead of depending on wages and welfare. . . .

What you should get out of this video is not the debunking of Turner's thesis, but a realization that today's America — and the rest of the world — needs a new Homestead Act based on all forms of capital, not just land.