Don Livingston discusses Northern profit and interest in slavery at the Abbeville Institute Summer School, July 5-8, 2022, at Seabrook Island, SC.

Donald Livingston

Donald Livingston is the founder of the Abbeville Institute and retired Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. He has been a National Endowment Independent Studies fellow and a fellow for the Institute of Advanced Studies in the humanities at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Hume's Philosophy of Common Life and Philosophical Melancholy and Delirium, Hume's Pathology of Philosophy.


  • William Quinton Platt III says:

    In the “information” age, wars are fought using information…just as the industrial age fought wars with metal machines.

    Keep fighting the good fight, my friend. The truth will out.

    The truth is there in UP FROM SLAVERY and in Harper’s Weekly 10 Jan 1863 (Rebel negro pickets)…keep hammering on the indisputable…HOW MANY SLAVE UPRISING OCCURRED DURING THE WAR? This one has never been answered except to say, “Well, the slaves had this superior information gathering system, so they knew the South would lose and it would be better if they just kept on working”.

    Understand your enemy. Your enemy is the same enemy that destroyed Russia in 1917. China, 1945.

  • William Quinton Platt III says:

    McPherson wrote a two-volume tome…about why the South was to blame for the war. I read the entire 900 or so pages…I was looking for how he handled the Corwin Amendment.

    Cowardly, is how I’d describe it. About 30 pages from the end of the second volume, McPherson vaguely mentions a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PASSED BY THE NORTHERN HOUSE AND SENATE…RATIFIED BY 3 STATES…yet he fails to even mention the Amendment by name.

    An UNAMENDABLE AMENDMENT…strange how this non sequitur could even exist…after all, what is an “unamendable” amendment?

    “No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.”

    The above is an “unamendable” amendment. I must reiterate…this “unamendable” amendment was passed after the Southern States departed the union.

    McPherson knows the Corwin Amendment invalidates his thesis of the South being the root of all evil…why did the South ignore this new 13th Amendment?

    The 10th Amendment already provided this right to the States. McPherson knows this as well. At least McPherson admitted there was such an amendment…though you can’t find it in the index of his “product”.

    I wish I’d held on to the books…but, a yardsale bonanza needs to be passed along…I underlined the dishonest passages in the books…not only the Corwin omission but every other twisting of truth, of which there were many.

    The editors of the New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet have come public with revelations concerning fraud rampant in medical research. It appears historical research is also for sale.

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