At Takimag, Dylan Hales describes himself as an anti-egalitarian populist and along with Richard Spencer calls for a return to the gold standard. Normally, I would let this pass without comment, but the historical irony caused me to raise an eyebrow. Didn’t the Populists fight to abandon the deflationary gold standard? Weren’t the Populists for “free silver” and greenbacks? Weren’t they famously against “crucifying mankind” on the Cross of Gold? Didn’t the Populists want the income tax? I’m sure I have my history right.
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