Abe Lincoln was no saint. Ask Thomas DiLorenzo.

One of the rarely cited effects of Lincoln’s War Between Clashing State-Supported Business Interests (The Civil War) was his taking the dollar off its fixed standard in order to use like monopoly money as in all such drawn-out,┬áresource-gobbling massacres of the 20th century when leaders didn’t want to tax people directly for unpopular wars. Thus ended a century of progress and stable prices and ushered in the Progressive Era of business and government collusion to suck the nation’s resources into its power centers.