The list author says: "The internationally distinguished economist and historian Murray N. Rothbard first used the term 'the welfare-warfare state' in his brilliant essay, "The Great Society: A Libertarian Critique," in Marvin E. Gettleman & David Mermelstein, ed., The Great Society Reader: The Failure of American Liberalism, 1967. This is one of three crucial articles by Rothbard which defines and outlines this important concept describing our society today and how it became that way. The other two articles are: "Origins of the Welfare State in America," and "World War I as Fulfillment: Power and the Intellectuals." All three of these exceptional essays can be found online.
Intellectuals and politicans were drawn to Progressivism by the same elitist positivism that drew them to other "social control" rationalizations; committment to the explanatory power of scientific social inquiry to get at the root causes of social and economic problems; the legitimacy of coercive social control, deriving from a holist conception of society as prior to and greater than the sum of its constituent individuals; and the efficacy of elitist social control via expert management of the state apparatus."
"The satanic virus of "Social Imperialism" or "Progressivism" is spawn and let loose upon the world. In particular note the pivotal role of the Fabian Society and race imperialist Viscount Alfred Milner, the force behind the Round Table movement to consolidate the British Empire (see Carroll Quigley's Tragedy and Hope, and The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden)."
"Ideas have consequences. Classic treatment in intellectual history of the transmission or contagion of statist ideas from Great Britain to America. The Fabian Society was a elite group which sought to introduce socialism to Great Britain (and the Empire) by gradual, covert means. Purged from many public libraries -- very rare!
"Classic expose' of the contagion of the "social sciences" by collectivism, for example, the common ideological roots of socialism and sociology in the ideas of St. Simon, Comte, Hegel, and Marx. Since this study was commissioned by distinguised Harvard alumni outraged by these developments, it focuses upon Harvard as the vehicle for this contagion."
"Eugenics was not new in the Progressive Era, but acquired new impetus with the advent of a more expansive government. Expansion of state coercion meant that it became possible to have not only eugenic thought, but also eugenic practice. Millions of 'the unfit' were targeted for sterilization and elimination. Eugenics legislation promoting genocide came with the rise of the welfare-warfare state."
"The old Jeffersonian limited-state liberalism is out; the new Hamiltonian expanded-state corporatism is in, according to Harvard prophet Croly, disciple of Theodore Roosevelt and later of Benito Mussolini."
"Archangel Murray N. Rothbard slays the gnostic welfare-warfare state dragon; traces its birth to wacked postmillennial pietistic Protestant fanatics gone strident, secular and stir-crazy. One of the most important books published in the past 50 years."
"Heretic #1 Goldberg has penned a flawed but fascinating polemic. Critics such as David Gordon have pointed out its factual flaws in interpretation but Goldberg gets 90% of it brilliantly correct. Not a scholarly treatise but a fast-paced polemic showing the common ideological roots of American progressivism and European fascism, a legacy continuing with today's welfare-warfare state."
"Heretic #3 Kolko provides the seminal text to understanding the origins of the welfare-warfare regulatory state. This book shattered the mainstream liberal consensus interpretation of the "Progressive Era."
"Heretics #5 Stromberg, #6 Childs, and #7 Alexander focus upon "The Political Economy of Liberal Corporativism" and "Big Business and the Rise of American Statism" and more in this concise collection of essays."
"Heretics #8 Rothbard and #9 Radosh edit this path-breaking synthesis of New Left/Old Right analysis of the rise of the American corporate welfare-warfare state. See especially Rothbard's "War Collectivism in World War I," "Herbert Hoover and the Myth of Laissez-Faire," and Radosh's "The Myth of the New Deal."
"Heretic #12 Schivelbusch dares compare the collectivist ideology and pragmatic public policy applications of Roosevelt's New Deal, Mussolini's Corporate State, and Hitler's National Socialist Third Reich. Excellent companion volume to Flynn's As We Go Marching above."
"Heretic #23 Eisner further outlines the tremendous impact and rationale World War I "war collectivism" played in ushering in FDR's New Deal welfare state. (see Rothbard's two pivotal essays, "War Collectivism in World War I," and "World War I as Fulfillment: Power and the Intellectuals." Both available online.)"
"Heretic #24 Gamble demonstrates how the destructive corroding element of Progressive Christianity corrupted American Protestantism during World War I. An excellent companion volume to John Denson's The Costs of War (above) and A Century of War (below)."
"Heretic #26 McCoy details the imperial origins of the National Security Surveillance State in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War in the Philippines where convergence of biometric technology and police state repression came together and were exported back to America. The same process is underway in Iraq and Afghanistan and being exported back to the domestic Homeland Security apparatus."
"Further demonstration of the imperial roots of modern police state repression technologies and ideologies, and their importation back to America to be used against domestic dissidents and critics of the reigning regime of the moment."
"Heretic #27 Wolf's cataloging of the deadly steps toward fascist repression dictatorial regimes have repeatedly used, and how such measures are underway in contemporary America today. Excellent companion volume to the two works above on the origins of the modern National Security Surveillance State."
"Heretic #29 Powell's damning expose' of the duplicitious progressive president Woodrow Wilson and his disasterous impact on events of the 20th Century and beyond. Wilson was America's first fascist president."
"Heretic #32 Murphy exposes Brandeis and Frankfurter as Harvard's two great intriguers and manipulators of the 20th century. This is the amazing story of how they created a vast covert network of witting agents of influence and changed the face of America."