- Publisher: Institute for Historical Review (August 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939484013
- ISBN-13: 978-0939484010
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
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Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
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Specifically this is a collection of works chosen by respect historian Harry Elmer Barnes of some of the most credible and critical historians covering the events (before, during and after) of World War II. Far from being a "good war" these investigations reveal a war made infinitely worse by the arrogance of one man and the biased people he surrounded himself with. Washington warned us about favoritism and partiality with foreign nations and their wars, and FDR exemplifies this in his almost unimaginable partiality to the wants and needs of the Soviet empire.
This book clearly demonstrates how the war could have been far less tragic in duration and aftermath had such a favoritism not existed in the most powerful person in the most powerful nation on Earth.
Well written, well cited, with a tone that overall stays as objective in writing prose as possible, varying slightly from one author to another, while covering some extremely touchy subjects for the Roosevelt administration and their perennial fan base in the USA.
May these myths die in our minds to be replaced with truth and simple integrity.
This book includes the following essays:
"Revisionism and the Historical Blackout" by Harry Elmer Barnes. - This essay shows how following the First and Second World Wars historical revisionism arose as an important but deeply persecuted phenomenon. Barnes explains how the Old Right was smeared as "isolationist", something he maintains only truly applies to rare cases such as von Thunen, author of _The Isolated State_. Barnes shows how at one time, Edward Bellamy's optimistic novel _Looking Backward_ was seen as hope for the future, but how now the world of _1984_ with its "thought-policing", "news-speak", and witch-hunts seems inevitable. This shows a consistent decline from the libertarianism of the old America. Barnes further shows how the historical blackout developed making it impossible for revisionist historians to gain access to historical documents or to publish in mainstream circles and the criticism of such historians by liberals like Arthur Schlesinger. Barnes argues that this blackout constitutes a means of thought-policing by America's new elite. Finally, Barnes shows how America now embarks on global crusades to further imperial interests which historian Charles A. Beard referred to as "Perpetual war for perpetual peace".
"The United States and the Road to War in Europe" by Charles Callan Tansill. - This essay shows how the United States became involved in wars in Europe which did not concern its national interests. This essay explains the role of various treaties following World War I, such as the Treaty of Versailles, and the rise of the Nazis in Germany. Tansill shows how through a failure of diplomacy the United States under FDR came to become involved in a war in Europe against Hitler's Germany.
"Roosevelt is Frustrated in Europe" by Frederick R. Sanbern. - This essay shows how American neutrality was lost following the First World War and Roosevelt became involved in the outbreak of the Second.
"How American Policy Toward Japan Contributed to War in the Pacific" by William L. Neumann. - This essay shows how a harsh policy toward Japan left the Japanese with little option other than to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, leading the U.S. to enter into a war with Japan. This demonstrates further how FDR and others around him wanted a war and essentially knew about the bombing at Pearl Harbor before it happened. This gave them the perfect excuse to enter into the war in the Pacific and the Second World War.
"Japanese-American Relations, 1921 - 1941; The Pacific Back Road to War" by Charles Callan Tansill. - This essay shows how American relations with Japan deteriorated and forced Japan's hand with the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
"The Pearl Harbor Investigatons" by Percy L. Greaves, Jr. - This essay considers the investigations into the Pearl Harbor incident showing the Knox report, the Clarke inquiry, the Hart inquiry, and Congressional inquiries, showing how the administration attempted to prevent all inquiries and further showing how the administration knew about the events of Pearl Harbor beforehand.
"The Bankruptcy of a Policy" by William Henry Chamberlin. - This essay explains how Roosevelt lied us into war, showing the costs of war and increase militarism following the war, and the utter bankruptcy of FDR's foreign policy.
"American Foreign Policy in the Light of National Interest at the Mid-Century" by George A. Lundberg. - Here, Lundberg a sociologist makes use of the methods of science to investigate the role of foreign policy. For example, Lundberg considers the role of ecology showing how small differences in conditions may give rise to large unexpected differences in outcomes (similar to chaos theory). For example, Lundberg explains how an ecosystem with deer and puma may be effected by the hunting of puma which leads to overpopulation of deer and in fact causes more damage to the deer. Lundberg also defines a national policy and considers such issues as pressures effecting foreign policy, the costs of a war policy, and attempts to cover over the wreckage that ensued.
"How "Nineteen-Eighty Four" Trends Threaten American Peace, Freedom, and Prosperity" by Harry Elmer Barnes. - This essay explains the rise of _1984_ trends including "thought-policing" and "oligarchical collectivism" within the United States. Barnes argues that through increasing militarism following the Second World War and into the Cold War, that American freedom has been lost. Barnes shows the enormous costs of militarism, the burden of taxation, and the witch-hunts that accompany it beginning against the isolationists of World Wars I and II and culminating in the Cold War.
"Summary and Conclusions" by Harry Elmer Barnes. - This essay reviews the previous essays in this book, considers the role of the historical black-out and other _1984_ trends, notes the rise of the Communists to power, and explains the general state of the world as it existed at the time of the Cold War.
This book remains a significant condemnation of U.S. militarism and the policy of FDR involving the United States in the Second World War. The book shows the value of revisionist history in enabling us to see through the smoke of official "court historians" and propagandists. As such, this book is important for showing the rise of American imperialism which has led to the utter decline of America.