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Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion Paperback – October 9, 2014
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Thomas E. Woods Jr. is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show, a Monday-through-Friday podcast (at TomWoodsRadio.com). He has appeared on CNBC, FOX News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, FOX Business, Bloomberg Television, and many other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs. He is the New York Times betselling author of 12 books, including Meltdown (on the financial crisis) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. His book The Church and the Market won the $50,000 first prize in the Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006. His books have been translated into a dozen languages. Woods's writing has appeared in scores of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, Investor's Business Daily, Christian Science Monitor, American Studies, Catholic Social Science Review, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Human Events, New Oxford Review, Independent Review, and University Bookman. He operates TomWoods.com and LibertyClassroom.com.
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Woods wasted no time in attacking the neocons and the "liberals" strait jacket avenues of debate. The apprehensively conventional view that political debate should be confined to Romney, Clinton, and Obama agendas is shattered by Woods book. An amusing view of the neocons is that they whine about socialism and communism. Yet, these same neocons want a Soviet Leninist-Stalinist police state to undermine their badly distorted views of history. Woods cites "chapter and verse" the contradictory neocon views and confusion. Police state spying and attempts to stifle truth are exposed in Woods' book, and the "Establishment" is uncomfortable with Woods to say the least.
Both Democrats and Republicans have expanded the war state. Without knowing who the "enemy" is at any given moment, all they can do is talk about bombing people regardless of innocent unarmed civilians including women and children. Between 1988-1991, US forces destroyed Iraq's water purification system which cost the lives of approximately five hundred thousand children because US authorities did not like Saddam Hussein. Then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright actually justified such tragedy.
Woods could have made this more of an issue. Readers should know that between 1980-1988, Russian, West German, and US authorities armed Hussein and help him fight the Iranians in a long deadly war which no one won. The lies that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction were later undermined. In 1988, US forces helped the US Navy intervened on Hussein's behalf against the Iraqis. Yet three short years later, Hussein became the "bad guy." The Orwellian overtones are too obvious to ignore.
Later in 2001, US forces ousted Hussein, and, as Woods noted, one neocon boasted that US forces should destroy anyone just to do it without any moral imperative. In other words, diplomacy should be based on evil impulse rather than rational policy.When US policy makers were warned about the different political factions in Western Asia, the ignorant government officials dismissed such warning and marginalized anyone who told the truth.
Older conservatives such as Russel Kirk who were "the darlings of conservatism," are now condemned by the neocons. Woods noted that Kirk and older conservatives warned that war destroyed civilized behavior which is now epidemic both overseas and in the US. Woods cited "The Founding Fathers" who were against standing armies, imperialism, and militarism. Now the neocons hate such great men because the views of "The Founding Fathers" undermine "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace." In fact, some of the neocons are such "cry babies" that anyone who undermines their nonsense is removed from Face Book and other Internet connections.
One example of the war party's deceit is John Yoo who tried to cite Alexander Hamilton's views in THE FEDERALIST PAPERS. Supposedly Hamilton said the US presidents had the same power as King George III. Yoo blundered in that he DID NOT finish the citation whereby Hamilton argued that presidents' war making powers were limited by the US Constitution and a declaration of war by Congress. Yoo had to retreat.
The undersigned disagreed with Woods' economic views. Woods economic views were logical and expressed very well. However, his views would work in "a perfect world." The political greed and corruption is so entrenched that Woods' views would not work. On the other hand, Woods's economic arguments are well worth reading to understand what is wrong.
In spite of minor disagreements, Woods' book titled REAL DISSENT is an "eye opener. This writer recommends any of Woods books which anyone of "residual common sense" can enjoy reading and comprehend. Hopefully Woods will write more thoughtful books and monographs if only for the record.
James E. Egolf
August 23, 2015