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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/5456/fanl-audio-chapter-14/

FaNL audio, chapter 14

August 11, 2006 by

War and Foreign Policy

Murray Rothbard wrote: ‘Isolationism’ was coined as a smear term to apply to opponents of American entry into World War II. Since the word was often applied through guilt-by-association to mean pro-Nazi, ‘isolationist’ took on a ‘right wing’ as well as a generally negative flavor. If not actively pro-Nazi, ‘isolationists’ were at the very least narrow-minded and ignorant of the world around them, in contrast to the sophisticated, worldly, caring ‘internationalists’ who favored American crusading around the globe.

Since the Vietnam War, of course, antiwar forces have been considered ‘leftists,’ and interventionists from Lyndon Johnson to Jimmy Carter and their followers have constantly tried to pin the ‘isolationist’ or at least ‘neoisolationist’ label on today’s left wing.

Left or right? During World War I, opponents of the war were bitterly attacked, just as now, as ‘leftists,’ even though they included in their ranks libertarians and advocates of laissez-faire capitalism. In fact, the major center of opposition to the American war with Spain and the American war to crush the Philippine rebellion at the turn of the century was laissez-faire liberals…

In this week’s chapter of the For a New Liberty audiobook:

  • ‘Isolationism,’ Left and Right
  • Limiting Government
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Isolationist Criticisms
  • War As the Health of the State
  • Soviet Foreign Policy
  • Avoiding A Priori History
  • A Foreign Policy Program
  • Disarmament

Chapter 14 of For a New Liberty is now available for podcast or download.

Next week, the final chapter:

‘A Strategy for Liberty” …

(And if you don’t want to wait for the free audio, you can always purchase the new, hardbound edition of Rothbard’s manifesto here.)


Curt Howland August 11, 2006 at 1:45 pm

Thank you. Your reader has an excellent voice, it’s fun to hear him glide effortlessly over some of the $3 words. :^)

Peter August 11, 2006 at 8:30 pm

But maybe the announcement is a little premature: chapter 14 isn’t actually in the podcast RSS file.

Peter August 16, 2006 at 2:38 am

By the way, will any more chapters of Speaking of Liberty be forthcoming? It’s been a long time since the last one.

nakliyat March 2, 2007 at 10:05 am

realy nice…thanks all bu very nice…

Tabiri Caiz June 10, 2008 at 10:19 am

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