Lew Rockwell on The Political Economy of War with Thomas DiLorenzo, which started last night, but is still open for enrollment:
After all, war is one of the State’s two signature activities (the other being taxation). War enhances the State’s power and glory, dampens dissent and the economy, and moves any country towards omnipotent government. In our own country, every war has enriched the State, and amplified its power, while attacking and shrinking society. In our own day of perpetual war, economic crisis, and increasing totalitarianism via the Pentagon, what could be more important than understanding “The Political Economy of War”? Thank goodness Tom DiLorenzo is teaching such a course… Tom is an extraordinary teacher, and this course will be scholarly, accessible, important, and hugely entertaining. Not to mention educational!
And Lew on The Betrayal of the American Right and the Rise of the Neoconservatives with David Gordon, which starts next week:
The neoconservative movement bestrides, like a clay-footed colossus, every rotten activity of the US government, from war to welfare, from the police state to the empire. How did a small group of ex-Trotskyites come to take over large swaths of the conservative movement, the Republican and Democratic parties, and much of the State itself? We must know the enemy, so David Gordon’s course couldn’t come at a better time. Funny and brilliant, David provides a scholarly and fun rundown of the movement running down our society. Using Murray Rothbard’s Betrayal of the American Right and many other works, he talks about such men as Leo Strauss, the philosopher of the “noble lie,” William F. Buckley, Jr., the CIA agent to who purged the American Right of its antiwar, anti-empire heritage, and many other chilling figures. With this course, you will understand an insidious movement, and why it is, for example, Ron Paul’s biggest enemy. We must know these enemies of freedom, their origins and their tactics—and their real ideology—to be well-equipped for the battle. Thank you, Dr. Gordon, for supplying the ammo. Oh, and did I mention that this may be David’s most un-PC course yet? Sign up!