There is still a little time left to sign up before the opening lecture of Thomas DiLorenzo’s Mises Academy course on Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. (It begins at 5:30 EST tonight.) The course covers American militarism and its opponents from the eighteenth century to today. And of course, as the current threats of war against Syria coming out of Washington illustrate today, this topic is ever green. Prof. DiLorenzo notes in today’s Mises Daily:
The renowned novelist Robert Penn Warren (author of All the King’s Men) wrote in The Legacy of the Civil War that Official State Propaganda asserted that the Civil War left America with “A Treasury of Virtue” so powerful that it was henceforth assumed that anything the U.S. government did from then on was virtuous by virtue of the fact that it was the U.S. government that was doing it. All any American had to do to remind the world of “our” virtue was simply to recite a few lines from one of Lincoln’s political speeches about “the last best hope of earth,” or our alleged desire to “make all men free.”
Today’s campaign for war with Syria by the Obama administration is being based on the same kind of dubious tall tale that the George W. Bush administration used to “justify” the Iraq War, and such tactics are reminiscent of George H.W. Bush’s first war on Iraq which was based partly on the U.S. government’s discredited claims that Iraqi soldiers were pulling the plugs on Kuwaiti incubators holding prematurely born babies.