Sheldon Richman

Abolish the Warfare State!


Sheldon Richman, fellow at the Future of Freedom Foundation and the Foundation for Economic Education and editor of the Freeman, discusses the misperception that American civilians owe deference to the warfare state, the anti-militarist tradition in America, the case for privatizing all security functions and abolishing the state, his take on Barack Obama’s minister, the illogic of collectivism, the principle of blowback and the dangerous alliance between the U.S. government and big business.

MP3 here. (43:14)

Sheldon Richman is editor of The Freeman, published by The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York, and serves as senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is the author of FFF’s award-winning book Separating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and FFF’s newest book Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State.

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  1. As a bibliographical footnote, Sheldon mentions the work of Jeffrey Rogers Hummel in the show. Jeff is one of the best scholars in the field of stateless defense theory, and also the person who introduced me to libertarianism back in 1979 while we were both attending The University of Texas in Austin.

    For the important role of ideology in defense from local and foreign nation states, you can read a PDF of Jeff’s article “The Will To Be Free” here:

    Jeff also gave an excellent lecture entitled “War Is The Health Of The State,” with a historical overview of how war is used to justify and increase government power, with the conclusion that the state is essentially a war-making institution. You can listen to free short audio clips and buy the lecture online from Wendy McElroy’s site here:

    Jeff also gave an excellent lecture at UT entitled, “How An Anarchist Society Would Provide National Defense: A Solution To Libertarianism’s Hardest Problem.” Although the lecture, given back in 1979, is dated by concrete examples from the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, it still makes a good historical case, and the extensive Q&A period (where Jeff really shines) also addresses the WWII example that is often cited as a justification of state-based defense.

    I anticipate, with Jeff’s permission, to make the above lecture available as an MP3 file, as time permits for me to transfer and edit it from audiocassette.

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