David R. Henderson


David R. Henderson, author of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, discusses the anti-Afghanistan war demonstration he organized in Monterey, California, the effectiveness of hypothesizing a role reversal to demonstrate the hypocrisy of U.S. exceptionalism, winning over conservatives by showing the economic consequences of war and how punitive sanctions designed to instigate regime change inevitably fail.

MP3 here. (34:56)

David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of economics in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey and co-author, with Charles L. Hooper, of Making Great Decisions in Business and Life (Chicago Park Press). His latest book is The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (Liberty Fund, 2008).

David has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, the Jim Lehrer Newshour, CNN, and C-SPAN. He has had over 100 articles published in Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Red Herring, Barron’s, National Review, Reason, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has also testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.

7 thoughts on “David R. Henderson”

  1. The "economic consequenses" of trying to bully the world into accepting the American "our way or the highway" approach are already coming home to roost. Things are starting to unravel on the West and we may not have the time to unite the nation before we start a major war with some of the preceived "enemy" who will be demonized for "trying to destroy our economy". Of course our own government and their cronies in high finance will never take the blame and most of the American people will never figure out that they were sold out so it wall fall upon those who have the wisdom to see that the West is self destructing and are trying to save their own economies from going down with ours… to suffer the wrath of a dying empire.

    1. Charlie, I trust that you're referring to the rank-and-file left. It certainly doesn't apply to those who've held the reins of power who claimed to come from the left. Woodrow Wilson? FDR? Truman? LBJ? Clinton? Obama? Not to mention countless leftists in Congress that were either cheerleading or tacitly accepting every war, tax or regulation that came down the pike. That doesn't sound like a track record for peace and individual liberty. Am I missing something?

  2. According to Daniel Ellsberg the Pentagon´s doctrine of First-Strike Capability has caused the Russians to adopt Launch On Warning. We may get Nuclear Winter by mistake because of the Normal Lunatics in the Pentagon. The Pentagon has been aiming at achieving a First-Strike Capability since the days of Weinberger, at least. Why ? Probably because of suicidal madness. Bob Aldridge-http://www.plrc.org-resigned for that reason.

  3. There has never been an actual "Leftist" President. Not a single American President would be viewed as a Leftist in Western Europe, but only by the radical rightwingers of the USA. Obama has changed nothing but a small portion of Bush's rhetoric. No actual American Leftist would ever view any of our Presidents as a fellow traveler… they were/are all about maintaining the status quo… FDR implemented "leftist" programs to prevent absolute disaster and the danger of real hard-left elements rising to power on a wave of blood.

  4. Real leftists have killed at least 100 million in the USSR, China, Cambodia, Cuba, Mexico. hey after all they were against what we wanted to do. Trotsky, Lenin Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot castro, real humanitarians.

  5. Check the “headlines” at the Smudge Report… As the US economy goes into the toilet, war fever is being promoted to distract the people from their true condition…

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