James L. Payne


James L. Payne, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, discusses the often-exaggerated US role in democracy-building during the post-WWII occupation of Germany, FDR’s intent to keep Germany impoverished for a generation, how the issuance of a currency and the end of price controls allowed the German economy to rebuild, government “good intentions” that invariably produce bad results and why “democracy” is really nothing more than the absence of violence in the political process.

MP3 here. (28:15)

James L. Payne is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of Lytton Research and Analysis and author of the books, A History of Force: Exploring the Worldwide Movement Against Habits of Coercion, Bloodshed, and Mayhem, Why Nations Arm, The Culture of Spending, Costly Returns, Overcoming Welfare: Expecting More from the Poor—and From Ourselves, Budgeting in Neverland: Irrational Policymaking in the U.S. Congress, Patterns of Conflict in Colombia, and Labor and Politics in Peru. Dr. Payne received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and he has taught political science at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University, and Texas A & M University. His articles have appeared in The Independent Review, American Conservative, American Spectator, The Freeman, Policy Review, Reason, and other magazines and journals.

4 thoughts on “James L. Payne”

    1. There's good reason to be anti-government or anti-interventionist measures. They don't help economies and they're destructive.

  1. I would have to be one of the few who thought that was really good.

    He is a bit too libertarian for most but the details about soldiers being punished for fraternising with Germans and cocoa being poured down the drain should be common knowledge! People don't know this stuff.

    The point is it is NOT the average soldier who'd do that, it's the brass (or maybe even just the political elite). Give that war a bad name I say!

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