Sheldon Richman


Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses “Obama’s Imperial Adventure” in Libya; the many Democrats and leftists falling over themselves to defend Obama; why the UN mandate to protect Libyan civilians isn’t possible with the supposedly limited “no-fly” zone; and why Congress couldn’t delegate war-making powers to the UN even if wanted to.

MP3 here. (17:42)

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.

Calling for the abolition, not the reform, of public schooling. Separating School & State has become a landmark book in both libertarian and educational circles. In his column in the Financial Times, Michael Prowse wrote: “I recommend a subversive tract, Separating School & State by Sheldon Richman of the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank… . I also think that Mr. Richman is right to fear that state education undermines personal responsibility…”

Mr. Richman’s articles on population, federal disaster assistance, international trade, education, the environment, American history, foreign policy, privacy, computers, and the Middle East have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, American Scholar, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Washington Times, Insight, Cato Policy Report, Journal of Economic Development, The Freeman, The World & I, Reason, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Liberty magazine, and other publications. He is a contributor to the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics.

A former newspaper reporter and former senior editor at the Cato Institute, Mr. Richman is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.

11 thoughts on “Sheldon Richman”

  1. Apparently Obama, whose supporters credit him with superhuman intelligence of which no one has seen any evidence, hasn't read much history. Of all of our attempts at regime change only one, tiny Grenada, has been better off afterwards. Certainly Afghanistan and Iraq aren't going very well. Getting rid of a bad regime doesn't mean that the new one will be better for either its people or the US, and given our 60 year history of obnoxious meddling in the Middle East, it's unlikely that people in a truly democratic country will elect pro-US leaders. Oppression gives rise to radicalism, and in that part of the world it would most likely take the form of an Islamist government.

    We've rushed into Libya where angels fear to tread, and there are reports that at least some of the rebel leaders we are protecting are allied with al Qaeda just as Gaddhafi (a stopped clock if ever there was one) says. This would put us in the very odd position of defending our sworn enemies against an oppressive regime that until very recently was our ally.

    We have no strategy, just some tactics. Air power alone has a very poor track record, and now we're saying we won't arm the rebels. So what's the point?

  2. "Of all of our attempts at regime change only one, tiny Grenada, has been better off afterwards."………,.

    Better……??? Better for whom……………???????

  3. Obama-Bu$h-Clinton-Wolves-kissengerz created Think OPEXtheft and will do remodling every 50yrs if nessary to keep wealth limited.

  4. Speaking of NFZs, one of my fave personal examples was a Wesley Clark appearance on a firedoglake book salon several years ago. I asked him if he were proud of having bombed the Serbs.

    He actually responded, with the usual talking points. But of course, the purpose in asking such a Q is not the answer, but to send the message that some one sees through him.

    Other FDL participants were aghast that I would ask such a rude Q. FDL has come a long way since then.

  5. Soldiers just need to stop following their orders in mass. Every soldier deployed outside the U.S. should put their weapons down and refuse.

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