Scott Horton Interviews Sheldon Richman

Scott Horton, October 26, 2011

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Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “Drone Warfare Is Fraught with Danger;” setting a new “Libya precedent” of cheap and easy regime change with US drones in the air and indigenous fighters on the ground; forgetting the quick “victories” in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 that later went sour; the case for impeaching Barack Obama for violating the War Powers Act; why a commander in chief less removed from the field of battle might not conduct warfare so casually; and why the US is severely tempting fate (and blowback) by conducting such an aggressive and violent foreign policy.

MP3 here. (20:12)

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.

6 Responses to “Sheldon Richman”

  1. REAL PUBLIC — REAL GOVERNMENT

    Would not agree that the public desires to be kept in ignorance, “to increase their comfort zone.” For when since 1776 has our public ever been asked to get involved in politics? When has more then 5% of our public ever, directly or indirectly, got involved in politics?

    And the half of society with no education beyond high school, my slow and careful thinking laboring class, when has more then 1% of us ever gone to the polls? For example, Obama was elected by 54% of those who showed up at the polls, but half of voters were no-shows so Obama only has 26% support of public.

    And so, and most profound, the Occupy Wall Street movement is for our rich man’s Republic an entirely new thing, an unheard of thing, a real public creating a real government.

  2. Oh dear, my read on O is entirely diff. I think there is nothing O wouldn't enjoy more than playing at the drone video game. I think he circle jerks with a select few, including Hillary, watching the reruns.

  3. Who the hell are we (antiwar minded individuals) kidding. Obama went to congress and several good congressman (don't remember any females) make a little effort to confront the Libya aggression as unconstitutional. But nothing happened. The warmonger GOP establishment along with the Obama supporters killed it. They had an alliance. The newly elected teaparty congressmen, Walter Scott (R-NC), Kunnich (D-Ohio) fought it but it died in committee or in back room deals. It made a month or six weeks of controversy and then it was aggression business-as- usual.
    The Declaration of war has became a joke. As Scott, and Sheldon point out, because Citizens care but not enough to fight Washington DC. America is somewhere between Empire and a Republic, but when the facts come down to it. How different are Americans today than when Americans went to fight the Spanish in the Philippine Islands in the Spanish American war? Mark Twain and other people opposed it but it went on. Manipulate the press is the order of the day. These liars know that Americans support the aggression or tune out.

  4. "…on the off chances that Obama loses to a worse warmonger on the right…they say they learned the lessons of Iraq,but I doubt it" says Scott Horton
    Obama was a constitutional lawyer. Emphasis on the lawyer, where the constitution is just supposed to make the lawyer seem more legitimate. What an oxymoron when he starts unconstitutional wars . We all know he is even more blantantly unconstitional that even Bush.

  5. A 51st state for drones. http://my.firedoglake.com/davidswanson/2011/10/27

  6. I think that using drones so intensively can cause more harm in the long as it helps create a new breed of terrorists

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