Scott Horton Interviews Sheldon Richman

Scott Horton, December 14, 2011

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Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “Newt Gingrich: Demagogue, Pseudointellectual” about Gingrich’s assertion that Palestinians are an “invented” people (who therefore have no rights); the NY Times article that debunks Gingrich’s warnings on a doomsday EMP attack; the Republican primary candidates competing to be president of Israel’s fan club; and why Israel can be either a Jewish state or democratic – but not both.

MP3 here. (19:46)

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.

18 Responses to “Sheldon Richman”

  1. AMERICANS LOVE BRUTAL IMPERIALISM — IN IGNORANCE?

    Sheldon Richman
    “Americans don’t realize the daily brutality and humiliation
    that the Palestinians in the open air prisons of Gaza and
    West Bank suffer… Americans have no conception of it…”

    Sheldon is of course is referring to the voting Americans who rule our Empire, the 51% most wealthy who since 1945 have always voted for war-hawk presidents. Specifically, all those who have great jobs, terrific homes and deluxe healthcare.

    So, does our 51% most wealth not know that they are the most wealthy voting majority the world has ever known? Surely, so do they not know that our defense economy, our Military Industrial Complex, that this is the creator of all their wealth?

    And so, American indifference is not ignorance, but a willful intent to create darkness by a grand pretense of good for to enrich themselves upon the misery of our helpless victims.

  2. Its not just the money or Jewish Americans that make the candidates support this. Rather, more importantly, it is the evangelical/religious-right base of the Republican party. I wish these people would separate themselves from the Republican party and just form their own Christian theocratic party. That is ultimately what they want, a Christian Theocratic State that backs Israel and exterminates those Arabs who follow that non-Christian, devil religion, Islam.

  3. Did you say "there were no Armenians" Mr. Richman ? I know the tone was in mocking Newstster, but can you tell us who is it that claims there were no Armenians ? I know Turks claim there was no Armenian Genocide, but no Armenians ? That's a first.

  4. Ask Zuhir Mohsen if there are any Palestinians

  5. Pot calling the kettle black. I imagine that there is no such thing as ethnic purity, most likely never was. Here is a study of jewish genetics. It is clear that todays Jews are a mixture of many races and in many cases are identical to their arab brothers. If anything is contrived it is the idea that the Jews are a single people. Jews are a literal melting pot of the genetic pool. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_studies_on_J… It is really hard to imagine how such a diverse people could become such bigots just by putting them in Israel. So gentics do not make Isreally Jews a people what does? It cannot be religion a huge percent of Jews in Isreal are atheist or agnostic. http://baconeatingatheistjew.blogspot.com/2007/01… So what does make Isreally Jews a people if it is not religion or genetics? Share history, however it is hard arg to put forward that arguament because jews have lived in so many comunities around the world and do not share the same recent history. Even the Isreally language is contrived reserected. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Hebrew

  6. If I understand Sheldon (may I call you Sheldon?Oh well I just did!) correctly, he thinks it is OK to brand people. Like the old west, where the cattle were branded so there was no dispute who owned them. Like, say,… USA, is a people-farm. One can not allow others to milk the US citizen so they are branded as A People, Americans.
    Did I miss anything Sheldon?
    Otherwise I agree with the rest of your assessments.
    Here is A Poople convinced of their people-hood

  7. BRAVO! You are EXACTLY right! Don't buy the "99%" formula used by OWS. We have a significant number of people here in the US who are quite comfortable and very hawkish-a group that has almost NO members in our active military.and send their young to colleges.Solution-bring back the draft! Then you will see a non-interventionalist public replacing INFIFFERENCE.

  8. Adolf Hitler is famously quoted as saying "Who remembers the Armenians?" in reference to his plans for the holocaust.

  9. My compliments to Richman on his column "Newt Gingrich: Demogogue,
    Pseudointellectual."

    Gingrich is a bought-and-paid-for scumbag. He's an Israel-Firster. He's a chickenhawk. In short, he's a facsimile of his fellow GOP candidates, except Ron Paul.

    Piss on him.

  10. Good interview, thanks!

  11. its too bad they don't study real history

  12. Somebody needed to say this, glad Sheldon Richman did.

  13. A freewill — Only if this world is to prove the good in it

    Scott Horton
    “I’m an individualist, I guess I have always been…
    were all determined to believe in this freewill thing”

    AXIOMS
    (1) What a man feels he deserves, what his conscience tells him is his to take, this is his highest priority in life, his high watermark to achieve, and it controls every aspect of his mind character and personality.

    (2) If a man walks in darkness feeling that life is an “unalienable right” that we deserve, then he has no choice but to feel he deserves the food and wealth needed to live. Then, he has no choice but to feel he deserves to “Be All You Can Be,” to earn all you can earn, take all you can take, own all you can own and to be a dictator over all who are on land that you own.

    (3) Whereas, if a man sees the light that life is a free gift from nature, our right to pursue happiness guaranteed by the organic laws of nature, then this day of life is more then any man deserves is his way of thinking. Then he has no choice but to have conviction that we own nothing, that everything we have belongs to those who have less then us, and most guilty should we feel if ever we miss an opportunity to give all we can give.

  14. Also, Israel fought hard and I think successfully monopolised the term "holocaust" by ensuring Armenians weren't allowed to use that term to describe their genocide at the hands of the Turks.

  15. Considering that the nation-state is a relatively recent phenomenon, we can that nearly every national group was invented, this includes the Palestinians, the Israeli, and the Jewish People as a national group. You need not go back very far in history to find a time when people did not think of themselves as members of the national groups we think of today. They lived in villages, spoke their own dialects, and had their own customs. They did not identify themselves as part of some larger group that included people in nearby villages.

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  17. Yesterday Iran gave satanic USA fair warning: To block sales of our oil to world markets, this is a red line that if passed will automatically block a forth of all oil from getting to markets, as we will blockade our Straits of Hormuz.

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