Zooey Greif Interviews Sheldon Richman

Zooey Greif, March 12, 2012

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Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “No to AIPAC, No to Israel, and No to War;” President Obama’s disappointing speech at the AIPAC conference, where he refused to take “options off the table” in dealing with Iran; why Iran’s modest military capability poses no real threat to Israel or the US; refuting the “mad mullah” image of Iran’s leadership – which is in fact composed of rational actors who aren’t eager to see their 2500 year old culture destroyed; the difference between Israel (the country) and Jews (as individuals); and why we needn’t fear Iranian President Ahmadinejad – who wields no real power, especially over the military – even though he often makes inflammatory remarks.

MP3 here. (20:13)

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.

4 Responses to “Sheldon Richman”

  1. Iran has become Israel's latest and greatest 'existential scapegoat'. Over the years Israel has become more and more warlike, and war has become their 'reason for living', that which gives their lives purpose and meaning. They have to have war or their lives will seem meaningless and empty.

  2. Our voting majority, they being the most wealthy voters the world has ever known, are they really so stupid as to not know where all their excessive wealth came from?

  3. 1% High Society — Earns 20% of all income in Empire USA

    A March 7 report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), shows that the share of total income going to the top 1 percent of US households rose to 19.8 percent in 2010. A the highest since the 1920s.

    Wealth disparity, perhaps the major factor in all our wars of aggression and plunder.

  4. Sheldon Richman knocks it out of the ballpark with his column "No to AIPAC, No to Israel, and No to War." My compliments to him.

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