Sheldon Richman


Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “Is Serfdom an Executive Order Away?” at; Obama’s National Defense Resources Preparedness plan that authorizes a government takeover of the economy during a national emergency (whatever that means); the tendency of all presidents to draft Executive Orders that grant themselves dictatorial powers; why limits on government power are now guided by political, not legal, concerns; and why we should end the wars and bring all the troops home – while we can still afford it.

MP3 here. (26:11)

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 thoughts on “Sheldon Richman”

  1. I didn't hear it mentioned, but I was under the impression that this executive order doesn't just apply to an emergency, but peacetime as well. So, the executive branch is claiming it doesn't even need a reason to implement these totalitarian powers. Life, liberty and property, in the state's view, are not natural inalienable rights, but privileges granted by them, ready to be revoked at their whim.
    Also, I wanted say that it is understandable that people are particularly fearful of this executive order, as it comes on heels of the NDAA, SOPA, Patriot Act, FEMA encampments, military-grade weaponry added to local police departments (including drones), the nationalization of health care, CIA black sites, and of course, the new power claimed by Obama to assassinate Americans without due process.

    1. You know, I was going to write a resume of O-Bomb-a's travesties and depredations, but you did such a good job that I didn't have to.

      Best regards to Sheldon Richman.

  2. Totalitarian state — Organized will of those with wealth

    In Egypt for example, the 25% most wealthy gave Mubarak a script to read and he was their most perfect paid actor.

    Whereas in Empire USA, as we have a totalitarian dominant paradigm that gives an “equal opportunity” to compete to those with super-wealth who have a super ability to compete, most everyone strives to “Be All You Can Be, to take all you can take. And as this is what our foreign policy is all about, this is how all our brutal imperialism and wars of aggression and plunder come about.

  3. Its had the excuse for years and the legislation the AUMF is so worded that it allows for matters domestic. It just needs a word weasel like Yoo to write a slimey opinion, and you will have Senators like Graham say its LAW, He is on record as saying Lawyers opinions are in fact the law of the land!

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