Scott Horton Interviews Sheldon Richman

Scott Horton, May 27, 2012

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Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “On Israel’s ‘Right to Exist;’” the libertarian perspective on the rights of individuals and states; how Israel’s “right” is used as rhetorical misdirection, changing the subject away from the plight of Palestinians; defining Israel as “the state of the Jewish people” irrespective of location (since all Jews have the right of return); why the “end of Israel,” as defined, does not mean Jews will be pushed into the sea, but that all the people will have equal rights under the law; and why the goal of hardcore Zionists is ethnic cleansing, not apartheid.

MP3 here. (18:30)

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.

15 Responses to “Sheldon Richman”

  1. MY COMMENT: It is the "2009 Global Language Dictionary" by Frank Luntz that Scott Horton was referring to just after the break. It was commissioned by The Israel Project, a right-wing pro-Israel group.

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Israel Project]: (excerpt) The Israel Project (TIP) is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization that gets facts about Israel and the Middle East to press, public officials and the public. . .
    • 2009 Global Language Dictionary
    The Israel Project commissioned a study by Frank Luntz who ran polls and focus groups to determine the best language to use to promote Israeli settlements to the American public.[12] The study was marked, “Not for distribution or publication” and was leaked to Newsweek online. It recommends being positive, framing the issue as being about peace not settlements and to claim that the rejection of Jewish settlements is anti-Semitic and "ethnic cleansing". The document also lists arguments that don't work, in particular noting that religious, ownership and "scapegoat" arguments failed to sway listeners, that Arab housing is being demolished in East Jerusalem because it fails to meet the building code, the worst claim by this group in the guide is "Israel is so rich and so strong that they fail to see why it is necessary for armored tanks to shoot at unarmed kids" para (3) page 90. This study states that "public opinion is hostile to the settlements – even among supporters of Israel" so instead of dwelling on settlements one should always talk positively and focus on past peace achievement. [12] [13]
    Critics such as J Street describe the advice as "If you get a question about settlements, change the subject. If pressed, say stopping settlements is "a kind of ethnic cleansing". J Street sent a mailing to their organization asking their members to send letters to TIP asking them to "remove pro-settlement fear-mongering talking points from The Israel Project's materials".[3] . . .
    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Project#2009_

  2. I've never understood this Israel-has-the-right-to-exist bullshit. Why should a bunch of Zionist rabble, dumped into the middle of the desert, have a "right to exist"? Why should this Zionist entity–which enslaves 1.5 million Palestinians in the "Gaza Ghetto"–have a "right to exist"? Why should this Zionist entity–which commits every crime imaginable against its U.S. protector/sugar daddy–have a "right to exist"?

    Best regards to Sheldon Richman.

  3. Why should the USA continue to exist? have you done enough damage in the world? Your country has always been run by morons who have to interfere in other countries: vietnam, korea, iraq, kuwait, you fund the arab muslim leaders, suppress the prices of silver and gold that have ruined so many countries and the lives of the people in those countries.

    A Jews cured polio no thanks to the jew haters who run your universities.

    Sugar Daddy US?? you are broke, your cities make us vomit, 40% of your people will soon be obese and living on food stamps.

    Israel does not want your worthless money.

    The USA has commited every crime imaginable – dropped atomic bombs on innocent children?

    Why should the USA have a right to exist? So your secret service can get drunk and rape?

    I only go the US to laugh at the clowns

  4. Life a free gift that should humble — Or a right that inflates pride?

    What a person feels they deserve, this controls every aspect of their mind, character and personality. For it is their goal in life, their high watermark to achieve.

    So, was the Promised Land a right that will always be due and owed to them? Or was it a free gift that they do not deserve, a gift that was taken away from them because of the pride inherent in ownership and the ingrate nature inherent in the Thomas Jefferson brainwash of thinking that free gifts from nature are rights due and owed to us by nature?

  5. At the Sixth Zionist Congress (1903), Herzl proposed the British Uganda Program as a temporary refuge '

    The 1903 zionist congress endorsed the homeland in Uganda. Most of the rewrites so type of the zionist web pages claims it was only a temporary solution to the heavy danger the jews of russia faced because in Russia. Millions of jews were looking for a new place to live and the vast majority moved to the United States. In 1880 Lord Rothchild purchased large land areas in the are a of what was to become Israel. As lord Rothchild holding of land grew the "desire" of the jews for a homeland in Palestine grew. In 1908 the jewish population of the Palestine area was about 8 percent so it is pretty clear that 40 years of financial incentives did not make a major draw to the Lord Rothchild chosen homeland of the Jews. The vast majority of the jews who fought in the 1948 war were illegal immigrants funded by the zionist in the 1930. Most of those illegals avoid combat during WWII and many actually were attacking the british troops who were actually fighting hitler.

  6. Only in Arabia jew play JPAramco MOrgan freely..In 1908 jew were 2% theives, Today they r 99%Tradkillincc-Madoff'z in hamir Q clothincc

  7. Let them keep playing JPAramco Tarnib with ABodjorMacca..Soon they have to reason with Quran.

  8. P.S. ALSO SEE THIS SERIES OF THREE ARTICLES BY RICHARD SILVERSTEIN:
    • "The Israel Project’s Secret Hasbara Handbook Exposed", 7/10/09 – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2009
    • "Republican Pollster Crafts Secret Handbook for Israel Lobby (Part 2) " , 7/11/09 – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2009
    • "Frank Luntz’s Hasbara ‘Fictionary’ (Part 3)", 7/13/09 – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2009

  9. its all in the hands of america to act righteously and not zionistly… other nations like russia and china would pass impressive comments but would not interefere to protect any country….. americans citizens will have to wide open your eyes to stop its govt. from injustice…. americans, pls revolt!! save the world…

  10. Mr. Silver, I thank you for your comments, they are indeed refreshing. Some people would say that you were not very polite. Most of the people in the world are very polite when it comes to criticizing other countries, while Americans spill their guts criticizing anybody and everybody and can be so belligerent and insulting in the process. Every once in a while we ask; “Why do they hate us?”, only to quickly close our eyes and ears to the answers. Therefore, I appreciate reading comments, also coming from the gut of someone who thinks we stink to high heaven. We need more of this sort of criticism, simply because we deserve it and need to hear it.

    I take it for granted that you are Israeli and remind you that you forgot to mention that while the US destroys the little support system it has for its people, the Israelis enjoy a complete support system in healthcare, education, housing, etc – Israel takes care of its own, while America doesn´t.
    Aside from some crazy policies coming out of Israel, Americans are totally ashamed of how their leadership genuflects to the leaders of your country and are reacting to such disgusting behavior. How would you feel to have such creeps representing your people?
    Israelis needs to be very careful about their relationship with the US – as you have read in the news; there are plans by DOD to create a war with the entire Muslim community, using nuclear weapons and as you have already stated, we are crazy enough to use them, again. Even if there were no nuclear retaliation from the other side, do you think there would be life as usual for anyone in the region, indeed any part of Israel? It is your neighborhood those maniacs want to nuke and it is your leadership that is pushing the anti-Muslim rhetoric and war with Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, etc.

    I´m afraid that the relationship between our two countries is not a healthy one, we are bad for each other.

  11. Right, as such, are endowed to Individuals by The Creator (God, Allah or whomever you may prefer), they are not manmade. Hence no government, a manmade entity, can have Rights. That includes the "Right to Exist" and that applies to ALL countries. See the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence for a more eloquent description of the Rights of people and their relationship to the governments they create.

  12. Is there a possibility you could use English?

  13. English, again, would be helpful. Or some language that is understandable.

  14. Dear Mr. Silver:
    I am sorry you feel that way about my nation. I ask that you take the money you spend on making visits to a nation that you hate and use that money to lobby those pigs in your nation that like the bleed the workers of the USA for so much money. I am sure you will feel better if you do but then again you do sound like you enjoy feeling that you are superior. I will not that the present prime minister of Israel is a son of one of those Jew haters who ran our universities. Go look up Bibi father and look under disgusting terrorist who then will not raise his kids in the nation he help create with his acts of terrorism. I wonder if bibi father would be one of those disgusting jew hater but for every other religion on the planet. BTW are you related to bibi's father?

  15. If Silver Scumbag doesn't want US money for Israel, maybe the US should start giving those annual billion$ to Iran or Palestinians instead…and get to the bottom of the USS Liberty attack, and enforce some UN resolutions and the NPT.

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