to popular belief, the betrayal of the American right and the Republican
Party did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, his
father George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, or Barry Goldwater. It
began much earlier as this new book by the late Murray N. Rothbard
This is a fabulous
book I have eagerly awaited almost thirty years. It meets my every
expectation and confirmation of the brilliance of its author. Murray
Rothbard remains unsurpassed in analytical insight and clarity of
presidential candidate Ron Paul often describes himself as belonging
to the non-interventionist tradition of the “Old Right” in American
politics, and that his hero or mentor in this regard is Ohio Republican
Senator Robert A. Taft, son of President and Chief Justice of the
United States William H. Taft.
To the mouthpieces
of the mainstream news media with their shallow view of American
political history, this is very perplexing. Their superficial knowledge
of events rarely stretches beyond the Reagan years, if indeed that
The “Old Right”
arose in opposition to the warfare/welfare state of Franklin Roosevelt’s
New Deal and Harry Truman’s Fair Deal policies of domestic corporate
statism and foreign imperial interventionism.
The “Old Right”
Republicans in Congress, such as Senator Taft, Congressman Howard
Buffett (father of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett), Congressman
George Bender, and Congressman H. R. Gross, were pro-peace opponents
of war, militarism, imperialism, and conscription. Reminiscent of
Ron Paul, they fought against tyrannical centralization of power
in the executive branch, and the undeclared, no-win Korean War as
Paul has done with the Iraq War.
lies and intelligence duplicity involved in the Korean conflict
as there has been with the war in Iraq. Howard Buffett was convinced
the disastrous war in Korea was aggressively launched by the U.
S. as described in secret Senate Armed Services Committee classified
testimony by CIA Director Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoeter, much like
the role played by George Tenent and the Pentagon’s Office of Special
Plans concerning Iraq.
But after WWII
this glorious tradition suffered crucial setbacks (such as the well-documented
theft of the 1952 Republican nomination of Taft by the Eisenhower
forces) and eventually in the early 1950s the “Old Right” was being
replaced by a “New Right” of aggressive militarists committed to
a global imperial role for the United States.
I have long
believed that the secret role of the intelligence community (in
particular that of CIA operative William F. Buckley’s National
Review magazine) in precipitating this decisive shift in opinion
was crucial and Rothbard confirms these suspicions. This terrific
new book details how this betrayal all came about. Originally written
in the early 1970s and updated in the 1990s prior to his death,
it has finally been published and is more timely than ever.
For a terrific
description of the 1952 Republican Convention story and much more,
see Phyllis Schlafly’s A
Choice Not An Echo, one of the true American classics of
modern political publishing. While Schlafly’s 1964 pamphlet was
designed to advocate the presidential candidacy of Arizona Senator
Barry Goldwater, it nevertheless remains an on-target expos of
how the “secret kingmakers,” the northeastern seaboard anglophile
Establishment of the Morgan/Rockefeller international bankers, relentlessly
tried to destroy and sabotage the popular “Old Right” Republican
forces in presidential elections from 1936 onward.
book is Thomas E. Mahl’s Desperate
Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939–44,
which details the vast secret intelligence campaign of British intelligence,
the Roosevelt administration, and the anglophile Establishment to
push the United States into World War II and destroy the “Old Right”
in the process. As pointed out above, these efforts were continued
under the CIA, the successor to the WWII Office of Strategic Services.
continues today by the CIA’s demonic spawn, the neocons. Neoconservatism:
A CIA Front?
hated Robert Taft and the “Old Right” and did everything possible
to destroy their influence and impact on American policy. Their
Establishment descendants hate Ron Paul and will try to do everything
to destroy him and his presidential candidacy.
books are must-reading for all Ron Paul supporters to know your
history and what we are up against.
saving grace today is that the Internet has destroyed the formerly
all-powerful impact of the Establishment’s mainstream news media’s
gatekeepers in setting the parameters of the presidential policy
Act upon this
A. Burris [send him mail]
is a history instructor in an American high school.