Paul as a Stooge for Adolph Hitler
by Walter Block: Ron
Paul and the Environment
or not, Congressman Paulís critics are now claiming he is a Neville
Chamberlain, who would have, were he president at the outset of
World War II, have given Adolph Hitler a free ride (see here).
With Dr. Paul at the helm, the last century would have been the
beginning of a Nazi Reich.
First of all,
a President Paul would never have foisted an oil embargo on Japan.
So, there would have been no attack on Pearl Harbor, and no fighting
with the Japanese military would have been necessary. This consideration
alone means that hundreds of thousands of innocent people would
not have perished. And, also, it would not have been the case that
the U.S. would have been the only country in history to have actually
used atomic weapons. (Is it not a bit hypocritical for the U.S.
to object to Iran having a nuclear weapon on this ground alone?)
did indeed declare war on Germany; this is compatible with the U.S.
Constitution, which Ron Paul, if no other candidate for President
in 2012, fervently supports.
most important, it is unlikely that Hitler would have ever risen
to power in Germany without U.S. entry into World War I, in 1917.
Although contrary to fact history can only be speculative, consider
the following points.
U.S. poked its nose into a war that was none of its business (neither
side threatened us), the war was fought on a roughly equal basis.
Thousands of soldiers, on both sides, perished in fighting over
a few acres of trenches. Likely, this war would have petered out
before too long, if only due to the fact that both sides were running
out of material, human and otherwise, necessary to carry on. But,
our ruling class had more bonds with the British than with the Germans,
so our way ahead was clear, with no President Paul to save us from
As a result,
the Allies beat the Axis powers. Following up on this, the punitive
Treaty of Versailles was imposed upon the losers, who were declared
solely responsible for the hostilities. This lead to the German
hyper-inflation of 1923, which, along with the aforementioned Treaty
of Versailles, reduced the German society and economy to a rubble.
It was only in the aftermath of these body blows to the German people
that a scoundrel such as Hitler could have arisen.
A Paul presidency
in 1940 would have meant a war with Germany, but not Japan. However,
a President Paul in 1917 would not have encouraged U.S. entry into
that conflagration. If he was successful, there would have been
no need for any declaration of war against Germany, as there would
have been no Adolph Hitler and his Nazis in charge. He would have
been, instead, an unknown house painter. With a President Paul at
the helm, there would have been no holocaust; no 50 million people
perishing during this war; no dropping of atomic bombs on innocent
civilians, women and children, to our eternal shame.
this "war" nomenclature, the historians have got it all
wrong. There were not two separate wars, so-called World War I,
and then so-called World War II. There was only one World
War. It started in 1914 and ended in 1946; yes, yes, there was a
slight cessation of hostilities between 1919 and 1939, but the so-called
"interwar period" consisted of the Allies taking steps
that brought Hitler front and center, in effect created him,
and thus assured the continuation of this one World War.
(In like manner, the historians who claim there was a "Civil
War" in the U.S. between 1861 and 1865 are similarly mistaken.
A civil war takes place between two parties each of which desires
to rule the territory occupied by the both of them. The Spanish
Civil War qualifies in this regard, because the Communists and the
Fascists both wanted to rule over that entire country. But in 1861,
while the North wanted control over the entire U.S. both North and
South, the South only desired to secede. So, a more proper
name for this conflagration would be, The War to Prevent Southern
Secession, or the U.S. War of Secession.)
Can we be sure
of any such alternative history of the sort I am assuming with Ron
Paul as President during these earlier epochs? Of course not. But,
it is more likely, far more likely, than the scenarios painted by
the enemies of Ron Paul in their feverish attempt to deny him the
presidency, and to deny the rest of us the peace and prosperity
we all want. Contrary to fact history can only be a guess-timate.
The critics of Congressman Paul maintain he would have been a pushover
for Hitler. I maintain, to the contrary, that he would not have
created a Hitler as did actually occur, and, had he taken
office only in 1940, he would have presided as commander in chief
over a war declared by congress. He would have won it more quickly,
since he would have only had to fight Germany and Italy, not Japan
too. Yes, Germany only declared war against America because of the
U.S. declaration of war against Japan. But, as long as Congress
declared war on Germany, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. armed forces
Paul would have acted in a Constitutional manner in pursuing this
war. Dr. Paul does not oppose war per se, only offensive wars not
declared by Congress, as he has stated over and over again. Ron
Paul is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force; he has served his country
in a military capacity, unlike the hordes of chicken hawks now calling
for unconstitutional imperialist wars but who sought deferments
when they were young men.
and anti-Semitism charges have failed. This Hitler criticism is
just plain silly. They canít call him a flip-flopper. They have
already attacked his suits and his eye-brows. Yes, his eye-brows.
I guess they are not sufficiently presidential. What smears are
next for Dr. Paul, as he sweeps his way into the White House? We
can only speculate. How about, Ronís love child? Children? Or, his
15 mistresses? No, wait; here is a better one: Ron as child abuser.
Remember those 4,000 babies he delivered? Well, he molested them
all. This just in: they are now criticizing his investment portfolio.
More fast breaking news: Ron is "indifferent
to throwing people out of work." Will wonders never cease?
Itís really hard to keep up with all the attacks. I mean, the man
is a real ogre. Maybe we Paulians shouldnít support him? Nah. Heís
the best man to clean out the Augean stables. Congressman Paul might
have some difficulty winning the Republican nomination, but when
it comes to his face off with President Obama next year, heís going
to kick butt. Obombaís supporters will desert him for his imperialist
militarism, for his bailouts, for his opposition to drug legalization.
Independents, and even Democrats, will prove Dr. Paulís margin of
Block [send him mail] is a
professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans, and a senior
fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of Defending
the Undefendable and Labor
Economics From A Free Market Perspective. His latest book
Privatization of Roads and Highways.
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