Historical Questions in Political Economy

From: R
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2018 4:47 PM
To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>
Subject: History

Dear Walter,

I hope you’re doing well.

I’m trying to decipher the history—I need not say real history because history by definition is real—of the awful 20th century. I’m puzzled at almost every step. Here are some things I’ve yet to resolve:

  • Was the Russian Revolution Russian, or was it Jewish?
  • It seems obvious to me that Charles Lindbergh was an American hero, but what’s the truth about Joe McCarthy, Henry Ford, and Father Coughlin?
  • Did the concentration camps systematically exterminate people, Jews and others?
  • Hitler had to be a bad guy, albeit one of many democratically elected bad guys (Roosevelt, Truman, Churchill, Mussolini…) circa WWII, simply because he was a socialist. But how did his National Socialism get Germany out depression and hyperinflation? What’s the economic fallacy?

Any answers or suggestions where I start? Or will I be thrown in jail and fined if I try to find out?

Best wishes,

From: Walter Block [mailto:wblock@loyno.edu
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 1:37 PM
To: R
Subject: RE: History

Dear R:

I’m not a historian, so I don’t know the answers to these questions. However, I do know that in some countries (Canada, many in Europe) you can go to jail for mentioning these issues, if you come up with “wrong” answers, particularly, this one:

  • Did the concentration camps systematically exterminate people, Jews and others?

My favorite historian is Tom Woods. Perhaps you should ask him these questions.

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2:41 am on March 11, 2019