1215, Magna Carta, "The Great Charter." King John, 1166-1216, signed the Magna Carter into law. Who was he? Here's a timeline of the events leading up to the signing of the Magna Carter.
1492, Christopher Columbus. That link there contains a good article to explain all of the Christopher Columbus bashing. Oh, there is no dispute of his brutality, thievery, and murderous ways; it's just that the Left loves to traipse out all of the anti-Christopher Columbus arguments to demonize all European white males. Laughable.
1509-1564, On the Economics of Calvin & Calvinism. Calvin broke with Aristotle on economics and capital controls. Calvin argued in favor of capitalism, breaking price controls that stagnated an economy. "The United States could never have risen to become the world's financial center without moving past Aristotle, past just price laws, past capital controls" argues Jerry Bowyer.
1655, On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
BOOKS ON AMERICAN NATIONAL ORIGIN
No political order can be religiously neutral, and the modern political order in the United States and other Western nations, called "pluralism," is in reality polytheism
1746, The Theological Origins of the U.S. Constitution, pg 53.
1765-1783, American Revolution
Thomas Fleming books.
A precursor to American Revolution. . .
1775, "The colonists had a sweet deal in 1775. Great Britain was the second freest nation on earth. Switzerland was probably the most free nation, but I would be hard-pressed to identify any other nation in 1775 that was ahead of Great Britain. And in Great Britain’s Empire, the colonists were by far the freest."
1775-1783, American Revolutionary War.
1776, Declaration of Independence.
1787, Shay's Rebellion.
The 1787 convention would not have taken place had it not been for John Hancock's big toe. That sucked Washington into it. He had resisted until then.
1799, Gradual Abolition Law in New York.
1800-1820, Second Great Awakening. Charles Grandison Finney, 1792-1875, was the leader of the Second Great Awakening. Finney and Lyman Beecher were fanatics who with the Second Great Awakening launched anti-Catholic campaigns.
1801-1835, John Marshall, former Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.
1807, British Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act. It effectively ended slave trade in England.
1808, U.S. Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves was passed to end not slavery but the importation of slaves hence forth.
AMERICAN INDIAN (Check with Will Grigg on American Indian battles, like Wounded Knee and others.)
1812, War of 1812
Issues: Abolitionism v. Anti-Slavery. Important differences. Abolitionism, of whom mass murderer, John Brown, was one of its leading members, was used by the Yankee New Englanders as fuel to mass murder Americans in the southern states during the Civil War.
The darker side of the Yankee mind has had its expression in American history as well as the side of high ideals. Timothy McVeigh from New York and the Unabomber from Harvard are, like John Brown, examples of this side of the Yankee problem. (Even though distinguished Yankee intellectuals have declared that their violence was a product of the evil "Southern gun culture.")
John Brown, 1800-1859, an abolitionist and monster, murdered a half dozen southern soldiers in front of their children and wives. He had the financial backing of northern abolitionists. He lived by the ideology that "without the emission of blood, there is no forgiveness for sin."
1816-1819, First Seminole War.
1819, McCulloch v. Maryland.
1821, New York's reformed Constitution of 1821 retained the property requirement for voting, thereby preventing most blacks from voting in New York. Abolitionist Movement gains steam in the U.S. with the state of New York being the first to officially abolish slavery completely. Here is a timeline.
1828, New York state abolishes slavery. Why did it take 7 years and why did NY abolish slavery in 1828, which corresponded with the Tariff of Abominations?
1830, In tandem with Pietism came the Welfare State and in 1860 Progressivism.
1830s, Temperance Movement. Lyman Beecher, 1775-1863, was one of the movement's co-founders as well as supporter of the Second Great Awakening.
Postmillenialism was a dominant theological belief among American Protestants who promoted reform movements in the 19th and 20th century such as abolitionism and the Social Gospel. Postmillennialism has become one of the key tenets of a movement known as Christian Reconstructionism. It has been criticized by 20th century religious conservatives as an attempt to Immanentize the eschaton.
Lysander Spooner provides excellent insight on the unconstitutionality of slavery.
1833, UK Paid to Abolish Slavery via Slavery Abolition Act.
1835, Dade Massacre.
1835, Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Great 1962 article by Robert Schuettinger. From the artricle:
"Tocqueville saw that the real threat to a democratic society in our age would not be what the Tories dreaded, anarchy, nor would it be the absolute dictatorship feared by the Old Liberals; rather, it would be the mild tyranny of mediocrity, a standardization of mind and spirit, a gray uniformity enforced by a central government in the name of "humanity" and "social justice."
1835-1842, Second Seminole War.
1846, US Invasion of Mexico. ". . . from the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. . . ." Ryan McMaken points out that . . .
"Much of the [Marine] behavior was motivated by the crazed anti-Catholicism endemic among most American troops, and of course, by long-standing bigotry toward Mexicans in general. The disdain for civilian Mexicans was so great, in fact, that such behavior was a major motivating factor for the members of the famous San Patricio Battalion of Irish and German Catholics which went over the Mexican side at least partially in response to the American treatment of Mexican civilians. From a history of the San Patricios . . . ."
1848, Revolutions in Europe. Failed revolutionaries flee to the United States.
Excerpt from a podcast between John Denson, an Alabama lawyer, and Lew Rockwell, head of the Mises Institute. Terrific review of the role played in the US by the Forty-Eighters and their impact on Lincoln and the Civil War.
Let me move on to a second book that I think is important. And this is something brand new to me. This is a book called Red Republicans and Lincoln Marxists. And the subtitle is Marxism in the Civil War. It's by Walter D. Kennedy and Al Benson Jr. It's been out several years. But is it about the effect of the 1848 revolutions in Europe and what they did to America.
1850, Frederic Bastiat's The Law. Here is Wikipedia's history.
This is why the US Civil War is important and relevant today. "Almost everything, in short, that is currently evil on the American political scene, had its roots and its beginnings in the Civil War." --Murray Rothbard. Here is more from Charles Burris.
[Northern] hatred for Southerners long predated their objections to slavery. Abolitionists were convinced that New England, whose spokesmen had begun the American Revolution, should have been the leaders of the new nation. Instead, they had been displaced by Southern “slavocrats” like Thomas Jefferson."
Political support for the North in the Civil War came from Germans exiting the 1848 revolution in Germany.
The Outlaw Josey Wales, released in 1976, is based on Forrest Carter's Rebel Outlaw: The Josey Wales, 1973.
1861, The Sacking of Osceola, Missouri, September 23. The movie, starring Tobey Maguire, Ride with the Devil, 1999, depicts the guerrilla warfare on the border states at the outset of the Civil War. It's directed by Ang Lee. I liked the movie for showing how expansive the war was across counties and states.
1862, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, eulogizes Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862. "The Eastern elitists, from Emerson, the Alcotts, Hawthorne, Melville, Horace Greeley, etc. were orthodox Christians they were all a part of the progressive agenda that led to the Lincoln idolatry," observes Newleaf.
1862, Battle of Shiloh. Here's one history and another. This music by Bobby Horton should not be missed.
1862, Pharaoh's Army, starring Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, and Patricia Clarkson. "In the spring of 1862, in the Cumberland Mountains 'down near the Tennessee line,' war sympathies were strongly divided against neighbors." Wikipedia.
1862, The Homestead Acts. Lincoln hoped to bleed the South of fighting men by offering 160 acres per man for free; sans the filing fee.
1863, Emancipation Proclamation, January 1.
1863, Lawrence, Kansas, August 21.
1863, November 19, Gettysburg Address and what Lincoln's speech achieved. And here is Gary North's interpretation of Lincoln's address.
1864, Burning of the Shenandoah Valley by Ulysses S. Grant & Philip Sheridan. Shenandoah Valley.
1864/1865, 13th Amendment. Gary North tells it like it is:
“Wait a minute! Are you saying that the various levels of civil government should shut down prisons and re-institute slavery?” Yes, I am. That’s what the U.S. Constitution authorizes.
I am saying that slavery in the private sector is better for the victims and the criminals than slavery in the public sector, which is what prisons are. Slavery in the public sector is inherently unproductive.
The actual text of the 13th amendment is rarely discussed in public, and never in public school textbooks. Why not? Because the text of the 13th Amendment flies in the face of the idea of the messianic State, the State that promises to make bad men good and good men better. The therapeutic state is the modern concept of the State. C. S. Lewis called this . He regarded it as a moral monstrosity, which is exactly what it is. The idea that someone should be sold into slavery, where he can earn his way out — the biblical system — is an affront to the defenders of the messianic State. “Criminals must pay their debts to society — at taxpayers’ expense!”
So, we have a gigantic prison industry, where taxpayers are charged on average about to house criminals. (In New York City, where everything costs more, it’s about .) Here, young people learn new trades from skilled professionals. When released, they go back into the job market as trained criminals.
1865, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. His dates are February 12, 1809-April 15, 1865.
"No period of Southern history has been covered by more distortions in recent times than has 1865-1876. Not too long ago, nearly everybody, including Northerners, regarded this period as a shameful un-American exercise in military rule and limitless corruption. Now, it is established academic "truth" that the only thing wrong with Reconstruction was that it was not ruthless enough. The South should have been subjected to a complete Marxist, egalitarian revolution." Clyde Wilson. Matthew, 19:30 is used to justify revolution.
1866, A critique of Lincoln and his neocons:
POST CIVIL WAR: THE PLAINS INDIAN WARS
Lincoln’s old personal friend Grenville Dodge, who he had appointed as a military general, initially recommended that slaves be made of the Indians so that they could be forced to dig the railroad beds from Iowa to California (See Dee Brown, Hear that Lonesome Whistle Blow, p. 64). The government decided instead to try to murder as many Indians as possible, women and children included, and then to imprison the survivors in concentration camps euphemistically called "reservations."
When he became president, Grant made his old pal Sherman the commanding general of the U.S. Army and another "Civil War" luminary, General Phillip Sheridan, assumed command on the ground in the West. "Thus the great triumvirate of the Union Civil War effort," writes Fellman (P. 260), "formulated and enacted military Indian policy until reaching, by the 1880s, what Sherman sometimes referred to as ‘the final solution of the Indian problem’" (emphasis added). Other former Union Army officers joined in the slaughter. This included John Pope, O.O. Howard, Nelson Miles, Alfred Terry, E.O.C. Ord, C.C. Augur, Edward Canby, George Armstrong Custer, Benjamin Garrison, and Winfield Scott Hancock.
"Sherman viewed Indians as he viewed recalcitrant Southerners during the war and newly freed people after: resisters to the legitimate forces of an ordered society," writes John Marzalek, author of Sherman: A Soldier’s Passion for Order (p. 380). "During the Civil War," Marzalek continues, "Sherman and Sheridan had practiced a total war of destruction of property . . . . Now the army, in its Indian warfare, often wiped out entire villages . . . . Sherman insisted that the only answer to the Indian problem was all-out war – of the kind he had utilized against the Confederacy."
1867, US War on Plains Indians.
from Tom Di Lorenzo . . . .
Drawing on Michael Fellman’s book, Citizen Sherman, the general is quoted as saying the following about the Plains Indians shortly after the war: "It is one of those irreconcilable conflicts that will end only in one way, one or the other must be exterminated . . . . We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to the extermination, men, women and children" (p. 26). According to Fellman, Sherman "had given [General Phillip] Sheridan prior authorization to slaughter as many women and children as well as men Sheridan or his subordinates felt was necessary . . . . Sherman would cover the political and media front" and "maintained personal deniability." "The more Indians we can kill this year, the less will have to be killed next year," wrote Sherman. "They all have to be killed or be maintained as a species of paupers."
Valerie quotes Professor Harry Stout of Yale Divinity School as recently writing that Sherman’s "religion" was "America, and America’s God was a jealous God of law and order." All those who "resisted" were "reprobates who deserved death."
But Sherman’s "religion" was not "America," which at the time was comprised of some 30 million people. His God was the federal government or, more specifically, the Lincoln administration and Lincoln himself. This is what motivated Sherman, not the ending of slavery or anything else. After all, the citizens of the Southern states were Americans and included the descendants of Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, and Patrick Henry, among other notable historical figures (Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Custis Lee, was descended from Martha Washington’s family).
1868, Memorial Day, every year since 1868. Formerly called "Decoration Day."
1870s, Horatio Alger, Jr., Rags to Riches stories.
The railroads, acting as a military force multiplier, began ferrying tourists to the West for the specific purpose of “sport-hunting” buffalo.
“Massive hunting parties began to arrive in the West by train, with thousands of men packing .50 caliber rifles, and leaving a trail of buffalo carnage in their wake,” recalls King. “Hunters began killing buffalo by the hundreds of thousands,” leaving their ravaged bodies to bloat and fester.
When survivors sought medical help, they discovered that the first priority was to tend to the wounds of the handful of Army personnel who had been injured in the course of carrying out the slaughter. Many of them perished from exposure and untended wounds. For several days the ground at Wounded Knee was littered with the bodies of the dead. On January 3, 1891, the mortal remains of the victims were gathered and interred in a mass grave.
1892, "The Pledge of Allegiance" was written by Francis Bellamy, a defrocked Baptist minister. See Tom DiLorenzo's review. The salute that the Nazis used under Hitler was actually an import from the United States, called the Bellamy salute.
1896, Transformation of the American Party System, Murray Rothbard.
1906, Upton Sinclair's novel, The Jungle, is published. Lawrence W. Reed writes, "One hundred years ago, a great and enduring myth was born. Muckraking novelist Upton Sinclair wrote a novel entitled —a tale of greed and abuse that still reverberates as a case against a free economy. Sinclair’s “jungle” was unregulated enterprise; his example was the meat-packing industry; his purpose was government regulation. The culmination of his work was the passage in 1906 of the Meat Inspection Act, enshrined in history, or at least in history books, as a sacred cow (excuse the pun) of the interventionist state.
1910, Bombing of the Los Angeles Times killed 21 and injured 100 people.
1912, Austrian Business Cycle Theory, ABCT, developed by Ludwig von Mises.
Laurence Vance on Tax-Withholding:
1914, Ludlow Massacre, April 20, 1914, Ludlow, Colorado between Trinidad and Walsenburg, Colorado. Here are some pretty good pictures.
1914, Harrison Act
"An Act To provide for the registration of, with collectors of internal revenue, and to impose a special tax on all persons who produce, import, manufacture, compound, deal in, dispense, sell, distribute, or give away opium or coca leaves, their salts, derivatives, or preparations, and for other purposes." The courts interpreted this to mean that physicians could prescribe narcotics to patients in the course of normal treatment, but not for the treatment of addiction.
1917, October Revolution.
1917, I.V. Lenin, 1870-1924.Gary North explains that "In any case, if Lenin had not become a Communist and a revolutionary, and if he had not been an organizational genius, very few people would still know anything about Karl Marx. It was Lenin, not Marx, who made Communism a worldwide movement." Oct, 24, 2014.
WWI Historical Association contains resources and photographs of the war.
Who was protesting against WWI?
1918, November 11, Armistice Day. "Is Veterans Day the worst of the military holidays?" asks Laurence Vance.
Anthony Gregory reminds us . . .
"Well after World War II and at the end of the Korean War, President Eisenhower signed a bill in 1954 that changed the name of the national holiday to Veterans' Day. There were good intentions: America's veterans of wars other than World War I deserved some recognition. Interestingly enough, however, the United States had not retracted its military reach after World War II as it now was in a perpetual state of war against Communism. Whereas after World War I, the United States brought its armed forces home, the Cold War guaranteed that the United States would henceforth have little interest in armistice, in truce, in peace."
1919, Versailles Treaty.
In “Crazy for Democracy,” the outspoken antiwar Zora accused the United States of using taxpayer’s money and American blood to “carry the English, French, and Dutch and lead them back on millions of unwilling Asiatics.” She also denounced the federal government’s interventionism in state affairs and defended that the best way to deal with the racial issues was to allow communities to work their problems on their own instead of allowing the federal government to enact more unconstitutional laws to “solve” everybody’s problems.
Hurston was a passionate critic of those who supported any form of interventionism in the name of freedom, a characteristic that placed her right with the Old Right.
“People who claim that it is a noble thing to die for freedom and democracy wax frothy if anyone points out the inconsistency of their morals.”
By referring to Harry S. Truman as the “butcher of Asia,” Zora Naele Hurston went down in history as one of the only authors brave enough to defend unpopular positions in a time when being cool meant being a liberal intellectual.
1920, Twelve Agrarians (Southern writers).
1920, Matewan, West Virginia. And here's the movie by John Sayles, starring Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell, James Earl Jones, and David Strathairn.
1920, September 16, 1920, Bombing of Wall Street killed 30 people instantly, 8 more people died from their injuries with a total of 143 injured. Apparently the target was JP Morgan Bank.
1921, Tusla, Oklahoma Riots.
1924-1929, Federal Reserve monetary inflation.
1925, Henry Louis Mencken on problems of Southern culture.
1927, Sacco and Vanzetti executed.
BOOKS ON THE 1920S
"Did Capitalism Cause the Great Depression?" by Murray Rothbard
1931, Canada secedes from Great Britain.
1933, Soviet Purges
Partial view of a plaque with photos of victims of the Great Purge who were shot in the Butovo firing range near Moscow. The photos were taken after the arrest of each victim.
1933, Catholic philosopher who took on Hitler, Dietrich von Hildebrand, 1889-1977. Read his memoirs [found also in the WWII section at the bottom of this page] to see his influence to move world sentiment against Hitler. Here is an article that reviews his life and work.
Here is an audio interview that Tom Woods did with David Beito where they discuss the welfare state. That interview is titled "Before the Welfare State," and in it they discuss Beito's book From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967, published in 2000. Welfare before Welfare, David Beito.
Here, I have linked to a few resources on the rise of totalitarianism that accompanied WWI and WWII by Charles Burris: Totalitarian Art.
1933-1936, FDR's New Deal
1935, Winston Churchill, 1874-1965. Do not miss this talk by Ralph Raico on Churchill, whose favorite past time was war. Key members of the Fabian Society (or Britain's Socialism society) Beatrice & Sidney Webb, supported Churchill.
Photos from The Atlantic on the fields of WWII.
Dr. Gary North explains that "World War II seemed to defeat the fascist nations by the combined forces of Soviet Communism and Western democracy. But the War was in fact the establishment of a permanent warfare-welfare state, and Truman escalated this to become a national surveillance state."
1936, Minimum-wage laws and Eugenics.
1936, Berlin Olympics. Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals as Hitler hosted the Olympics. Short of an outright ban, through the Nazi Party newspaper Hitler strongly discouraged blacks and Jews from participating in the Olympics. Only when other countries threatened to ban the Olympics did he relent. "Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy, and the official Nazi party paper, the Völkischer Beobachter, wrote in the strongest terms that Jews and Black people should not be allowed to participate in the Games. However, when threatened with a boycott of the Games by other nations, he relented and allowed Black people and Jews to participate, and added one token participant to the German team—a German woman, Helene Mayer, who had a Jewish father."
WWII Isolationism. “Isolationism" was coined as a smear term to apply to opponents of American entry into World War II. Since the word was often applied through guilt-by-association to mean pro-Nazi, “isolationist” took on a “right wing” as well as a generally negative flavor. If not actively pro-Nazi, “isolationists” were at the very least narrow-minded ignoramuses ignorant of the world around them, in contrast to the sophisticated, worldly, caring “internationalists” who favored American crusading around the globe. In the last decade, of course, antiwar forces have been considered “leftists,” and interventionists from Lyndon Johnson to Jimmy Carter and their followers have constantly tried to pin the “isolationist” or at least “neoisolationist” label on today’s left wing.
"We are the government, so why are you so negative about government action?"
1937, Nanking Massacre
Flowers of War with Christian Bale.
1938, Khrushchev, Soviet Premiere, served as the government's executioner in Ukraine in 1938.
1939, September 1, Germany invades Poland on the pretext that Poland attacked Germany. James Corbett explains that false-flag, "In 1939 Heinrich Himmler masterminded a plan to convince the public that Germany was the victim of Polish aggression in order to justify the invasion of Poland. It culminated in an attack on Sender Gleiwitz, a German radio station near the Polish border, by Polish prisoners who were dressed up in Polish military uniforms, shot dead, and left at the station. The Germans then broadcast an anti-German message in Polish from the station, pretended that it had come from a Polish military unit that had attacked Sender Gleiwitz, and presented the dead bodies as evidence of the attack. Hitler invaded Poland immediately thereafter, starting World War II."
1940, Katyn Massacre. Another movie to show should be Katyn about the massacre of Polish elite and soldiers in the Katyn Forest. The massacre occurred in April and May, 1940.
1941, Pearl Harbor, December 7.
Start on page 7 of this brilliant essay by G. Edward Griffin. And if you really want to study this topic, check out this list of articles on the topic.
The photos at the right are from two Hawaiian newspaper headlines. Here's the background. It was clear then, and with more and more documented evidence, it is becoming certain that the United States baited Japan into the war. FDR and the US wanted war all along despite their rhetoric to the contrary. Evidence that Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor was facilitated by American military was known back in 1945, publicized in Life Magazine. Yet, today, Americans have bought the myth--that Japan is a terrorizing nation that we have to keep an eye out on, a country whose military that we have to, through the UN and Council on Foreign Relations, disband.
1942, Internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry throughout the United States.
Here is a cartoon illustration of Hitler's economic policies. And this commentary by Lew Rockwell on Hitler's economic policies is where I lifted it.
1942-1946, Manhattan Project gave birth to more than just the Atomic Bomb…
Butler Shaffer asks perhaps the most penetrating question of the day: are Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange quickly becoming our Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst? They have been declared dangerous enemies of the state, contemptible traitors who threatened the security of the nation because they dared speak the truth at great personal cost to their very lives and liberties. Will they suffer the same ultimate consequences for their heroic actions as did the Scholls and Probst? Please watch this award-winning film, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, and afterwards read and reflect upon Jacob G. Hornberger's powerful essay, "Why Germans Supported Hitler." While the specific malevolent persons he is describing may be dead, their loathsome ideological descendants are still with us. We see them in our churches and our workplaces, our malls and our playgrounds with their children. But especially we see them every night on television, slithering out of their congressional sewers and poisonous think tank lairs, rearing their vicious heads, calling for the blood of Snowden, Manning, and Assange, or whomever is next on their kill list.
On the question of whether the U.S. entered WWII to rescue the Jews, please see history teacher Charles Burris' remarks here:
Michael is exactly correct in his presentation of facts concerning the US Government under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. As a history teacher I have discovered that one of the most enduring myths of younger Americans not versed in the history of their country preceding their birth is that the United States entered the Second World War in order to save the Jews of Europe. In fact, the very opposite was the case. The government deliberately chose not to save the Jews until it was much too late. After FDR’s callous immigration authorities illegally obstructed and surreptitiously slammed the door to freedom for vast numbers of potential refugees, his administration continued its policy of deliberate betrayal of the millions of European Jews in Hitler’s death camps until the "Final Solution" was almost finalized. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. even had his staff prepare "Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews," concerning heinous activities of the State Department in this regard, which was presented to Roosevelt. David S. Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, is a masterpiece in meticulous scholarship. This brilliant book formed the basis for the powerful PBS documentary, America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference. After the war the government under FDR’s successor, Harry S Truman, was complicit in both Operation Keelhaul (which concerned the forced repatriation of Soviet POWs to the USSR – and to certain death or the GULAG) and Operation Paperclip (the program which brought thousands of former war criminals and perpetrators to the United States under the guise of the Cold War.
1943, The Origin of Tax Withholding
The Current Tax Payment Act of 1943 then revolutionized the income tax by making withholding taxes universal. The withholding tax was part of the new tax plan offered by Beardsley Ruml (1894–1960), the chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank and treasurer of R.H. Macy and Co. By 1945, about three-fourths of Americans were paying federal income taxes. And although the withholding tax was sold as a wartime emergency, like most expansions of government instituted during wartime, it has been a way of life for most Americans ever since.
One of Friedman's most disastrous deeds was the important role he proudly played, during World War II in the Treasury Department, in foisting upon the suffering American public the system of the withholding tax. Before World War II, when income tax rates were far lower than now, there was no withholding system; everyone paid his annual bill in one lump sum, on March 15. It is obvious that under this system, the Internal Revenue Service could never hope to extract the entire annual sum, at current confiscatory rates, from the mass of the working population. The whole ghastly system would have happily broken down long before this. Only the Friedmanite withholding tax has permitted the government to use every employer as an unpaid tax collector, extracting the tax quietly and silently from each paycheck. In many ways, we have Milton Friedman to thank for the present monster Leviathan State in America.
1944, Bureacracy, Ludwig von Mises.
Mises's 1944 book applies his insight concerning economic calculation to delineate the difference between bureaucratic management and profit-and-loss management in the free market. The implications of his argument are far reaching, for it shows that all types of public administration lack the ability to conduct their affairs in an economic rational manner.
1944, Giorgio Perlasca, 1910-1992, was an Italian who helped save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust by issuing them fake passports to travel to neutral countries. Despite fighting alongside Franco in the Spanish Civil War, Perlasca became disillusioned with Fascism and escaped from Italy to the Spanish embassy in Budapest in 1944, where he became a Spanish citizen on account of his war experience. While there he worked with Spanish diplomat Angel Sanz Briz in creating fake passports to smuggle Jews out of the country. When Sanz Briz was removed from his post, Perlasca pretended to be his substitute so that he could continue printing false passports. He also personally sheltered thousands of Hungarian Jews while they were waiting for their passports. It is estimated he saved over 5,000 Jews from the Holocaust. After the war, he returned to Italy where he lived in obscurity until he was contacted in 1987 by a group of Hungarian Jews he had rescued, and his remarkable story became public. He died in 1992.
1945-1948, Great Depression ends NOT BECAUSE OF WWII but because of a "stimulus” provided by about a two-thirds reduction of federal spending, from $98.7 billion in 1945 to $33.8 billion in 1948. See the Statistical Abstract of the United States, and click on #14, “Federal Government Finances” on the left.
As Bob Higgs has said, every Keyensian economist in the world, led by Paul Samuelson, predicted an economic calamity at the time, and every Keyensian in the world was dead wrong. Taking all of that money from the parasitic clutches of the state and returning it to its rightful owners (taxpayers) caused the post-war recovery. Today’s Keynesians, led by Paul Krugman, insist that they have no idea whatsoever why the Great Depression did not resume after WW II ended. Thus, they haven’t learned a single thing in over 60 years. (Either that, or they are and always have been nothing by shills for the state masquerading as “economists”).
1945, Hitler dies. Did Hitler Escape to South America?
1945, August 14, eight days after the bombings on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the United States launched a 1000-plane air-raid against Japan.
Arnold wanted as big a finale as possible, hoping that USASTAF could hit the Tokyo area in a 1,000-plane mission: the Twentieth Air Force had put up 853 B-29's and 79 fighters on 1 August, and Arnold thought the number could be rounded out by calling on Doolittle's Eighth Air Force. Spaatz still wanted to drop the third atom bomb on Tokyo but thought that battered city a poor target for conventional bombing; instead, he proposed to divide his forces between seven targets. Arnold was apologetic about the unfortunate mixup on the 11th and, accepting Spaatz' amendment, assured him that his orders had been “co-ordinated with my superiors all the way to the top.” The teleconference ended with a fervid “Thank God” from Spaatz. Kennedy had the Okinawa strips tied up with other operations so that Doolittle was unable to send out his VHB's. From the Marianas, 449 B-29's went out for a daylight strike on the 14th, and that night, with top officers standing by at Washington and Guam for a last-minute cancellation, 372 more were airborne. Seven planes dispatched on special bombing missions by the 509th Group brought the number of B-20's to 828, and with 186 fighter escorts dispatched, USASTAF passed Arnold's goal with a total of 1,014 aircraft. There were no losses, and before the last B-29 returned President Truman announced the unconditional surrender of Japan.
1945-1949, Nuremberg Trials
1948, Creation of the state of Israel.
Edgar Eugene Robinson's book, The Roosevelt leadership, 1933-1945 (Lippencott, 1955), was as close to a critical account as academia allows; it came half a century ago.
On Federal Reserve policy, Murray Rothbard's book, America's Great Depression. It covers Hoover's failure. Rothbard's book supplied Paul Johnson with his interpretive framework for discussing the origins of the depression in Modern Times (1983).
On the revolutionary aspect of the New Deal, read Garet Garrett's The Revolution Was and The People's Pottage.
On FDR and Pearl Harbor, there are many books. I provide an introduction here.
This list is also detailed: http://www.garynorth.com/public/11904.cfm
Once hard to locate, Porter Sargent's book, Getting US into War (1941), is on-line with Questia. A better way is to send $50 to http://AmericanDeception.com and order its CD, which has dozens of great books on it, including this one.
A well-respected academic historian, Thomas Fleming (not the editor of Chronicles), wrote The New Dealers' War: FDR and the War Within World War II (2001). This book is a major break from Roosevelt worship, and the Establishment reviewers attacked him for this. See the snide reviews posted on Amazon.
1950s, in film. This may be a better list, if for no other reason than it has recorded dates to each film.
1950-1953, Korean War
1954, Brown v. Board of Education. Landmark case that declared state laws for separate schools for whites and blacks as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of all public schools. Pat Buchanan notes that "Yet the Supreme Court not deterred in its resolve to remake America. In 1973, the Court discovered the right to an abortion in the 9th Amendment. Then it found, also hidden in the Constitution, the right to engage in homosexual sodomy." Here is a little background on desegregation. After the war, it was all but understood that democracy would thrive without further intervention of the federal government on states' rights.
14th Amendment. The Equal Protection Clause is part of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The clause, which took effect in 1868, provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction "the equal protection of the laws." The point of this is that why would the federal government need the 1954 landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education if the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment already provided for the law to not discriminate? The answer is that is that liberal Supreme Court justices wanted to go further. Instead of laws enforcing anti-discrimination, the liberal SC judges were pursuing integration.
Kevin Gutzman points out that "Liberal justices, led in this case by Clinton appointee, Stephen Breyer, generally hold that Brown and its progeny committed the Court and the country to racial integration. Ever since 1971's Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education decision, the Court's liberal wing has supported race discrimination aimed at fostering integration. (Beans must be counted before they can be sorted, that is.) The liberal wing considers discrimination of this kind, whether in the form of busing, of racial exclusion, or of any of numerous other race-conscious policies, "benign."
Gutzman continues, ". . . Brown v. Board of Education was an instance of judicial legislation, plain and simple, and none of the three positions staked out by the current justices has any relationship to the Equal Protection Clause's actual meaning. Brown really was "new law for a new day," and this revision of the Constitution was entirely the act of federal judges."
Paul Craig Roberts raises some great questions on the con that is Brown v. Board of Education. He asks "Why does Brown generate unthinking, uninformed support? Could it be that Brown is supported because it is understood as a continuation of Reconstruction against the south? Has Brown become central to the intellectual and moral ascendancy gained for minorities by exploiting WASP guilt? Is this intellectual and moral ascendancy based on white guilt the reason that anyone who points out the cons of the Brown decision risks being demonized?"
Paul Craig Roberts adds that "The Brown decision was not a 14th Amendment case, because the same Congress that had passed the 14th Amendment had also segregated the schools in the District of Columbia. That fact made the argument unconvincing that Congress intended the 14th Amendment to abolish segregation. The Plessy decision six decades prior to Brown had ruled that segregation was a social convention that did not imply inequality before the law. Precedent against a 14th Amendment case was overwhelming."
You cannot look at the Eisenhower Administration without some kind of study of the Dulles brothers. The best interview I've listened to on this topic was on the Robert Wenzel Show of a guy by the name of Stephen Kinzer. His book, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.
There was, of course, Eisenhower's famous Farewell Address:
1959, Ben Hur
1963, June 10, JFK's Commencement Address at American University.
1963, November 22, JFK is assassinated. Gary North takes stock of American culture following that national tragedy. "On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in the city of Dallas. This event ended the self-confidence of post-war humanistic liberalism. Beginning ten weeks later, American culture entered a period of unprecedented social change. Campus riots, race riots, the anti-war movement, a huge increase in crime, hard rock music, drugs, pornography, and radical art forms combined into what became known as the counter-culture. American society was turned upside-down until 1970. Then the "Me decade" began."
1964, Civil Rights Act.
1965, Wenzel on the War on Poverty here.
Gary North on the bastard nation, feds losing the war on poverty here,
War on poverty was a war on the family by Mcalvany Intelligence Advisor. From the MIA report above, Bob Adelmann explains:
But what about the intended beneficiaries? How are they doing?
1965, Malcom X is (1925 to Feb. 21, 1965) is assassinated.
Here is the haunting but reverent lament. Oh, and I encourage you, if you haven't already, to see the movie. The movie raises an important issue of war theory, the idea of body count as a criteria for victory or defeat. To the U.S., the more enemy soldiers killed means victory. See this article for a review that theory.
1965, This is a must-view. Hal Moore and the Battle of Ia Drang Valley.
John McCain's father was involved in ordering the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty as well as involved in the cover-up.
1967, Bonnie & Clyde
I saw this movie at the Foothill Drive-In Theater on Foothill in Azusa with Chuck Pullman.
1967, Black Panthers had a hand in shaping California gun control laws under Reagan. Article worth reading.
1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 to April 4, 1968) is assassinated. The FBI was trying to get King to commit suicide. They drafted this letter to get that task done. The FBI is a horrible organization.
1968, Robert F. Kennedy (1925-June 9, 1968) is assassinated in the Ambassador Hotel in Hollywood two months later. Shane O'Sullivan's is the best documentary that I've seen on the RFK Assassination. Sirhan Sirhan was charged with his murder and still sits in a California jail. "He is currently serving a life sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County, California."
Oliver Stone's JFK, 1994, for me was the definitive movie that alerted me to government corruption and assassinations and helped launch for me my own inquiry into JFK's assassination. The movie is riveting. It is not available on Netflix, but YouTube does have the director's cut, which is excellent, for $1.99.
1973, Roe v. Wade. And its implications.
"The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade has come and gone," writes Laurence Vance. The result has been 55 million legal abortions. The Religious Right denounced abortion and the decision as would be expected. I have no problem with that, although I do have problems with the pro-life movement. As anyone know who has read my articles on abortion knows, I oppose both abortion and Roe v. Wade. But what I want to point out is one reason why the pro-life movement doesn't doesn't seem to be getting anywhere. According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2008, 37.3 percent of women getting abortions were Protestant and 28.1 percent were Catholic. It sounds like the Religious Right should be preaching to its own. Now, pro-lifers can dispute these percentages all they want, but I find it hard to believe that everyone who gets an abortion is an atheist. And to the shame of Christians, I don't think it is Muslim women that are getting abortions. And, of course, there is also the continued Republican support in Congress for Planned Parenthood."
According to Will Anderson, "Roe v. Wade did not "legalize" abortion as such, but rather was a punitive ruling that forbade states from restricting abortion during the first 12 weeks and basically abolishing most restrictions all the way until actual birth. To put it another way, it forced states to make abortion on demand a legal entity." He adds that "The law permitting abortion in California was signed by then Governor Ronald Reagan," which I think is interesting since Reagan is held up as the conservatives' saint.
1974, A must-see documentary on the Vietnam War is Hearts and Minds (1974), produced by Bert Schneider and Peter Davis.
1975, Church Committee was the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities. "In 1976, after the Watergate matters took place here, your intelligence community was literally tied up by Congress. It could not do anything. It could not send spies, it could not write reports, and it could not pay money. In order to compensate for that, a group of countries got together in the hope of fighting Communism and established what was called the Safari Club. The Safari Club included France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Iran." (1)
1976, Mao dies.
Walter Williams (2005) says those lefties, like the SPLC, Social Justice groups, and left liberals of all stripes are poverty pimps. Pretty convincing article.
To young people, perhaps coming in very late to the Vietnam story, it will seem amazing that the United States Government was responsible for dusting off Ho chi Minh, after twenty years of failure, and unleashing him upon Vietnam! But that is exactly what happened.
Ho's anti-Japanese activities were minimal, but the Japanese turned over their weapons to his Viet Minh in August of 1945, which soon gave the French something with which to contend. In March, 1946, a Leftist French Government was ready to let Ho have the North, but he wanted everything, and made his bid with a surprise attack on Hanoi on the night of December 19, 1946. Thus began the eight-year war with France.
The recently retired General Edward Lansdale, one of our C.I.A. generals and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, won his spurs by helping Ho chi Minh. The Emperor of Indochina, Bao Dai, had been captured by the Communists in 1946, and once recalled that this was when he first met Lansdale. "The difference between his presence and mine is that he was there by choice," the Emperor remarked. For the next thirty years, we were to hear of Lansdale as the hero of The Ugly American (a "sponsored" book by a fellow spook), and as the great expert on guerrilla warfare. The great expert was also a chronic loser to his old friend Ho chi Minh.
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American troops disembarked, American bombers flew - but never was there a better example of the old French saying, "The more it changes, the more it is the same thing." General Ira Eaker commented that, in our wars prior to Korea, we had professional (military) leaders and amateur soldiers, but that we now had professional soldiers and amateur leaders. That was not the real problem, however. Amateurs would at least be capable of learning, eager to do so, and ready to seek professional advice. But the Council on Foreign Relations clique knew what it wanted—a "better" no-win war than Korea—and that is what they got.
There is really no point in attempting to sketch the American military campaigns in Vietnam, because they were militarily irrational. President Johnson, reports General Curtis LeMay, repeatedly told the military men that they were in Vietnam "to prevent aggression from succeeding [sic!] without attempting either to conquer or invade or destroy North Vietnam."
As ever, "measured response" meant guaranteed insufficient response. It was a war in which the paper jungle of the "Rules of Engagement" was worse than the real jungle; it was an undeclared war in which the only home-front mobilization was on behalf of the enemy! The United States Government wouldn't even move against the authors of poison-pen letters and phone-calls tormenting the families of killed and missing men. We would not even accept the offer of the great anti-Communist leader Le van Vien to lead a private force to liberate our men being tortured in enemy concentration camps.
BOOKS ON THE VIETNAM WAR:
2.Kill Anything that Moves, Nick Turse, 2013.
PICTURES OF THE VIETNAM WAR.
The Soviet leaders believed they had an ironclad deal. They did not.
1991, Fall of the Soviet Union.
1993, is the renewal year of multiculturalism, though the whole
"Do Illegal Immigrants Steal American Jobs?" by Gary North, 12/2014.
1993 to the present: Slavery Reparations?
Colored Revolutions . . .
2000, Yugoslavia Bulldozer Revolution.
2001, September 11. Bombings of the World Trade Center in New York. The video here by James Corbett is the best 5-minute overview of the event that I've seen.
2004, In Defense of Corporations, Dr. Gary North.
2004, Ukraine's Orange Revolution. November to December, 2004.
2005, Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution.
2005, Lebanon's Cedar Revolution, February 2005.
2005, Kuwait's Blue Revolution.
2006, Imperialism the Logic of War Making, Joseph Salerno.
2008, The Soviet Story. Don't miss this documentary. If any student of literature or history, science or anthropology is ever inclined to embrace socialist ideals, please be aware of the communist preference for killing and mass murder. It was part of the tenet of Marxists, Leninists, communists and socialists the world over. So as you're sitting in your class and the professor advocates violence as a method for achieving social goals you should immediately submit a letter of complaint to the Ombudsman of your school and cc a copy of it to as many school officials as you can drum up. Any public figure advocating for such violence needs to be censured. He probably won't lose his job, but he needs to be censured. It should be noted that the communists have done an excellent PR and propaganda job of positioning themselves as the guys who put a stop to the Nazis and to Hitler. They were after all the guys who drove Hitler's Nazi army all the way back to Berlin. Students should also take note that Hilter was a Marxist. Remember this fact.
Be sure to check out Charles Burris' comments on this documentary as well as his well-advised reading recommendations on the topic here:
2012, December 14, Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting turns out to be a hoax. If not a shooting, then what was it? It was a drill. Here is a good place to start. And then, of course, there is the courageous Florida college professor, James F. Tracey.
2014, September. Ray Rice hits girlfriend/wife. Condolezza Rice takes over for the NFL to conduct damage control.
2014, Great article on Clive Bundy's weekend warriors in Nevada. Gary North refutes this stand-off to any comparison of the Civil Rights movement. Cites huge differences. Says it's more like the Whiskey Rebellion than the non-violent civil rights movement.
2014, Summer. Mininmum-wage laws create poverty.
2014, November. Speech by Vladimir Putin at the Meeting of the Valdai International Club.
2014, November, Bill Sardi on the international shifting of finance.
2014, December 9. CIA Torture Report is de-classified.
"While I don't agree with the jobs that these people hold," says Chris Rossini, "and believe they should resign and work in the private (non-torturing) sector, I think it's very good when conscience hits government employees, and they realize that the monster they're working for is wrong."
Then, of course, there was this gem. Cheney admits that President George Bush knew of the torture.
Gary North reports on what the terms of torture mean. I don't know what the report on torture means. But the CIA's budget is never cut. Ever.
An excellent interview of Walter Block. In under 15 minutes you will learn a lot, for example, the zero differences between communism (Russia, East Germany, et al.) and fascicm (Germany, Italy, et al.). You will also learn key differences between laissez faire capitalism and corporate capitalism. The distinctions are important to know so as not to have your Lefty friends charge that capitalism is the same as communism. Oy, vey!!