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Most often, our messing around and meddling in the affairs of other countries have unintended consequences. Sometimes just over in those countries that we mess with. We might support one faction, and it doesn’t work, and it’s used against us. But there’s the blowback effect, that the CIA talks about, that it comes back to haunt us later on. For instance, a good example of this is what happened in 1953 when our government overthrew the Mossadegh government and we installed the Shah, in Iran. And for 25 years we had an authoritarian friend over there, and the people hated him, they finally overthrew him, and they’ve resented us ever since. That had a lot to do with the taking of the hostages in 1979, and for us to ignore that is to ignore history… Also we’ve antagonized the Iranians by supporting Saddam Hussein, encouraging him to invade Iran. Why wouldn’t they be angry at us? But the on again off again thing is what bothers me the most. First we’re an ally with Osama bin Laden, then he’s our archenemy. Our CIA set up the madrasah schools, and paid money, to train radical Islamists, in Saudi Arabia, to fight communism… But now they’ve turned on us… Muslims and Arabs have long memories, Americans, unfortunately, have very short memories, and they don’t remember our foreign policy that may have antagonized… The founders were absolutely right: stay out of the internal affairs of foreign nations, mind our own business, bring our troops home, and have a strong defense. I think our defense is weaker now than ever.”
  —Ron Paul
 Interview by Laura Knoy on NHPR, June 5, 2007

Want To Become a Knowledgeable Libertarian?

by
Robert Wenzel
Economic
Policy Journal

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The list
below will not make anyone a scholar in libertarianism or an expert
in Austrian Economics, it is designed to introduce to the busy individual
the essence of libertarianism. There are 30 articles listed below.
If one reads one article, slowly and carefully, per day, by the
end of 30 days one should have a very strong grasp of libertarian
principles and a basic understanding of Austrian economics. The
list contains articles on a variety of topics, but does not cover
all possible libertarian topics. More than anything it provides
an overview of libertarianism and how libertarians think about issues
of the day. The completion of the 30 days of reading should not
be considered an ending point but rather the start of the beginning
of more detailed study.

Day 1 The
Task Confronting Libertarians
by Henry Hazlitt

Day 2 The
Fascist Threat
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Day 3 Free
Economy and Social Order
by Wilhelm Röpke

Day 4 The
Peculiar and Unique Position of Economics
by Ludwig von Mises

Day 5 What
Soviet Medicine Teaches
Us by Yuri Maltsev

Day 6 Economic
Depressions: Their Causes and Cures
by Murray Rothbard

Day 7 Is
Greater Productivity a Danger?
by David Gordon

Day 8 Taxation
Methods Evaluated
by Murray Rothbard

Day 9 Hitler
Was a Keynesian
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Day 10 Seeing
the Unseen
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Day 11 The
Watermelon Summit
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Day 12 Inequality
by Ludwig von Mises

Day 13 How
to Think Like an Economist
by Murray Rothbard

Day 14 The
Health Plan’s Devilish Principles
by Murray Rothbard

Day 15 Vices
Are Not Crimes
by Murray Rothbard

Day 16 Repudiate
the National Debt
by Murray Rothbard

Day 17 The
Fallacy of the ‘Public Sector’
by Murray Rothbard

Day 18 The
Road to Totalitarianism
by Henry Hazlitt

Day 19 The
Many Collapses of Keynesianism
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Day 20 The
Crippling Nature of Minimum Wage Laws
by Murray Rothbard

Day 21 Who
Owns Water
by Murray Rothbard

Day 22 Defending
the Slumlord
by Walter Block

Day 23 The
Freedom of Association
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr

Day 24 How
to Help the Poor and Oppressed
by Walter Block

Day 25 Everything
You Love You Owe to Capitalism
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Day 26 Is
There a Right To Unionize?
by Walter Block

Day 27 What
If Public Schools Were Abolished?
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell,
Jr.

Day 28 Why
Austrian?
an interview with Robert Higgs

Day 29 Economics
and Moral Courage
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Day 30 Do
You Hate the State?
by Murray Rothbard

Reprinted
with permission from Economic
Policy Journal
.

June
12, 2012

©2012
Economic Policy Journal

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