This is great stuff.
The historian Tom Woods recently put together the anthology “We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now” with the author Murray Polner. That’s a libertarian and a Leftist teaming up there. Here, Jeffrey Tucker of the von Mises Institute chats with Woods about it. I have to say that Tom Woods just gets better and better, and that he’s a hugely engaging speaker (particularly when he gets exasperated, as here). The anthology brings together anti-war writing and speeches from Left and Right, primarily from those who aren’t pacifists. What we chiefly learn from the chat is that war propaganda over the last two centuries has not changed. The same propaganda and lies are always rolled out, for the same interests, and that the people are always suckered by it. We learn this because Woods and Polner went back and studied the primary evidence of those who opposed those wars and why.
This really is an entertaining and informative discussion. It’s worth thirty minutes of your time, I promise.