Liberty Forged

the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. ` Nock

Intellectuals 4 Statism

Posted by Jesse on December 23, 2008

Rothbard on the fulfillment of 20th century hegemony.

In contrast to older historians who regarded World War I as the destruction of progressive reform, I am convinced that the war came to the United States as the “fulfillment,” the culmination, the veritable apotheosis of progressivism in American life.[1] I regard progressivism as basically a movement on behalf of Big Government in all walks of the economy and society, in a fusion or coalition between various groups of big businessmen, led by the House of Morgan, and rising groups of technocratic and statist intellectuals. In this fusion, the values and interests of both groups would be pursued through government.

Big business would be able to use the government to cartelize the economy, restrict competition, and regulate production and prices, and also be able to wield a militaristic and imperialist foreign policy to force open markets abroad and apply the sword of the State to protect foreign investments. Intellectuals would be able to use the government to restrict entry into their professions and to assume jobs in Big Government to apologize for, and to help plan and staff, government operations. Both groups also believed that, in this fusion, the Big State could be used to harmonize and interpret the “national interest” and thereby provide a “middle way” between the extremes of “dog-eat-dog” laissez faire and the bitter conflicts of proletarian Marxism.

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Now go ahead and tell me that the free market is at the crux of the problems we face today. You can say it, but the facts that dominate this discussion do not revolve around market impetus, but statism. What did you talk about in junior high and high school? Business or world wars.

Einstein: You can’t solve the problems of the world with the thinking that created them.

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