Archive: July, 2015
The U.S. spends more on warfare than the next 10 countries combined. The Pentagon is the largest employer in the world!
Aren’t you glad we have a global military empire?
Charles to speak at Mises Circle in Phoenix November 7, 2015.
Charles joins Lew Rockwell, Jeff Deist, William Boyes, and others to discuss What Must Be Done.
The Mises Institute is an educational institution devoted to advancing Austrian economics, freedom, and peace in the classical-liberal tradition.
Mises Circle presentations are wonderfully informative events. Students wishing to apply for a scholarship for sessions and lunch should submit an application to the Mises Institute.
The Mises Circle will meet at the Hilton Phoenix Airport on Saturday, November 7. Registration begins and bookstore opens at 9:00 a.m. Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m., including lunch. Parking is free. The Mises Bookstore will be on site, and speakers are happy to autograph books.
SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace of Prosperity
I received a review copy of Ron Paul’s new book, Swords into Plowshares, the other day. I am amazed at – and his countless fans will love – the first hand account of formative life experiences the normally reticent Ron has provided. This is as much of an autobiography as Ron Paul’s admirers are ever likely to get. But all the better to depict the era of warfare that has prevailed throughout his life.
Ron Paul has been Washington’s greatest (and sometimes it seems only) champion of the foreign policy the founders recommended: peaceful and non-interventionist. Now Dr. Paul has written a moving account of his own awakening about war and destruction, about peace and prosperity.
From the book description:
“In his latest book, Swords into Plowshares, Dr. Paul reveals an intensely personal side as he reflects on growing up during World War II. The book also provides a powerful critique of the corruption and corrosion produced by a 20th century full of war and killing. Ever the optimist, however, Paul leaves behind the ashes of a 20th century of war to finish with a stirring, liberating view of the future we may choose if we turn from war and violence.”
Order Ron Paul’s new book HERE!
Crony Militarism and Greek Debt
Not to excuse the role of Greek socialism in the current debt/currency issue (that would be so unlike me), but only to add another dimension to Greece/Germany news.
The recent Greek Defense Minister is doing 20 years in prison, caught taking an €8 million bribe for the purchase of German submarines.
A little more worth reading from The Guardian:
“Along with German subs, the Greeks have bought French frigates, US F16s and German Leopard 2 tanks. In the 1980s, for example, the Greeks spent an average of 6.2% of their GDP on defence compared with a European average of 2.9%. In the years following their EU entry, the Greeks were the world’s fourth-highest spenders on conventional weaponry.
“So, to recap: corrupt German companies bribed corrupt Greek politicians to buy German weapons. And then a German chancellor presses for austerity on the Greek people to pay back the loans they took out (with Germans banks) at massive interest, for the weapons they bought off them in the first place. Is this an unfair characterisation? A bit. It wasn’t just Germany. And there were many other factors at play in the escalation of Greek debt. But the postwar difference between the Germans and the Greeks is not the tired stereotype that the former are hardworking and the latter are lazy, but rather that, among other things, the Germans have, for obvious reasons, been restricted in their military spending. And they have benefited massively from that.”
Read more HERE