ABOUT TOM WOODS

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown (on the financial crisis). A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, FOX Business, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and hundreds of radio programs... (Read More)



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Conservatism and War

A great many books and articles on the moral and strategic imperative of nonintervention have been written; my aim here is simply to introduce the reader to some of the key ideas.

A few of my own pieces on the subject:

Do Conservatives Hate Their Own Founder? Russell Kirk on Militarism by Thomas Woods
Come Home, Conservatives — To the Antiwar Conservative Movement by Thomas Woods
The Conservative Case Against the War: A Review by Thomas Woods
No Patronizing, No Sloganeering by Thomas Woods

Daniel P. McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative magazine, gives a good overview of the correct conservative foreign policy in this extended interview (part one deals primarily with domestic issues):

Beyond this, one can profit a great deal from reading Ron Paul’s books, including his recent New York Times bestseller Liberty Defined, A Foreign Policy of Freedom, and his #1 New York Times bestseller The Revolution: A Manifesto.

My own work on the subject includes the military chapter of Rollback (read a summary here) and the book I co-edited with Murray Polner, We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now.  Another good introduction is Bill Kauffman’s Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism.

And finally, read these essays with an open mind and you will never think about war or the state the same way again:

Anatomy of the State by Murray N. Rothbard
War, Peace, and the State by Murray N. Rothbard
The Justice and Prudence of War: Toward a Libertarian Analysis by Roderick T. Long



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