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10. Classical Liberalism and the Welfare-Warfare State

  • History the Struggle for Liberty 2003
September 3, 2004Ralph Raico

Tags War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Germany surrendered conditionally in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles. Everybody opposed the treaty, but it was forcibly implemented. Revisionism is necessary to combat state propaganda, e.g. the lie in WWII that FDR was surprised by Pearl Harbor.

The welfare state was actually begun by Bismarck in the 1880s. The welfare state that now exists will simply keep expanding in its agenda of rooting out older values and substituting others. As the crisis of the welfare state is approached, only newcomers from the third world can become taxpayers for retired elders. Identities of European peoples will be extinguished.

Constitutions and Bills of Rights will not be the protectors of our liberties. The liberals in classical liberalism had no answers because they still held to the power of the state. The centralized state must be broken down by means such as secession even to the level of the individual.

History shows the struggle for liberty. He who controls the present controls the interpretation of the past.

Lecture 10 of 10 from Ralph Raico's History: The Struggle for Liberty.

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