The Interventionism of the Two World Wars: The Libertarian Angle

June 2, 2016—On this episode of The Libertarian Angle, Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling of the Future of Freedom Foundation, continue their series on World War I and World War II. Check out the past episodes here and here.

“[The American people] were totally against intervening in another war,” Hornberger says, “and a manifestation of this was the America First Committee. It was composed of several hundred thousands of Americans, and as you pointed out in the last show, the public opinion polls were about as high as 80 percent against getting into another European war.”

Ebeling’s audio improves shortly, so don’t let it deny you his vivid history lessons.

“Now, again, just to remind the viewers,” Ebeling says, “I apologize for this sort of chronological history lesson, but you have to understand the context. Then there’s a phony war, and that phony war runs from basically October 1939 until April 1940, where the British and the French did nothing. They don’t attack Germany, they have a few artillery shootings into German territory, they dropped propaganda pamphlets on the German side of the water, and the Germans are just building up their strength on the West.”