Costs Of War / Edition 2

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The greatest accomplishment of Western civilization is arguably the achievement of individual liberty through limits on the power of the state. In the war-torn twentieth century, we rarely hear that one of the main costs of armed conflict is long-term loss of liberty to winners and losers alike. Beyond the obvious and direct costs of dead and wounded soldiers, there is the lifetime struggle of veterans to live with their nightmares and their injuries; the hidden economic costs of inflation, debts, and taxes; and more generally the damages caused to our culture, our morality, and to civilization at large. The new edition is now available in paperback, with a number of new essays. It represents a large-scale collective effort to pierce the veils of myth and propaganda to reveal the true costs of war, above all, the cost to liberty.

Central to this volume are the views of Ludwig von Mises on war and foreign policy. Mises argued that war, along with colonialism and imperialism, is the greatest enemy of freedom and prosperity, and that peace throughout the world cannot be achieved until the central governments of the major nations become limited in scope and power. In the spirit of these theorems by Mises, the contributors to this volume consider the costs of war generally and assess specific corrosive effects of major American wars since the Revolution. The first section includes chapters on the theoretical and institutional dimensions of the relationship between war and society, including conscription, infringements on freedom, the military as an engine of social change, war and literature, and the right of citizens to bear arms. The second group includes reconsiderations of Lincoln and Churchill, an analysis of the anti-interventionist idea in American politics, a discussion of the meaning of the "just war," an assessment of how World War I changed the course of Western civilization, and finally two eyewitness accounts of the true horrors of actual combat by veterans of World War II. The Costs of War is unique in its combination of historical scope and timeliness for current debates about foreign policy and military intervention. It will be of interest to historians, political scientists, economists, and sociologists.

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"The Costs of War... ranks among the best collection of articles ever assembled on the history of United States wars that built the state, shredded the Constitution, and raised up an empire."—Free Market “[C]ontains a number of well-written and well-argued essays that address various aspects of a crucially important but currently neglected subject for libertarians.”—Mark Brady, Liberty “[An] insightful and provocative collection of essays.”—Dwight D. Murphey, Conservative Review “The Costs of War is easily one of the most important books to emerge from American conservatives in a generation.”—Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Modern Age “The Costs of War offers a devastating critique of Washington’s interventionist tendencies.”—Doug Bandow, World “This book is the most convincing attack on the warmongering state to appear since the end of the Second World War.”—Gerard Radnitzky, University of Trier
Brings together essays piercing the veils of myth and propaganda to reveal the true costs of war, with special emphasis on loss of freedom to American citizens. Topics include classical republicanism and the right to bear arms, propaganda and world war, rethinking the Civil War, the military as an engine of social change, and the culture of war. Other subjects are concealing the costs of war beneath the veil of inflation, and the process of de-civilization. Appendices offer classic essays by General Robert E. Lee and Mark Twain. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765804877
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 1,060,479
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

John V. Denson is a partner in the law firm of Samford, Denson, Horsley, Pettey & Martin, vice chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a trustee of Auburn University in Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
1 War and American Freedom 1
2 Classical Republicanism and the Right to Bear Arms 53
3 Defenders of the Republic: The Anti-Interventionist Tradition in American Politics 67
4 America's Two Just Wars: 1775 and 1861 119
5 Rethinking Lincoln 135
6 Did the South Have to Fight? 145
7 War, Reconstruction, and the End of the Old Republic 155
8 The Spanish-American War as Trial Run, or Empire as Its Own Justification 169
9 World War I: The Turning Point 203
10 World War I as Fulfillment: Power and the Intellectuals 249
11 A Common Design: Propaganda and World War 301
12 Rethinking Churchill 321
13 The Old Breed and the Costs of War 361
14 War and Leviathan in Twentieth-Century America: Conscription as the Keystone 375
15 The Military as an Engine of Social Change 389
16 His Country's Own Heart's-Blood: American Writers Confront War 399
17 The Culture of War 417
18 Is Modern Democracy Warlike? 425
19 War and the Money Machine: Concealing the Costs of War Beneath the Veil of Inflation 433
20 Time Preference, Government, and the Process of De-Civilization: From Monarchy to Democracy 455
App. A1 General Robert E. Lee's Reply to Lord Acton 495
App. A2 Mark Twain's War Prayer 499
App. A3 Representative Claude Kitchin's Speech Opposing President Wilson's Request for a Declaration of War 503
Recommended Reading 509
About the Contributors 517
Index 519
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