Monday, December 9, 2013

Some Resources on Pearl Harbor

As the recent anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack occurred, I just considered it helpful to link to some resources that tell the actual truth about Pearl Harbor, not the conventional wisdom we are all told, oftentimes in defense of the national-security/warfare state. (N.B.: I will try to update this page when I find more resources on this issue)

Robert Higgs, author of books such as Crisis and Leviathan, says this important thing which I find relevant for today (link):
Here’s a little something for all of you red-blooded, Pearl Harbor patriots. Not that you will take it seriously, of course, when you will be so much more comfortable to rest in the lap of the Establishment propaganda you’ve been fed for your entire life. BTW, this little article rests on a tremendous amount of serious historical scholarship (not by me), but as the author of an 1,100-word column in a magazine, I could not do much more than emphasize a few main points.
If you’re going to react to this article by lecturing me about the brutality of the Japanese Empire and so forth, don’t bother. I know about those things. But they are not immediately relevant to the point I’m making here. Besides, the fact that some government somewhere on earth is attacking some other government is never in itself a sufficient excuse for the U.S. government to trick, maneuver, and drag the American people into the fight.

"Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?" by Pat Buchanan,, December 9, 2013
"Pearl Harbor Historiography: A Lesson in Academic Housecleaning" by Gary North,, December 9, 2013
"Seventy Years of Infamy" by Anthony Gregory, The Beacon, December 6, 2011
"Pearl Harbor: The Controversy Continues" by Sheldon Richman, The Future of Freedom Foundation, December 1, 1991
"How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor" by Robert Higgs, The Independent Institute, May 1, 2006
"Do Libertarians Have 'Trouble Thinking Straight' About Pearl Harbor and WWII?" by Jonathan Goodwin (the Bionic Mosquito), Lions of Liberty, December 12, 2013

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