We’re all talk and no action

By Tom Woods

People like you and me get frustrated sometimes: all we do is talk, but where’s the action?

I’ll get to that below.

For now, this: I come up with a good analogy about once every nine years.

Here’s my best one ever:

Suppose Walmart funded and administered the schools, with portraits of the the various Walmart CEOs smiling benignly upon the children from the classroom wall, and students taught to credit these men for every good thing about America.

We’d find that creepy.

But when it’s U.S. presidents on the wall, and the U.S. government credited with all that’s good and decent, that natural skepticism goes right out the window.

No doubt millions of kids will learn this year that the free market caused the Great Depression, and that “greed” explains financial crises. (Why aren’t we constantly in a financial crisis, then? Are greedy people greedy only once in a while?)

They’ll learn that the New Deal restored the economy, even though unemployment remained in the double digits throughout the 1930s.

They won’t be told how the New Deal’s suspension of the antitrust laws to create cartels and artificially prop up prices made any economic sense at all, or why slaughtering millions of pigs or paying farmers to plow their cotton back into the ground could have made people better off.

They’ll learn about the “robber barons” and “monopoly” in the 19th century. This will be mostly fact free, as I’ve noted on my show and in my books.

I myself remember leaving junior high school wondering how anyone could favor a laissez-faire economy. Why, haven’t they seen those pictures of terrible working conditions? That was as far as I was capable of taking the analysis.

Students will likewise learn that political decentralization is backward, stupid, and oppressive, and that centralized government is liberating.

This despite the fact that states used the power of nullification against the federal government in defense of free speech and free trade, and in opposition to slavery and unconstitutional searches and seizures.

State nullification will be portrayed in the classroom as a “Confederate” cause, even though New England appealed to it more often than the South did, and even though Jefferson Davis denounced northern nullification of fugitive slave laws in his farewell speech to the U.S. Senate.

Rush Limbaugh’s best line of all time, uttered after being told that his show ought to give the other side equal time, is this: “I am equal time.”

So’s my Liberty Classroom.

I can’t do anything about teachers who are dead set on inflicting comic-book history on hapless kids. Same for the professors who are gearing up to do it in college.

But I can provide the truth to people who want it. I can inoculate you and your children against this foolishness.

And that’s what I mean about doing something: we can sit and tell horror stories about the crazy universities all day long, but wouldn’t it be better and more productive to start building alternatives?

That’s what I’ve been dedicating my life to over the past nine years, both with the Ron Paul Curriculum for students and Liberty Classroom for adult enrichment.

Let me be blunt: almost no one knows even the small sprinkling of history in just this email.

There are volumes and volumes more where that came from. Listen on your commute, and make that time productive.

Black Friday weekend is the best time to grab it.

The world’s only hope:

Tom Woods

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