The great Tom Woods joins the show in honor of the hundred-year anniversary of Armistice Day to give a rundown of World War I. Decades of complex alliances and arms races, he explains, led to the powder keg that erupted catastrophically in 1914 with a single assassination. After many bloody months with little to show for it, the countries of Europe were on the breaking point, and a “peace without victory” looked imminent…that is, until the U.S. entered the war. Because the politics of Europe so clearly had nothing to do with America, it took a massive propaganda campaign to solidify American involvement. This allowed an overwhelming victory for the allies and the disastrous peace agreement that followed. So much of the ensuing horror of the 20th century, Scott and Woods contend, resulted directly from Wilson’s foreign policy.
Discussed on the show:
- Sinking of the RMS Lusitania
- Zimmermann Telegram
- Russian Provisional Government
- AIG Bailout
- G. Edward Griffin with Norman Dodd
- “World War I as Fulfillment: Power and the Intellectuals” (Mises Institute)
- “11/5/18 Stephen Walt on a Realist Foreign Policy” (libertarian Institute)
- J. P. Morgan
- Thomas W. Lamont
- The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation
- Beer Hall Putsch
- Fourteen Points
- Blockade of Germany
- Wilson’s War: How Woodrow Wilson’s Great Blunder Led to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and World War II
- Domino theory
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