How the Great War Changed America: A Conversation with Richard Gamble


This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of America’s entry into World War I: “the war to end all wars.” Richard Gamble, author of The War for Righteousness, joins this edition of Liberty Law Talk to discuss how American intervention into the Great War irrevocably changed the country.

Richard Gamble

Richard M. Gamble holds the Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Chair in History and Political Science at Hillsdale College, Michigan, USA. Professor Gamble is the author, most recently, of In Search of the City on a Hill. He also serves as a contributing editor for The American Conservative.

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  1. libertarian jerry says

    “War is a racket”,so said Gen. Smedley Butler. “War is the health of the state”,so said Randolph Bourne. Both were referring to WW1 and both were correct. Who benefited by the American intervention in WW1? Was it the American People? Was it the American Nation? No,on both counts. It was the international bankers and arms manufacturers along with the statists who benefited from the carnage of war. World War One was the end of the classic liberal era and the rise of the all encompassing state. WW1 allowed ,to a large extent,the Communist Revolution,the Nazi revolution,the Holocaust,World War Two ,the Cold War and our present collectivist world. Many of the chains that form the links to current American serfdom were forged just before and during World War One. The Income Tax,which was the death knell of privacy in America, The Federal Reserve Central banking paper debt money system and its inherent inflation that was created to finance war, to a large extent the regulatory Administrative State was born during WW1. The list is endless. In essence the American intervention in WW1 was a mistake that changed history to the detriment of America’s posterity from 1917 on to today,one hundred years later. Today,we are still paying for that mistake with our liberty.

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