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Anti-War Propaganda

Darling: (...) In short: A German spy is giving away every one of our battle plans.
Melchett: You look surprised, Blackadder.
Edmund: I certainly am, sir. I didn't realise we had any battle plans.
Melchett: Well, of course we have! How else do you think the battles are directed?
Edmund: Our battles are directed, sir?
Melchett: Well, of course they are, Blackadder -- directed according to the Grand Plan.
Edmund: Would that be the plan to continue with total slaughter until everyone's dead except Field Marshal Haig, Lady Haig and their tortoise, Alan?
Melchett: Great Scott! [stands] Even you know it! Guard! Guard! Bolt all the doors; hammer large pieces of crooked wood against all the windows! This security leak is far worse than we'd imagined!

Black Adder Part the Fourth, General Hospital

Neil: Seriously, we ought to do something about this bomb! I'm going upstairs to get the incredibly helpful and informative Protect and Survive manual! Nobody better touch this while I'm gone!

The Young Ones, episode, Bomb

“Were England to suffer a national disaster comparable to that of Germany in 1918, I should pray God to send us a man of your strength of mind and will.”—Winston “I-am-that-man” Churchill in a letter to Adolph Hitler

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”—Albert Einstein

“They made a wasteland and called it peace.”—Tacitus

“Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”—Mark Twain, Chronicle of Young Satan

“War is the health of the state.”—Randolph Bourne

“History is nearly always written by the victors.”—Anon

“The victors invariably give you the cranial-rectal inversion of history.”—Alan Koontz

British Propaganda In the U.S.

Author Porter Sargent was a close student of British pro-war and keep-China-British, etc., propaganda techniques in America as evidenced by the remarkable enquiry into the matter in his 1941 book, Getting US Into War. This particular article from the Nov. 1939 issue of Common Sense provided an early look at what was to come later.

On the “Defense” Origins of the New Imperialism

Revisionist historian, James J. Martin, provides color commentary on the appended 1940 address to investment bankers by the uncannily prescient Dr. Virgil D. Jordan, then president of the National Industrial Conference Board, on the tremendous opportunities for empire building abroad and socioeconomic control at home under the guise of “hemispheric defense.” The critique of the telling, albeit droll, Report From Iron Mountain, in the last section is vintage Martin qua reviewer.

The Secret Treaties and Understandings

A documentation of the secret agreements between the Allied powers in the early stages of the First World War. Originally discovered by the Russian Revolutionary Government and subsequently made public, these agreements are here presented with commentary by F. Seymour Cocks, as originally published in 1918. As Charles Trevelyan advised in the preface: “Our statesmen have given the world a steady flow of assurance that we have entered and sustained the war for unselfish aims, that we coveted no territory, and that we were not fighting for conquests or annexations. It would be well for our people to critically examine the following treaties as a commentary on these wise intentions.” (Also available in pdf format here.)

Memorandum on Resignation

John Viscount Morley resigns from Herbert H. Asquith’s cabinet, refusing to participate in the British drive for war on Germany led by Sir Edward Grey in August 1914. His subsequent Memorandum on Resignation gives the lie to Britain’s putative solicitude for Belgium’s welfare and exposes her true designs that would ultimately require the full participation of the very citizens emotionally roused by Sir Edward's subterfuge. The Crowe Memo cited in the text is also available here.

The Enemy Within

“Against a backdrop of spreading unease about America’s response to the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath, we publish Gore Vidal’s remarkable personal polemic urging a shocking new interpretation of who was to blame.” From the print edition of The Observer — London, 27 Oct. 2002. [Note: limited access directory requires authentication with user and password gnome.]

War is the Health of the State

An essay as well as a name is attached to this famous quote. The essay is entitled, The State, and was written by Randolph Bourne. Unfortunately, Bourne passed away in 1918 before the essay's completion, but not before he'd managed to address a most fundamental aspect of the subject at hand.

The World War of 1914-1918

Harry Elmer Barnes, wearing his revisionist historian hat, briskly retraces the steps taken to get at the facts of the First World War and in the process provides not only the context necessary for understanding the Second World War, but the tools as well.

The Real Cause of War

M.H. Cochran, author of, Germany Not Guilty in 1914, a critique of Bernadotte E. Schmitt's work on the causes of WW1, takes a look at what ultimately lies behind war in a piece written for H.L. Mencken's, American Mercury, during the heyday of historical revisionism, the interwar period of the 1920s-30s.

Iraq — ‘Terror Bombing’, Starvation and Mechanical Force

Commentary on the modern warfare practice variously called area, carpet, strategic, saturation, or most aptly — for lack of any other known purpose of either a tactical or strategic nature — terror bombing, by a contributor to the January 2-9, 1999 issue of Economic and Political Weekly of Mumbai, India. Provides a brief introduction to the origins of this practice and the infamous ‘Bomber’ Harris to whom latter-day warfarist owe so much for their preferred method of moral crusading.

The Happy Warrior

James J. Martin offers a word of encouragement to the radical press in its first tentative effort at debunking WW2 official history in dire need of revision to bring into accord with facts.

Vladimir Jabotinsky: The Iron Wall

In early June 2001, an Israeli newspaper reported that consideration was once again being given in that country to the establishment of a security zone between the West Bank (i.e., occupied Palestine) and Israel (i.e., occupied Palestine) involving video cameras, radar, and electronic fences and other sensing devices monitored by Israeli military and police forces for the ostensible purpose of preventing suicide bombers from penetrating Israeli territory proper. Anyone who attempted to cross this zone in the daytime would be arrested; in the nighttime, shot. This would be a very literal implementation of Vladimir Jabotinsky's notion of an Iron Wall expressed in this 1923 essay which is included as an appendix to Lenni Brenner's 1984 book, titled, The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir.

One War Is Enough

War veteran and Atlantic Monthly correspondent, Edgar L. Jones, provides the low-down on the low-down life in the military for a civilian populace facing peacetime national service in the aftermath of WW2 and exposes the ulterior motive for such a scheme.

The Making of a Tyrant

Francis Neilson, author of the 5 volume tour de force, The Tragedy of Europe, analyzes the shortcomings and lucunae of a highly regarded albeit unremarkable contribution to the literature on the causes of the Second World War, and in the process exposes some curious contradictions with the aid of examples from a vast, but largely overlooked literature bearing on the subject.

The Decolonization of Asia

In a book review, first published in the August 1978 issue of Libertarian Review, James J. Martin takes a look back at the major players in the fruitless war to keep China British and a look at what lies ahead for America as a consequence of that war.

The Bombing and Negotiated Peace Questions—in 1944

It was perhaps more difficult during the Second World War than at any time before or since to challenge the actions of the belligerent powers, as it was a time when the loudest mouths were screaming for war. For the benefit of those who don't remember or don't want to remember, James J. Martin takes a look, once again, at what all the fuss was about.

A Look At Conscription Then and Now

The draconian device of compulsory military service in its various manifestations has been a tool for warmaking and foreign adventurism since time immemorial. In this essay, author James J. Martin explains the emergence and effects of the most enduring conscription law in American history.

Prison Camps of the Propaganda Machine

James J. Martin reviews a book on the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War and in the process sheds light on the underlying motivation for the infamous wartime measure.

Some Observations on Wartime Rationing

Author, James J. Martin, comments on the actualities and intentions of wartime rationing in America during the Second World War. These comments originally appeared in the 1986 issue of The Memory Hole, No. 13; the so-called “Last Issue” published by The Libertarian Revisionist History Amateur Press Association which was apparently a collaboration of Victor Koman and Samuel Edward Konkin III (SEK3).

Thomas Carlyle On War

Here presented is a brief passage on war by Thomas Carlyle quoted from another source, viz., Emrys Hughes' Winston Churchill: British Bulldog. Speaking of which...

Winston Churchill: British Bulldog

This is the definitive biography of the much celebrated Tory who made it big via the special dispensation bestowed upon him by the British class system. Author, Emrys Hughes, pulls no punches in this illuminating life of a complete twit. This an unedited pdf, slightly over 3 megs in size.

You and the Atomic Bomb

One sees in this essay by George Orwell the early outlines of the vision that unfolded in his famous novel, Nineteen Eighty-four (originally, titled, The Last Man in Europe, but changed by the publisher to place the story's setting at a comfortably distant future), of the contemporary world divided into three parts controlled by three mighty Nation-States mutually assuring each other's existence by mutually assuring each other's destruction and in either case doing so at the expense of the individual thanks to atomic weaponry which only they could afford to produce. It is here also that one can observe Orwell's debt to James Burnham for this conception.

Pearl Harbor: Antecedents, Background and Consequences

Revisionist historian, James J. Martin, puts the 'Day of Infamy' into perspective with this excellent introduction to the topic. Key references are cited here for the student who wishes to delve into the most important literature pertaining to this watershed event in the history of the modern warfare state.

Pearl Harbor after a Quarter of a Century

This essay was Harry Elmer Barnes last. He passed away a week after completing the final draft, 25 August 1968 at the age of 79. Originally published in Vol. IV 1968 of Left and Right with an introduction by Murray N. Rothbard, it was the final and fatal blow to the "last remaining good-war and good-war-President myth."

The Pearl Harbor Investigations Listing

Documents from nine Pearl Harbor investigations are available at this location. A table of contents here provides a good overview of the Report of the final Joint Congressional Committee investigation and the Report itself refers back to the previous reports. Some of the more important documents from the investigations can be directly accessed here.

Roberta Wohlstetter's Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision

Wohlstetter's (i.e., Rand's) seminal contribution to the post-WW2 anti-revisionist "blurout" has not been the object of bookburning for reasons that become obvious in this brief review by a close student of Pearl. The reviewer, Charles C. Hiles, produced a manuscript of his own on the subject of Pearl Harbor, but none of it seems to have ever made it into print, it apparently having fallen into the hands of parties completely uninterested in its publication.

The Saga of Hog Island, 1917-1921: The Story of the First Great War Boondoggle

This historical essay is from James J. Martin's superb collection of revisionist articles, titled, The Saga of Hog Island: And Other Essays in Inconvenient History published by Ralph Myles Publisher, Inc., P.O. Box 1533, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. This recounts a watershed event in the history of the military-industrial complex.

A Brief History of the Defence of Western Civilization in Vietnam

A most telling list of red-letter dates that brings into focus the whole nasty business, but sadly lacks any connection to the Pacific War which precipitated subsequent events in Indochina.

Marshall and Vietnam

This article was first published in the Fall, 1967 issue of Rampart Journal, Vol. III, No. 3. It provides a larger perspective of the Vietnam War rarely explored. It is reminiscent of the post-WW1 commentaries that correctly anticipated events which eventually culminated in the outbreak of war in Europe towards the end of the 1930s as the inevitable consequence of the Treaty of Versailles.

The Public Stake in Revisionism

Harry Elmer Barnes, a major protagonist in post-war historical revisionism seeks support. Barnes seem to equivocate during the major wars of this century, but afterwards his opposition was invariably unequivocal, albeit untimely.

Pro-Red Orchestra In the U.S.A., 1941

This rather lengthy piece by James J. Martin was preliminary to his work-in-progress, Hands Across the Volga which apparently remains unfinished. This may be the only representation of it for time immemorial.

FDR's Role in Starting WWII

William Henry Chamberlin finds culpability for WW2 close at home in this selection from the fine anthology edited by Harry Elmer Barnes, entitled, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace.

The CODOH Main Index Page

A web site that rather exhaustively addresses a subset of atrocity stories—that regular and predictable staple of wartime that has proven so useful since time immemorial in demonizing the opposition and, in turn, mobilizing the homefront populaces. In most cases, such stories have routinely been debunked in post-war periods, if not during, by those particularly with antiwar sentiments. However, in the case of World War II, stories of atrocities attributed to the Axis powers have persisted long after the war. For example, as recently as the early 1960s, there were accounts of rather bad treatment of Communists in Axis-controlled areas of Europe. Subsequently, the political cold-war Communist angle of these accounts gave way to a purely apolitical ethnocentric focus. This re-orientation to historically persecuted ethnic groups made it extremely dicey for those who specialized in debunking these particular tales. This has not stopped such people as Bradley R. Smith, founder of CODOH, from taking up this specialization and turning it into a cause célèbre perhaps out of all proportion to its importance in the overall scheme of things, but nonetheless quite compelling in its own right. Of particular interest to TMH are the recollections of Paul Rassinier's experiences during and after the war available online at the following location: The Holocaust Story and the Lies of Ulysses.

The Economic Consequences of the Peace

Although best known for his General Theory, John Maynard Keynes should not be forgotten for this scathing indictment by him of the Carthaginian peace hammered out at Versailles after WW1. Go here for Thorstein Veblen's review of the work. However, before venturing there prepare yourself first by reading this by H.L. Mencken.

Foreword to the 1936 German Edition of the General Theory

Following introductory remarks by James J. Martin herewith are reproduced both the English translation and the original German version of John Maynard Keynes famous foreword to the 1936 German edition of his seminal opus, General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money.

Keith Stimely Revisionist Bibliography

A selected reading list, presented in two parts, of burnable books from the shelf of revisionist Keith Stimely. It's rather lengthy for a web page, but probably not exhaustive. Nevertheless, something probably worth browsing.