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"There is nothing puzzling ... about America's gratuitously aggressive foreign policy or about the oligarchs' successful efforts to drag the Republic into five wars. What an aggressive foreign policy accomplishes by slow degrees, a state of war accomplishes in a trice. Overnight [war] kills reform, overnight it transforms insurgents into traitors and the Republic into an imperiled realm. Overnight it strangles free politics, distracts and overawes the citizenry. Overnight it blasts public hope."

Walter Karp


Indispensable Enemies - the politics of misrule in America (1973)

"The military budget is simply an enormous pork barrel of special privilege, the privileges taking the form of windfall profits, of no-risk profits and, most importantly, of enormous outlays of capital supplied by the Pentagon to arms contractors."

Walter Karp

The Politics of War - the story of two wars which altered forever the political life of the American republic (1979)

"The [U.S.] military machine ... has enabled the party oligarchs to solve what for them is a grave political problem - how to waste scores of billions of dollars a year."

Walter Karp

Liberty Under Siege (1988)

"What chiefly governs the [U.S.] military budget is the need to spend enormous sums of money in a useless way. The allegedly powerful Pentagon is simply a receptacle for wasteful expenditure, just as a city dump is the receptacle for the refuse of a city."

Walter Karp

Buried Alive - essays on our endangered republic (1992)

"Since free men cannot judge for themselves what endangers their freedom if they believe it is never in danger, it is the chief burden of the public school curriculum to persuade children that their liberty is always secure."

Walter Karp

"An aggressive foreign policy safeguards the power of the power wielders and strengthens their control over those whom they rule."

Walter Karp

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