Saturday, November 01, 2008

Garet Garrett sighting; Patrick Buchanan

Yesterday, Pat Buchanan quoted Garrett's 1938 essay, "The Revolution Was:"

Norman Thomas is said to have quit running for president on the Socialist ticket after six campaigns because the Democratic Party had stolen all his ideas and written them into its platforms.

Did Ike repeal the New Deal? Did Richard Nixon roll back the Great Society? Nope. He funded the Great Society. Did Ronald Reagan cut federal spending? Nope, defense spending soared. Bill Clinton slashed defense, but George Bush II set social spending records with No Child Left Behind and prescription drug benefits for the elderly under Medicare. Surpluses vanished, deficits returned, the national debt almost doubled.

Is the old republic then dead and gone, in the irretrievable past? Are we engaged in an argument settled before we were born?

In his 1938 essay "The Revolution Was," Garet Garrett wrote:

"There are those who think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of the Depression, singing songs to freedom."

That is one of Garrett's most famous and commonly cited quotes. It is a pleasant surprise to see it resurrected 70 years later as this year's election winds down.

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At November 1, 2008 at 9:47 AM, Blogger Jeffrey Tucker said...

That's great. Thank you so much for keeping up with this stuff.

At February 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM, Blogger Helen P. Rogers said...

I have listened to Rothbard's "For A New Liberty" over and over at night since I downloaded from the von Mises website as an audio book last Feb. This morning I listened intently about what Rothbard had to say about Garet Garett and am determined to make Garet Garett's writings my focus in 2014 (my reward after the day's obligations are done, Yours was the first I visited from the list at the end of Wikipedia's maine entry for Garrett. Thank you for all the information I intend to access during the year.
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place. M.Bohannon-Kaplan


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