Chickens of the Interventionist Liberals - Henry Elmer Barnes

This short pamphlet discusses the the non-inteventionist, progressive liberal intellectuals of the 1920's eveolved into the pro-war "internationalists" under the influence of the Roosevelt administration and World War II. Barmes laments the hypocrisy and careerism of the pro-war left, and discusses how they have distorted the truth about the World Wars, and blacklisted historians who attempt to set the record straight.

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The Bitter Fruits of Globaloney

by Harry Elmer Barnes

[Title Page] from Interventionist Liberals by Henry Elmer Barnes

The Chickens of the Liberal Interventionalists have Come Home to Roost

For God's sake, do not drag me into another war! I am worn down and worn out with crusading and defending Europe and protecting mankind: I must think a little of myself. I am sorry for the Spaniards—I am sorry for the Greeks—I deplore the fate of the Jews; the people of the Sandwich islands are groaning under the most detestable tryanny; Bagdad is oppressed; I do not like the present state of the Delta; Thibet is not comfortable.

Am I to fight for all these people? The world is bursting with sin and sorrow. Am I to be the Champion of the Decalogue; and to be eternally raising fleets and armies to make all men good and happy? We have just done saving Europe, and I am afraid the consequences will be that we shall cut each others' throats. No war, dear Lady Grey!—No eloquence, but apathy, selfishness, common sense, arithmetic! I beseech you, secure Lord Grey's swords and pistols, as the housekeeper did Don Quixote's armor.

Rev. Sydney Smith to Lady Grey.

[Imprimateur] from Interventionist Liberals by Henry Elmer Barnes
[Imprimateur] from Interventionist Liberals by Henry Elmer Barnes

About The Author

Harry Elmer Barnes was born near Auburn, New York, on June 15, 1889. He attended Port Byron High School and Syracuse University, receiving his A.B. degree from the latter institution summa cum laude in 1913. He received his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1918. While at Columbia he was University Fellow in Historical Sociology and Cutting Travelling Fellow in History. He has taught history and historical sociology at Syracuse University, Barnard College, Columbia University, Clark University, Smith College, Amherst College, Temple University, the University of Colorado, the University of Indiana, and in many university summer schools throughout the country. His most important historical writings are The History of Western Civilization (2 vols., 1935); and An Intellectual and Cultural History of the Western World (1937). Preserved Smith declared that the former is "incontestably the masterpiece of the New History."

Dr. Barnes's chief works in the field of diplomatic history and international relations are The Genesis of the World War (1926); In Quest of Truth and Justice (1928); and World Politics in Modern Civilization (1930). He also edited the important series of six volumes on American Investments Abroad: Studies in American Imperialism (1928-35), sponsored by the American Fund for Public Service.

Of the Genesis, Carl Becker wrote that it was "a marvellously straight, swift, cogent presentation of facts and conclusions," and William L. Langer declared that the facts about the responsibility for the first World War "could not be more successfully presented at the present stage of our historical knowledge."

He took the lead, with the above-mentioned three books and earlier reviews and articles, in arousing popular interest in the causes of the first World War, with the result that the chief authority on the literature of this subject, Dr. George Peabody Gooch, asserted that "No other American scholar has done so much to familiarize his countrymen with the new evidence, and to compel them to revise their wartime judgments in the light of this new material."

In his substantial brochure. The Struggle Against the Historical Blackout, he has once more become the pioneer in directing public attention to the subject of Revisionism, as bearing on the causes of the second World War, and to the great obstacles to the discovery and publication of truth in this field.