American journalist, author of The Roosevelt Myth
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    John Thomas Flynn (25 October 1882 - 13 April 1964) was an American journalist best known for his opposition to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and to American entry into World War II. In September 1940, Flynn helped establish the America First Committee (AFC). He was also the first to advance the Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory.

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    Born

    25 Oct 1882, in Bladensburg, Maryland

    Died

    13 Apr 1964, in Amityville, New York

    Biography

    Laissez Faire Books
    "His books include Forgotten Lessons, Country Squire in the White House (1940), As We Go Marching (1944), The Epic of Freedom (1947), The Road Ahead (1949), While You Slept (1951), The Lattimore Story (1953) and The Decline of the American Republic (1955). Flynn's masterwork The Roosevelt Myth (1948) has gone through several editions, and the Fox & Wilkes 50th anniversary edition has a thoughtful introduction by historian Ralph Raico. "

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    Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: John Flynn - Libertarian
    Biography from Laissez Faire Books and picture
    "Journalist Flynn (1882-1964) was the among the most prolific American authors who carried the torch of liberty during the mid 20th century. This feisty Irishman is best known for his spirited (and lonely) critiques of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal and of American entry in World War II. ... Nobody has done a better job debunking the myth that FDR was a selfless, noble, wise and benevolent ruler. Flynn showed that his only enduring principle was to stay in power. ... You ought to see what Flynn reveals about Hillary Clinton's idol Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Articles

    A Tribute to John T. Flynn, by Adam Young, 31 Jan 2003
    Biographical overview followed by quotes from Flynn's writings on FDR, Roosevelt's monument, the New Deal and the Roosevelt myth
    "John Thomas Flynn was born in 1882 in Washington, D.C., into a middle class old Irish Catholic family, and went to school in New York City. During his formative years, the ramifications of the Spanish-American War created in him a life-long opposition to imperialism, whether European or American. He entered Georgetown to study law, but was irresistibly drawn towards a career in journalism. ... The quotes presented here are only a sampling of the wit and keen observations made by John T. Flynn about that period in American history when liberty almost died."
    Book Review: Forgotten Lessons, by Richard M. Ebeling, Future of Freedom, Mar 1996
    Review of Forgotten Lessons: Selected Essays of John T. Flynn by edited by Gregory P. Pavlik, 1995
    "One of those few who never became one of FDR's global New Dealers was John T. Flynn. ... Now, thanks to Gregory Pavlik of The Foundation for Economic Education, readers have an opportunity to rediscover John T. Flynn and his anti-New Deal, anti-big government insights. Mr. Pavlik has edited Forgotten Lessons, a collection of some of Flynn's best essays that were written in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s on a variety of both domestic and foreign policy topics."
    Non-Marxist Theories of Imperialism, by Alan Fairgate, Feb 1976
    Examines writings of critics of imperialism that are not based on Marxist analysis
    "John T. Flynn's As We Go Marching ... remains one of the most brilliant analyses of the New Deal to have emerged from that period. Flynn—leader of the militant New York chapter of the America First Committee—traced the emergence of fascist economic systems in Germany and Italy and then noted their close similarities to the economic policies adopted by the United States during the New Deal. ... He argued persuasively that imperialism and militarism constitute essential elements of fascist economic systems since they provide the only channels for massive government expenditures ..."
    Seventy Years Since FDR: A Time To Remember John T. Flynn, by Lawrence Reed, 10 Mar 2003
    Review of John T. Flynn's The Roosevelt Myth on the 70th anniversary of the inauguration of FDR, highlighting the defying attitudes of Henry Ford and Sewell Avery, the president of Montgomery Ward
    "For every thousand books written, perhaps just one comes to enjoy the appellation, 'classic.' ... Such a book is The Roosevelt Myth by John T. Flynn. First published in 1948, [it is a] definitive analysis of America's 32nd president ... John T. Flynn was a successful and influential journalist with a reputation for candor and first-rate research. He was neither a shill for Big Government nor a puppet of Big Business. He railed against both when they conspired to undermine the Constitution, erode our freedoms, or suck the nation into foreign entanglements."
    The Ideological Odyssey of John T. Flynn, by John E. Moser
    Short biographical essay by the author of Right Turn: John T. Flynn and the Transformation of American Liberalism
    "During the late 1920s and early 1930s, John T. Flynn made a name for himself as a liberal--perhaps even radical--expert on economics. ... Flynn wrote weekly columns for both the New Republic and the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. ... Flynn founded along with socialist Norman Thomas the Keep America Out of War Committee (KAOWC), whose membership came to include many prominent left-wing intellectuals, writers, and labor leaders. Little did Flynn realize, however, that his hostility to Roosevelt and his agenda was destroying his reputation as a liberal journalist."
    The New Deal Made Them 'Right', by Damon W. Root, Cato Policy Report, Sep 2009
    Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
    "Foremost among the members of this new 'right' was the muckraking journalist John T. Flynn. ... A graduate of Georgetown Law School, Flynn made his name in the 1920s and early 1930s as a left-leaning financial columnist and author whose books bore such titles as Graft in Business and Trusts Gone Wrong! ... Flynn's work earned him a prominent perch at the New Republic, then as now one of the country's leading left-liberal publications, where he wrote a weekly economics column from 1933 until he was dropped in 1940 for his increasingly harsh attacks on FDR's policies."
    The Secret of Pearl Harbor: FDR's Role Exposed – in 1944, by Justin Raimondo, 25 May 2001
    Introduction to a republishing of Flynn's 1945 pamphlet "The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor", coincident with the release of the film Pearl Harbor
    "John T. Flynn was one of the first to stand up to the war hysteria, defy the atmosphere of political intimidation, and start asking questions. ... He wrote two scathing pamphlets, The Truth About Pearl Harbor (1944) and The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor (1945), that raised the question for the first time: did FDR have advance warning of the Pearl Harbor catastrophe? Flynn answer was yes. ... Originally a supporter of the President, Flynn became one of FDR's bitterest, most relentless critics ..."
    Two Libertarian Classics, by Murray Rothbard, Reason, Mar 1974
    Reviews of Albert Jay Nock's Our Enemy the State and John T. Flynn's As We Go Marching
    "Of all the Old Right 'isolationist' attacks on the war policies of the New Deal, none was more trenchant, more incisive, and more brilliantly written than John T. Flynn's AS WE GO MARCHING. ... after the book was written, Flynn continued to oppose interventionism in the form of the Cold War and American imperial adventures in Asia. ... Flynn contributed an article to NATIONAL REVIEW in the fall of 1956, attacking militarism and military spending as a socialistic 'racket.' Characteristically, Buckley refused to publish the piece ..."

    Writings

    Perspective: The Road Ahead, The Freeman, Oct 1995
    From Forgotten Lessons: Selected Essays of John T. Flynn, 1949; enumerates a set of principles that Flynn thought were crucial to reversing the direction the United States was in (mixing capitalism with socialism)
    "Since 1933 the Government has waged relentless war upon the capitalist system—at first ignorantly, but recently with a definite design to cripple and destroy it. The man who runs a business has been pilloried as a criminal, and the Government has taken measures to prevent him from accumulating those savings which make expansion possible. It has held him up to public scorn and hatred. It has taxed away his savings, and it has so choked the streams through which savings flow into investment that our system is wilting away."
    Related Topics: Capitalism, Liberty, Socialism
    The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor, Oct 1945
    Written shortly after the release of the U.S. Army and Navy reports on the Pearl Harbor attack, Flynn claims it was the result of "three incredible blunders" and that President Roosevelt "personally managed the whole crisis"
    "By January 1, 1941, Roosevelt had decided to go to war with Japan ... But he had solemnly pledged the people he would not take their sons to foreign wars unless attacked ... He felt the moment to provoke the attack had come by November ... He was certain the attack would be against British territory, at Singapore perhaps, and perhaps on the Philippines or Guam ... he did not order Kimmel to take his fleet out of Pearl Harbor, out where it could defend itself ... He was completely sure the Japanese would not strike at Pearl Harbor ... Thus he completely miscalculated ... When the attack came he was appalled and frightened. He dared not give the facts to the country."

    Books Authored

    Forgotten Lessons: Selected Essays by John T. Flynn
        by John T. Flynn, Foundation for Economic Education, 1995
    Partial contents: Whose Child is the NRA - The Case Against Deficit Spending - The Hand in Your Pocket - The War Boom Begins - Militarism: The New Slavery for America - Coming: A Totalitarian America - Eggheads through History - Two Rackets of the UN
    • ISBN 1572460156: Paperback, Foundation for Econ Education, 1st edition, 1995
    The Decline of the American Republic and How to Rebuild It, 1955
    Partial contents: The Tragic Retreat - Government and Freedom - Republics in History - The American Republic - The Great Depression - A New Name for Socialism - The Dark Alliance - The Assault on the Constitution - From Depression to War Room
    Related Topic: United States
    The Roosevelt Myth: A Critical Account of the New Deal and Its Creator [PDF], 1948
    Partial contents: Book One: Trial-and Error: The Banking Crisis - The New New Deal - Book Two: Confusion: War on the Courts - The Forgotten Depression - Book Three: Betrayal: The Atlantic Charter - The Thought Police - Politics, Disease and History
    While You Slept: Our Tragedy in Asia and Who Made It, 1951
    Partial contents: The Red Deluge - China's Two Wars - Two Great Designs - Architects of Disaster - The Road to Korea Open - The Great Whitewash - The Pool of Poison - The Hatchet Men - Left Thunder on the Right - The Press and Pink Propaganda
    Related Topic: Asia

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