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Garet Garrett

Garet Garrett (19 February 1878 – 6 November 1954), born Edward Peter Garrett, was an American journalist and author, who is noted for his opposition to the New Deal and U.S. involvement in World War II.


19 Feb 1878, Peter Garrett, in Pana, Illinois


6 Nov 1954, in Tuckahoe, New Jersey


An American Empire! If You Want It instead of Freedom, Part 1, by Richard M. Ebeling, Freedom Daily, Apr 2003
Examines Garet Garrett's 1952 essay "The Rise of Empire" and contrasts it with Charles Krauthammer's "The Unipolar Moment Revisited" and his concept of "unilateralism"
Fifty years ago, the classical liberal author and journalist Garet Garrett published a collection of essays called The People's Pottage (1953). In the midst of the Korean War, he tried to persuade the American people that the United States was on a new course that conflicted with the original conception of the nation ... Garrett summarized what he considered the requisite signs of the emerging American Empire ... Out of the ashes of the Second World War, [he] argued, the United States had taken on the status and position of a global policeman responsible for the "the peace of the world."
Blueprint for Dictatorship, by Justin Raimondo, 30 Apr 2007
Describes how the Defense Authorization Act, the Military Commissions Act and changes to the Insurrection Act could be used to impose martial law in the United States
This recalls the opening of Garet Garrett's 1952 philippic, Rise of Empire, wherein he diagnosed the essential indeterminacy of the transition: "We have crossed the boundary that lies between Republic and Empire. If you ask when, the answer is that you cannot make a single stroke between day and night; the precise moment does not matter. There is no painted sign to say: 'You are now entering Imperium.'" The usually prescient Garrett got it somewhat wrong ... I'm back to Garet Garrett, who never fails to come up with some apt aphoristic prognostication, this one being from his classic The Revolution Was ...
Garet Garrett (1878-1954) On Empire, by Joseph R. Stromberg, 5 Aug 2000
Biographical and bibliographical essay, focusing on the essays in The People's Pottage
Garrett was born Edward Peter Garrett in Iowa. He became a printer's apprentice and then moved into reporting, working at a number of papers in the Midwest. He moved to Washington, DC, where he covered our first truly imperial administration and adopted the pen-name Garet Garrett. ... Garrett began writing a series of novels – The Blue Wound, The Driver, The Wild Wheel – all of which reflected his belief in the moral soundness of the American way of life and competitive capitalism. ... His one departure from a 'pure' free-market defense of capitalism was his espousal of protective tariffs.
Garet Garrett: Exemplar of the Old Right, by Justin Raimondo, The American Enterprise
Review of Garrett's The American Story (1955)
Garrett wrote novels in his youth, short stories and serials for the old Saturday Evening Post – he later became the magazine’s chief editorial writer – and his flair for the dramatic, the unexpected turn of a phrase, embellishes his later essays and nonfiction books. His classic trilogy of booklets, The Revolution Was, Ex America, and Rise of Empire ... In a last burst of eloquence he turned out three books in the final few years of his life, including The American Story – a history book such as could not be written (or published) today.
Garet Garrett Revived, by Bruce Ramsey, 26 Mar 2002
Discusses Garrett's political writings and announces a new collection of his Saturday Evening Post articles about the New Deal, edited by Ramsey
Garet Garrett is a man of special flavor on the Right ... In the 1920s he wrote about international finance and about the push for a federal bailout of farmers; in the early 1930s, about bank failures and the international debt crisis of 1931. Beginning in 1933, he turned his rhetorical cannon on the New Deal. In his day, Garrett was thought of as a conservative – a hard-core conservative. If we remember him now a libertarian, it is because, conservatives are not nearly so hard-core today. His argument for liberty was not from natural rights, and though his arguments were very often economic, his basic premises were not.
Non-Marxist Theories of Imperialism, by Alan Fairgate, Reason, Feb 1976
Examines writings of critics of imperialism that are not based on Marxist analysis
Garet Garrett is another prominent representative of the isolationist movement who recognized the important links between domestic economic policies of the New Deal and interventionist foreign policies adopted during World War II and the postwar period. ... Among the fundamental characteristics of Empire Garrett listed: a strong executive power, subordination of domestic to foreign policy, ascendancy of the military over the civilian mind, a dominant psychological sense of constant fear, and a 'vast system of entanglement' which would automatically involve the United States in any conflict that erupted in any part of the world.
We Were Warned about the Rise of Empire, by Sheldon Richman, The Goal Is Freedom, 13 Jun 2014
In light of calls for U.S. re-intervention in Iraq, revisits Garet Garrett's 1952 essay "The Rise of Empire" discussing Garrett's five traits that are "the true marks of Empire" and their applicability to the United States in 2014
In 1952 the journalist and novelist Garet Garrett (1878–1954) took up this question in contemplating post-World War II America. The resulting essay, "The Rise of Empire," is included in ... The People's Pottage. It bears close study today. Garrett was an important figure in what has come to be known as the "Old Right," an eclectic group of writers and politicians (mostly Republican) who emerged in the 1930s to oppose militarism and the centralization of power under the New Deal ... Garrett began with this somber message:
We have crossed the boundary that lies between Republic and Empire ...
Who Is Garet Garrett?, by Jeffrey Tucker, Mises Daily, 25 Oct 2007
Biographical and bibliographical essay, including both his novels and non-fiction writing
If Garet Garrett (1878-1954) is known at all today, it is by those who are captivated by the handful of intellectuals who wrote in opposition to the New Deal planning state and the regimentation of national life it brought about ... Garrett is a case study in a forgotten genius ... Despite astonishing eloquence and prescience, Garrett's stirring attacks on the New Deal and condemnations of the American imperial mindset found few takers in the Cold War era. Meanwhile, his earlier career as a business journalist and wonderful novelist in the 1920s had been entirely forgotten by the 1950s.


Ex America, 1951
The Revolution Was, 1938
Monograph describing the nine problems faced by New Dealers and how they were handled according to "revolutionary technic"
There are those who still 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 Depression, singing songs to freedom. ... All of this is said by one who believes that people have an absolute right to any form of government they like, even to an American Welfare state, with status in place of freedom, if that is what they want. The first of all objections to the New Deal is neither political nor economic. It is moral.
Related Topic: Aristotle

Books Authored

Defend America First: The Antiwar Editorials of the Saturday Evening Post, 1939-1942
    by Garet Garrett, Bruce Ramsey (introduction), 2003
Editorials from Aug 1939-Jan 1942; contents: Introduction - Invitation - The Call - Sacrifices - The State - Consent - Meaning - Reminder - Last Stand - Global Dream - Country - Comrades - Confidence - Maneuvers - Eleventh Hour - Unity - Afterword
Related Topic: War
Garet Garrett's: The People's Pottage, 1992
Electronic version available at, includes "The Revolution Was" (1938), "Ex America" (1951), "The Rise of Empire" (1952) and a foreword by Garrett (1953)

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