American journalist, author of The Roosevelt Myth


John T. Flynn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"John Thomas Flynn (1882-1964) originally gained fame in Washington, D.C. for his writings in The New Republic, where he wrote articles defending progressive positions. In subsequent years Flynn became a notable classical liberal/paleoconservative Flynn opposed both the New Deal and the Second World War. His best known work is The Roosevelt Myth. ..."

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25 Oct 1882, in Bladensburg, Maryland

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A Tribute to John T. Flynn, by Adam Young, 31 Jan 2003
"Flynn was a critic of Roosevelt's New Deal ... viewing the entire program as a copy of Mussolini's Fascist State corporatism. ... Unlike the so-called New Right, Flynn remained an anti-interventionist during the Cold War, opposing the Korean war and the creeping Vietnam quagmire, and predicted that the Soviet leviathan would collapse on its own ..."
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
"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
"... although he would refer to himself ... as a liberal, he would gradually disassociate himself with the political ideas put forward by individuals such as Franklin Roosevelt and journals such as the New Republic. ... by the late 1950s he had come to embrace an agenda that included abolition of the income tax and complete withdrawal from the United Nations."
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
"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 ... that raised the question for the first time: did FDR have advance warning of the Pearl Harbor catastrophe? "
Two Libertarian Classics, by Murray N. 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 ..."


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
"By January 1, 1941, Roosevelt had decided to go to war with Japan ... He felt the moment to provoke the attack had come by November ... He was completely sure the Japanese would not strike at Pearl Harbor ... he completely miscalculated ... When the attack came he was appalled and frightened. He dared not give the facts to the country."
Related Topic: World War II

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
Electronic text available at Ludwig von Mises Institute
While You Slept: Our Tragedy in Asia and Who Made It, 1951
Related Topic: Asia