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Garet Garrett
1878 - 1954

American writer and editor. Garrett was a forlorn but relentless critic of the New Deal and American global empire-building. He predicted that the fallout of these initiatives would be the elevation of the state and its corresponding reduction of freedom. Three notable essays The Revolution Was (1944), ExAmerica (1951) and The Rise of Empire (1952) dramatically chronicle the unfolding of his prediction in the 1930s to 1950s. Also author of The People's Pottage (1954)


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 was no painted sign to say: 'You are now entering Imperium.' Yet it was a very old road and the voice of history was saying: 'Whether you know it or not, the act of crossing may be irreversible.' And now, not far ahead, is a sign that reads: 'No U-turns.'

1952 - from The Rise of Empire
You do not defend what is already lost.

1945 - from The People's Pottage
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.