The Legacy of World War I
Doug Bandow (Cato Institute)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Almost every existing war currently drawing in the “West” had its beginning in what was supposed to be the “the war to end war”. The World War I began a century ago, a foreign policy accident. It was completely unnecessary, a combustible mix of bad assumptions, abundant misperception, dangerous ambitions, and unfounded confidence. The consequences of that conflict live on. With the world seemingly aflame, peoples and especially political leaders today should relearn the virtues of prudence, caution, and humility before embarking on new international crusades.
Doug Bandow is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and served as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He is a weekly columnist for Forbes online. Previously a columnist for antiwar.com, a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service, and editor of the monthly political magazine Inquiry, he also has been widely published in such periodicals as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Christianity Today, and World, as well as leading newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has written several books, including Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics (Crossway), Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire (Xulon Press), Leviathan Unchained: Washington’s Bipartisan Big Government Consensus (forthcoming, Xulon Press), The Politics of Envy: Statism as Theology (Transaction), and The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction). He received his B.S. in Economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1979. He is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. bars.