The American Empire and “The Mouse That Roared”

May 6, 2014 by History in a Hurry

The American Empire vs. Your Retirement Prospects

by Gary North – May 05, 2014

Back in the late 1950’s, I used to sell records to Leonard Wibberley. He had a long gray beard, and he drove a white Jaguar convertible.

You have probably never heard of Leonard Wibberley. But he was important in my life. He taught me about American foreign policy.

He was a novelist. His most famous creation, out of 100 books, was the Duchy of Grand Fenwick. He wrote five novels about this remarkable little country. In his novels, he offered insights into American foreign policy. This was impressive, because Wibberley was Irish. But he had lived long enough in the United States to figure out how the system worked.

His most famous book was The Mouse that Roared. Here was its thesis. A tiny country was in financial straits. It needed a lot of money, and it needed it fast. The Prime Minister decided that the easiest way for a nation to make a lot of money was to declare war on the United States, and then lose the war. Foreign aid would flow in, and continue on a permanent basis thereafter.

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