John T. Flynn

John T. Flynn

(1882 - 1964)
BIO

“John Thomas Flynn (October 25, 1882, Bladensburg, Maryland – April 13, 1964) was an American journalist best known for his opposition to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and to American entry into World War II.

Before the New Deal, Flynn thought of himself as a liberal. He was right. And he never changed his mind, either. He was a liberal. He believed in progress, free speech, free inquiry, small government, and maximum freedom in every sphere of life. That included the economic sphere. Here is where the crowd that called themselves liberals in the 1930s and ’40s departed from him. Flynn believed that liberalism also meant a free economy. He was an opponent of corporatism, of state intervention, of state-created cartels, of authoritarian rule. The New Deal was all those things. Flynn showed that it culminated in militarism and war — the New Deal by other means. It was a continuation and not a departure. We were fighting against fascism abroad while imposing it at home. “

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FEATURED WORK
As We Go Marching

As We Go Marching

By John T. Flynn

The history and meaning of fascism.

While You Slept

While You Slept

By John T. Flynn

"Our tragedy in Asia and who made it."

Men of Wealth

Men of Wealth

By John T. Flynn

A first-class business history, by any standard.

ALL PUBLICATIONS
  • As We Go Marching
    Published in 2014
    The work of John T. Flynn (1882–1964) is proof that the job of journalist once meant something very serious. As We Go Marching is a…
  • While You Slept
    Published in
    John T. Flynn voted for FDR, but he quickly came to regret it. Not only did Flynn see the essential connections between the New Deal…
  • Men of Wealth
    Published in
    What gave rise to such an amazing treatise? It was the New Deal itself. As an old-time progressive, Flynn was scandalized by the extent of…