Dr. Mengele, USA Style: Lessons from Human Rights Abuses in Post-World War II America

31 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2022 Last revised: 9 May 2022

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Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Abigail R Hall

University of Tampa

Date Written: February 28, 2022

Abstract

This paper explores U.S. government activities related to human experimentation after World War II. We emphasize how a proactive foreign policy, even in the pursuit of liberal ends, can undermine the rights and liberties of members the domestic populace. The typical primary justification for a strong military and proactive foreign policy is to protect the person and property of domestic people while reinforcing liberal values. But preparing for and engaging in war and foreign intervention, even if defensive in nature, often does the opposite in unseen and underappreciated ways. We discuss the implications of these tendencies and consider three responses offered by liberals—liberal empire, interstate federalism, and citizen-based defense.

Keywords: citizen-based defense, Cold War, Liberal empire, Interstate federalism, Operation Overcast, Operation Paperclip, World War II

JEL Classification: F50, F52, F54

Suggested Citation

Coyne, Christopher J. and Hall, Abigail R, Dr. Mengele, USA Style: Lessons from Human Rights Abuses in Post-World War II America (February 28, 2022). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 22-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4045710 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4045710

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