The Sacrifice of the Lusitania
On May 7, 1915, 1,198 people perished in the sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania, in a totally preventable act of war. The events described in this post are relevant to a central thesis of Capitalism: The Liberal Revolution, the book portion of the website of which a blog, and this Post, are a part. The thesis is that in pursuing political goals, politicians are capable of great evil. That was true of one of the justifiably most admired politicians of the 20th century—Winston Churchill. As First Lord of the Admiralty Churchill was the head of the British navy in 1915 when the famous British ocean liner RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine as the ship was on approach to its home port on the last day of a voyage from New York City. Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty (1915) A thorough appraisal of evidence brought to light in a recent book indicates that Churchill was instrumental in causing the sinking of the Lusitania, a disaster that cost the lives not