James J. Martin

James J. Martin (18 September 1916 – 4 April 2004 ) was an American historian of the Holocaust . He was educated at the University of New Hampshire and at the University of Michigan earned his doctorate in history in 1949 .

He is best known for his work on the history of American individualistic anarchism , Men Against the State , originally published in 1953 . 1 His 1964 book on American Liberalism and World Politics, 1931-1941 on World War II is also known. He was a close collaborator of revisionist historian Harry Elmer Barnes .

Martin was akin to libertarianism and American anarchism. 2 also was influenced by the egoism of Max Stirner , and rejected the position iusnaturalista other libertarians. He did not consider “anarchists” sympathetic to Christian anarchism . He positioned himself as a Holocaust denier . His work was praised by progressive historian William Appleman Williams , by the libertarian theorist Murray Rothbard , among others.


After a teaching career in several universities, he took a teaching job at the Rampart College of Robert LeFevre , assuming it would be a full time job. This was not the case as Rampart College was not formally a university, but a series of workshops / lectures on libertarian political economy . This resulted in an eventual conflict between Martin and LeFevre when Rampart College closed three years after Martin was hired, with Martin charging against LeFevre for a breach of his five-year contract.

In 1968 , after the Rampart College affair, Martin founded the small publisher Ralph Myles Publishing, which reprinted Men Against the State and brought back a series of classic anarchist writings, notably No Treason by Lysander Spooner . Martin was also the author of books on subjects isolationist and anti including Revisionist Viewpoints , a collection of essays anti World War II , and An American Adventure in Bookburning , a history of censorship in the United States during the First World War .

Beginning in 1979 , Martin began to partner with the Institute for Historical Review , a negationist group, which in the minds of some detracted from his previous credibility as a historian. One of his last books was The Man Who Invented Genocide: The Public Career and Consequences of Raphael Lemkin published in 1984 .


His books published were: 3

  • American Liberalism and World Politics, 1931-1941
  • An American Adventure in Bookburning In the Style of 1918
  • Beyond Pearl Harbor: Essays on Some Historical Consequences of the Crisis in the Pacific in 1941
  • Men Against the State: The Expositors of Individualist Anarchism, 1827-1908
  • Revisionist Viewpoints: Essays in a Dissident Historical Tradition
  • The Man Who Invented ‘Genocide’: The Public Career and Consequences of Raphael Lemkin
  • The Pro-Red Orchestra Starts Tuning Up in the USA, 1941
  • The Saga of Hog Island and Other Essays in Inconvenient History


  1. Back to top↑ Men Against the State , Amazon.com
  2. Back to top↑ James J. Martin, RIP . Brian Doherty . Reason (magazine)
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