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- George Orwell
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The library will have a new location by spring 2012. You can contact me at my address below
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My address is: Kurtis Bottke
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THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY
Author: Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D.
You think you know American History. But did you know:
The American “revolutionaries” were actually conservatives
The Puritans didn’t steal Indian lands
FDR agreed to send a million Russian POW’s back to Stalin
“Landslide Lyndon” Johnson stole his first Senate race
The War on Poverty made poverty worse
Hundreds of American liberals had secret ties to the Soviets
As an attorney (now retired), a former law professor, and occasional writer on jurisprudential history, I have
had many opportunities to study key events and personalities in American history. I have often remarked
on how much of what appears, or is emphasized, in history texts and in high school and college
classrooms differs from what actually happened. Thomas Woods' Politically Incorrect Guide to American
History does a masterful and entertaining job of correcting common misconceptions and filling in some
gaps. (It is not a complete American history, nor does Woods claim it is.) Its common pattern, on subject
after subject, is: Here are some historical facts that contradict or provide a fuller understanding of what
you were probably taught. And that, properly, gives rise to the question: what else in the standard
American History mythology might be incorrect or at least a bit shaky?
One technique Woods uses to make his points is to quote the people who were involved in significant
historical events. Abraham Lincoln, elected President in 1860, asserted that no state of the United States
had the right to secede and in 1861 sent the Union Army into the South to enforce that position. But,
speaking in 1848, Lincoln had said: "Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the
right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is
a most valuable, a most sacred right--a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is
this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise
it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much territory as
they inhabit." (p. 63) Lincoln really said that. The reader is compelled to inquire further into the issue of
the individual state's right to secede, given Constitutional history, and into the real causes of the Civil
War. Woods helps us understand those issues.
Ulysses S. Grant, Lincoln's top general in the Civil War, and later President, was himself a slaveholder until
passage of the 13th Amendment after the war ended. During the war he said: "If I thought this war was
to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission and offer my sword to the other side." (p. 67) My, my,
does Grant's statement make you wonder whether the standard story (that the Civil War was fought by
the "good" North against the "evil" South to end slavery) has some serious deficiencies? It should.
During the Civil War, the Northern forces, rejecting centuries long standards of civilized warfare that
protected non-combatants, engaged in total war, stealing food and other supplies and destroying homes
and farms, all in order to completely subjugate, starve and destroy the will of every southerner. The
extent to which they were willing to go is reflected in an Order issued from Northern General Benjamin
Butler regarding treatment of the women of New Orleans: "[I]t is ordered that hereafter when any female
shall by word, gesture or movement insult or show contempt for any officer or soldier of the United States
she shall be regarded and held liable to be treated as a woman of the town plying her avocation." (p. 72)
Officially sanctioned rape as a tool of warfare. Nice.
Another standard myth of American history is that President Franklin Roosevelt rescued us from the
depression of the 1930s that had been allowed to worsen by his do-nothing predecessor, Herbert Hoover.
The facts are that FDR's incessant meddling in the economy, meddling that took the form of Benito
Mussolini's Italian fascism, was largely a continuation of Hoover's meddling. And it was unavailing. The
depression lasted until the United States entered World War II. But, wartime did not result in any real
improvement in the economy. The government merely conscripted the unemployed into the military and
many others into production of war material; all in all about 40% of the population. The consumer
economy was largely shut down for the duration. People could not buy cars, or just about anything else
made of steel, gasoline, many foods, etc. All such things were needed for the war effort. To the extent
that any civilian economy remained, it was tightly regulated with wage and price controls and rationing.
The real recovery did not begin until after the war and after FDR's death. (Chapter 11)
Speaking of World War II, did you know that FDR was promising to keep America out of it while he was
working behind the scenes to do the opposite? Or, that a majority of Americans, including many
prominent ones such as Charles Lindbergh, H.L. Mencken, John F. Kennedy (yes, JFK himself), Frank Lloyd
Wright, Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford, opposed America getting involved in the war right up until the
Pearl Harbor bombing? Here's another question: Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor? Could it possibly
have anything to do with FDR's freezing Japanese assets in the U.S. and organizing a boycott of essential
goods, particularly oil that Japan needed to import. Japan made a terrible blunder in attacking the U.S.,
but absent FDR's efforts, it probably would not have happened. Secretary of War, Henry Stimson, wrote in
his diary on November 25, 1941, that the question was how "to maneuver them [the Japanese] into the
position of firing the first shot." Former President Hoover said in 1941 that the administration was "doing
everything they can to get us into war through the Japanese back door." (p. 181)
Enough from me. Read the book. As you do, come up with the tough follow-up questions. Professor Woods
answers many of them. For those he does not, he suggests additional readings that will benefit you. In the
end, there is no way you can come away from the experience without realizing that the standard American
History mythology is seriously lacking. Woods has done a terrific job of curing some of that lack. Another
reason to read and enjoy the book is that Woods has been attacked from both the "left" and the "right" for
daring to put into print these many factual challenges to the standard mythology. It is notable that those
doing the attacking don't seem to challenge the facts, but target Woods himself for illuminating them. I
hope he does more of it. For what he has done, I thank him.
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO THE SOUTH (AND WHY IT WILL RISE AGAIN)
Author: Clint Johnson
You think you know the South. But did you know:
Why the South is more important to America’s founding than the North
The first of the thirteen colonies to legalize slavery? (Hint: it’s not in the South)
The South is the center of American culture and history
Why faith and family come first in the South
Why limited government and low tax rates are a Southern tradition
Englishman though I may be, I am proud to have made South Carolina my home for 3 months, to have visited
Atlanta, Georgia, and to count an Alabamian amongst my very best friends in the world.
As a person whose fondness for American culture is not unknown, the South Eastern United States is home to
perhaps the purest and, to me, the fondest form of American culture. Whether this is Country music, Southern
food, the Southern way of life, Civil and Revolutionary war history, the South has it all.
Clint Johnson's enjoyable, readable, and highly informative volume lays bare all the cultural items associated with
the South, presents Southern history in an unbiased manner, shorn of political correctness, and inclusive of history
the PC Brigade like to neglect.
We learn that the Civil War was more about preserving the Union, not ending slavery, that disagreement over
tariffs played just as great a role in secession as the moves of the abolitionists, and that Southern Generals and
soldiers were not only far superior in an operational capacity, but more generous and gracious in defeat than their
The role of Southerners in every United States conflict is revealed, whether it is authentic Southerners such as
Pershing, McArthur or Marshall, or honorary Southerners such as Eisenhower and Patton. Furthermore, Lee is
examined greatly, and is shown to be a man of great honor, moral integrity, and perhaps the Greatest General the
United States has ever known.
The defining aspects of Southern culture are examined, such as the importance of faith, family, community and
most of all good manners, the Southern traditions of College Football, NASCAR, and hunting, to the wide range of
The author writes with a sense of pride, dignity and passion, and the book should be mandatory reading both for
the PC brigade, and any lover of American culture. A book that makes me proud to have made my South my home
and a book I will forever treasure.
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Author: Anthony Esolen
Bet your college professor never told you:
Why “Western civ” is the story of…us
How the “Enlightenment” yielded tyranny and war
How climate change affects culture (hint: warmer is better)
Why Jesus is the most important figure in history
Why the Middle Ages were the real “Age of Reason”
Prof. Anthony Esolen is an English professor at Providence College who wrote a good survey undermining the
childish politically correct nonsense re Western Civilization. The book titled THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE
TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION (PIGWC) is a good book for the uninitiated as well as for those who are seasoned
readers of what constitutes Western Civilization.
When this reviewer first received this book, he thought that was little to learn for those who have studied European
History. This book was a pleasant surprise and informative even for those learned in European studies.
Prof. Esolen began this book with a good introduction to the history, political systems, and literature/philosophy of
the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans. Esolen gave a good explanation of the political loyalties of the Greek
Polis, especially Athens and Sparta, and the Roman Republic. He gave a much needed explanation of the conflict
between the Ancient Greeks and the Persians during the Persian Wars (490-479 BC). Esolen intelligently explains
the reasons for the Greeks loyalty to the Polis and the Roman loyalty to the Roman Republic and the city of Rome.
There is a further explanation for the demise of the Greeks especially the Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BC.).
There is a good explanation for the disintegration of the Roman Empire. Esolen explains that the Romans, who
could be harsh and severe, were also tolerant of the different peoples whom they ruled. For example, those from
North Africa, Western Asia, Greece, Gaul or France, the British Isles, etc. could be Roman citizens regardless of
their origin of birth and geography.
Esolen excelled in this book in describing Ancient Greek and Roman literature and philosophy. Esolen's description
of Ancient Greek drama is profound, even those who are well read in Ancient Greek drama would learn from this
book. Esolen's explanations show knowledge and careful thought. His explanations of Ancient Greek philosophy
also demonstrate Esolen's knowledge and ability to convey ideas and serious thought. This part of the book was
Esolen also gave readers a complex but clear summary of monotheism. He gave a detailed explanation of Judaism
and Christianity which was informative and undermined the politically correct childish views. Esolen, who honestly
admitted he is a devout Catholic, was surprisingly honest in writing clear explanations of both of these monotheistic
religions. He compared and contrasted the early Church Fathers with the then emerging Judaism. Anyone who has
an interest in biblical studies and history would learn from this part of the book.
Esolen then ventured into the studies of the middle ages. His list of Catholic achievements and contributions are
unanswerable. Esolen cited examples of the medieval monks, the medieval friars, etc. He explained the liveliness of
medieval universities and Scholastism. Those who think the Catholic Church tried to hinder learning would learn so
much to the contrary. Esolen spent pages in explaining the thinking of St. Thomas Aquinas (1224-1275) and
compared his thinking with other Scholastics. Esolen, while giving the Franciscan Father Roger Bacon (1214-1294)
proper credit, was clear that experimental science and the scientific method predated Father Bacon by centuries by
other monks and friars.
Esolen exposed the European Renaissance for what it was and what it was not. Esolen did not condemn the
Renaissance per se, but he was also clear that Renaissance political developments were at times dangerous to the
Catholic Church and those who little or no political power or wealth. Esolen explained that the drive for
centralization of political power among Renaissance crowned heads often threatened the buffer the Catholic Church
authorities provided for the powerless and those who were victimized by such political concentrations. On the other
hand, Esolen wrote vivid descriptions of Renaissance literature and political philosophy. His treatment of Dante's
(1265-1321) THE DIVINE COMEDY is simply brilliant.
Esolen's study of early Modern European History and the "Enlightenment" is thought provoking. He explained that
the Age of Scholasticism was the actual Age of Reason as opposed to the Enlightenment. Readers may disagree,
but Esolen presents a good argument to support his thesis. Esolen showed the internal contradictions of
Enlightenment philosophers' thinking. He also showed that the Age of Enlightenment Despots was one of
continuous war especially the tragic Thirty Years War (1618-1648).
Esolen had little sympathy with 19th Century political thought and philosophy. He excoriated Marxism in this book
and showed that the actual political events under Marxist banners who lethal disasters and tragedies. He showed
that Darwin's work (1809-1882) was corrupted by those who favored eugenics and racist power. Yet, while Esolen
was critical of Nietzsche (1844-1900), Esolen stated that Nietzsche was at least "an honest atheist."
Esolen undermined the politically correct nonsense that has had a free ride until recently. The insane effort to drive
the Great Books and ideas from higher (hire?) education has finally met resistance, and this book is a good
antidote. There are some criticisms of this book. At times Esolen preached too much. He oversimplified his
explanation of recent history. This reviewer thinks Esolen could have enhanced this book with discussions of
Classical Music beginning with Gregorian chant. The Classical Music of Western Europe is a major contribution.
However, these criticisms are overcome by Esolen's well written explanations of the literature and philosophy of
Europe. The book is clearly written and informative. Readers would also benefit from reading Prof. Thomas Woods'
HOW THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BUILT WESTERN CIVILIZATION and Father Duffy's well written book titled QUEEN OF
THE SCIENCES. This book was recently published in 2008 and is part of the Politically Incorrect Series of Regnery
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO THE CIVIL WAR
Author: H.W. Crocker III
Afterword By: Jefferson Davis
You think you know about the Civil War, but did you know:
That secession was legal
That the Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave
That the South had the moral high ground in the war (and the editorial support of the
Vatican’s own newspaper)
That Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis expected slavery to fade away naturally
That if the South had won, we might be able to enjoy holidays in the sunny state of Cuba
It's good to see more and more of the facts of what happened be brought to light in recent books. There is
nothing more obtuse then the Lost Cause Mythology and the New England Yankee propaganda that the
war was over slavery. Slavery was a sub issue and a tipping point, but it was a federal government gone
astray from the visions of the Founding Fathers that was the chief reason the South wanted to leave the
Union; primarily federal government usurping the sovereignty of the states. Other points of contention
were Tariffs designed to skim from Southern business profits, Mr. Lincoln's political objectives, and the
constant Yankee media rhetoric aimed to insult the South. The Southern elite had enough, and made the
decision to legally and constitutionally secede from a club they no longer wanted to be part of.
It is also a good thing it will become more difficult for the indoctrinated to assert the simplistic explanation
that "the Civil War was over slavery" as insurmountable evidence to the contrary becomes available to the
public. It will also become more widely known that President Lincoln was no champion of slaves going
free. He was advancing the agenda of wealthy industrialists in New England who were jealous of the
southern competition. Neither he nor these New Englanders cared one bit about the welfare of the Negro.
Lincoln was even (for while) pushing for deportation of the slave population. Another fact is the War of
Rebellion was not a "civil war" at all. The South did not try to seize control of the federal government;
they wanted to break from it, and establish their own government.
In many ways the Union victory was a defeat for all American’s, it took away many degrees of liberty by
crushing the right of the state, and paved the way for an excessive central government to dictate. The
Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War tells precisely why this is true.
This book should be used in every history class in the United States. Given time, the concept of the "civil
war" being over slavery shall become the clear myth that it really is.
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO ISLAM (AND THE CRUSADES)
Author: Robert Spencer
You think you know about Islam. But did you know:
Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states
American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine and history
Today’s jihad terrorists have the same motives and goals as the Muslims who fought the
The Crusades were defensive conflicts
Muslim persecution of Christians has continued for 13 centuries - and still goes on
After reading some of the reviews below I am prone to wonder how many of the frothy critics of this book
actually read it. Even from the far left (the ever stalwart supporters of all those who hate America) I hear
the droning mantra bewailing the supposed characterization of Islam by the extreme acts of an anomalous
few. But Spencer does not make such a characterization. Most of this book does not examine the actions
of extremists but instead the tenets of Islam itself. His conclusions are well reasoned and documented;
and horrifying! If you have ever wondered why the millions of "peace-loving" Muslims have not
condemned en mass the Jihadists who spew hatred and spill the blood of innocent people all over the
world, then get this book and find out. Spencer concludes that violence is a natural outgrowth of the
intolerance taught by Islam. Of course, many of us were taught the myth of Muslim tolerance, yet the
Quran famously commands any faithful Muslim to "Slay the Unbelievers wherever ye find them. Seize
them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them? (Quran 9:5) It is a verse that is not lifted out of context
or a rare anomaly or mitigated by the larger body of teaching (as the nonviolent verses of the New
Testament clearly abrogate the descriptions of violence contained in the Old Testament) but, is in fact,
only one of many such incitements to violence. Spencer believes that such violent leanings are endemic to
Islam and explain the complicity of silence we see from the Muslim world when innocents are murdered by
Spencer also deals fairly with the perennially festering topic of the Crusades. It is bizarre and questionable
that any present day political ideology should be driven by events that took place a thousand years ago.
What's more, I wonder why so many Westerners collapse into a guilt coma at the mere mention of the
Crusades without asking some important questions. How did the ancient birth place of Christianity, the
stomping grounds of the Apostle Paul, St. Augustine, and the incubator that produced the creed most
Christians repeat on Sunday mornings become Muslim in the first place? It was the result of Muhammad's
war of conquests which lasted almost a thousand years that swallowed the birthplace of Christianity and
then stomped out the light that once burned so brightly there. The Crusades were a belated, misguided,
and often ignoble response to hundreds of years of Islamic "crusades." That march of brutal Islamic
imperialism and colonization in the name of Allah ended at the gates of Vienna on a date that should
mean something to the world: September 11, 1683. To be a good Muslim is to long for the renewal of that
conquest of Europe and the West.
Spencer explains many of the draconian and intolerant beliefs of Islam without the incoherent contortions
that Islamic apologists give to such issues as the sickening mistreatment of women and girls or the Nazi-
like (complete with yellow patches on the clothing) Dhimmi status (a form of slavery) required of
Christians and Jews in Muslim lands. Some treatment is also given to Muhammad, who, had he lived today
in any western nation would be considered a pedophile due to the fact that his eleventh (and favorite) wife
was 6 years old when they married and 9 when the marriage was consummated (the loving husband was
52.) That's really not very much like the historical Jesus, which is one of many examples where the moral
equivalency between Christianity and Islam touted by the left crumbles in the light of inconvenient facts.
Spencer is required reading for people seeking the truth about Islam and the emerging conflict which will
likely define the 21st century.
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO SCIENCE
Author: Tom Bethell
Science myths busted:
America is destroying the environment and causing global warming
Darwinian evolution is supported by overwhelming evidence
Most Christians used to think the earth was flat
Religion is the enemy of science
Human cloning and embryonic stem cell research hold the key to our future health and
More and more of the junk "science" is being exposed. Let me say that, regardless of whether or not you agree
with the author's myriad conclusions (or implications) throughout the book, that the book does one thing
of utmost importance: it exposes the bias against alternative theories. The only people that win when
those biases are in place are politicians and the so-called scientists receiving their handouts.
Bethell discusses many topics throughout this book and will probably challenge what you've been told all
your life about:
1. The dangers of DDT (we're probably killing well over a million people a year by NOT using it!)
2. The benefits of stem cell research (probably every cent spent on it has been wasted)
3. The African AIDS pandemic (hmmm . . . has someone been playing with the statistics to get more
4. The hazards of low-level radiation (many studies indicate low levels may often be beneficial to the body
and result in LOWER cancer and disease rates!)
And many other "scientific" topics.
In my opinion, the "big story" in the book is not that much of what we have learned may be untrue, but
rather that the "establishment" refuses to listen to any viewpoint that contradicts what they (think they)
I challenge everyone to read this book and then check out the author's sources. I myself don't know if I
agree with all he wrote, but since reading his book I have taken the opportunity to read other sources and
check out what he has to say.
Unfortunately, even by looking at this book's reviews I can tell there are many who'd rather badmouth the
author or his work rather than address facts with facts.
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE NEW DEAL
Author: Robert P. Murphy, Ph.D.
You Think You Know The Depression And The New Deal. But Did You Know:
How FDR Made The Depression "Great"
Why The New Deal Was The Worst Possible "Solution" To The Depression
Why World War II Didn't Help The Economy - Or Get Us Out Of The Great Depression
How The Federal Government Fueled The Speculative Investment Boom That Led To The
Crash Of '29
Why The Obama Administration Is Making The Same Mistakes That Herbert Hoover And
Robert P. Murphy's new book makes the reader question one's own education about the U.S. Surely Social
Security, abandoning the gold standard, the FDIC, are all good things! And didn't the New Deal get us out of our
worst economic mess in history? Weren't we all taught that in school, indeed, perhaps by our own parents? Much
like his previous work (PIG - Capitalism), Murphy's new book takes dead aim at many of the myths and outright
falsehoods of that time. And he instructs us in an easy, straight-forward style. He reminds us (perhaps we never
knew) of the outrages of the New Deal: the thug-like tactics of the National Recovery Administration, bank
"holidays", government destruction of food, and so on. And Murphy's likening of Hoover/Roosevelt to Bush/Obama
But alas, nothing is perfect. Murphy's book is troubling in two respects: 1. the reader wants/needs more - I literally
could not put the book down... I wanted to keep going - his style makes for such easy and interesting reading! 2.
his analysis of the current US state of affairs vis a vis 70-80 years ago is downright scary! He certainly does not
exude confidence in our current "leaders."
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO DARWINISM AND INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Author: Jonathan Wells, Ph.D.
You Think You Know About Darwinism and Intelligent Design. But Did You Know:
The Famous "Ape To Man" Species Chart Is Based On Guesswork, Not Evidence
Intelligent Design Is Based On Scientific Evidence, Not Religious Belief
What many Public Schools Teach About Darwinism Is Based On Known Falsehoods
Scientists At Major Universities See Good Evidence For Intelligent Design
Scientists Who Question Darwinism Are Punished – By Public Institutions Using Your Tax
Recently (August 22, 2006) a short letter of mine was published in The New York Times. The letter criticized a
boilerplate, straw man attack on intelligent design written by a crusading Darwinist--an all too common occurrence,
sadly. I received two letters castigating my audacity in criticizing Darwin.
One letter claimed that no amount of empirical evidence could support design because design is not a physical
property. Exactly. This confirmed my letter's comment that opposition to ID is based on methodological naturalism:
no intelligent causes are allowed in the game. Why is this? It is because this is how they--the Darwinian
priesthood--set up the rules (dogma). In other words, the question is begged. That is a fallacy.
Another letter accused ID proponents of Lysenkoism; that is, they would get their way by strong arm tactics, as did
the Soviet state which shut down dissent to his ideas in the old USSR. I wrote back saying that the Darwinists are
the real Lysenkoists, since they constantly censor ID from being presented in public institutions and attack ID
proponents personally. (Wells gives plentiful evidence for that.) Moreover, ID people have never advocated
banning the teaching of Darwinism. They only want to allow it to be challenged with scientific evidence to the
contrary. (Wells also demonstrates that Lysenko, common opinion to the contrary, did not oppose Darwinism, but
rather Mendelian genetics.)
These letters highlight just some of the wrongheaded responses of Darwinists against ID. Wells addresses all the
rest, such as:
1. ID is religious, not scientific.
2. ID is the same as creationism.
3. ID makes no scientific predictions and is not testable.
4. ID proponents want to restrict the teaching of Darwinism.
5. No ID arguments have been published in peer review literature.
But Wells also presents the positive case for ID with clarity, logic, and ample documentation. He thoroughly and
engagingly explains some of the more rarified ID concepts, such as specified complexity, with aplomb but never
glibly. (Don't let the title of this book deceive you; it is never flippant lacking in appropriate argumentation.) Wells
also repeatedly skewers Darwinian fallacies. My favorite fallacy is the claim that ID is not testable, but that all the
evidence is against it. If it is not testable, then no evidence could be marshaled for it or against it.
Wells covers the whole spectrum of issues related to Darwinism and ID: scientific, philosophical, cultural, and
political. His concluding chapter predicts the eventual ascendance of ID over Darwinism, given the strength of its
evidence and the unimpressive strategies of its antagonists.
This book is ideal for the neophyte who wants to get to the bottom of the debate. However, the more seasoned
reader (such as me) will also benefit from some new ideas she might have missed in her other reading as well as
from the sheer pleasure of reading such a well-crafted and timely presentation.
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS
Author: Brion McClanahan, Ph.D.
You Think You Know About The Founding Fathers, But Did You Know:
The Founders Were Right-Wingers By Today's Standards - For Gun Rights, Limited
Government, And Religion In Public Life
The Founders Waged A "War Of Independence", Not A Revolution
Is America A Democracy? The Founders Regarded The Very Idea of Democratic
Government With Scorn
"A Nation of Immigrants"? Most Of The Founders Were Third - or Fourth - Generation
Americans, Not Recent Arrivals
The Founders Believed In States Rights, Including The Right To Secede From The Union
Brion McClanahan has written a gem of a book with The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers. Here
we get a sense of what the founding generation was really like and what they really believed and did, not the
sensational, trivial and silly portrayals that we so often get from non-academic sources such as the History Channel
and PBS. As for the academics who write on the Founders, far too many come to their subject with veiled, and
some not so thinly veiled, agendas that it is difficult to know who exactly these men were. The great virtue of
McClanahan's guide is that it is rooted in that which all good and true history is grounded, the primary sources. As
McClanahan himself asserts, if you want to know what the Founders really thought, then simply read what they
wrote. When you do, as McClanahan has done, you truly do find a generation of brilliant men who believed in
liberty and were willing to fight to secure it.
The book is divided into two parts with the first touching on several contemporary myths about the Founders. Here
you will find excellent dismissals of the myths surrounding the Founding generation's supposed egalitarianism and
support for democracy. McClanahan demonstrates what any honest and knowledgeable historian of the period
knows; the Founders did not believe in equality as it is presently conceived and they certainly were not unreserved
advocates for democratic government. In doing this McClanahan reminds us that the Founders created a Federal
Republic, not a mass, egalitarian democracy, and an appreciation of the differences between these forms of
government is an essential starting point to understanding the history of the early American Republic.
Other myths exposed include Benjamin Franklin's legendary brood of illegitimate children, Alexander Hamilton's
homosexuality and George Washington's alleged affair with Sally Fairfax, his neighbor's wife. And, of course, what
expose' of founding myths would be complete without a discussion of Thomas Jefferson's supposed affair with one
of his slaves, Sally Hemings, the evidence for which is circumstantial and inconclusive although it is often asserted
as fact these days.
McClanahan also does an excellent job of demonstrating just how conservative the American Revolution actually
was in that American Patriots were not asserting radical new doctrines inspired by Enlightenment philosophers but
principles grounded in the traditions of English liberty and American colonial experience. This was the key feature
of the American Revolution and why it differed so remarkably from that of the French.
Also on offer are brief but thought-provoking discussions of several important contemporary issues like gun control,
the role of religion in American life, federalism, and monetary policy, all in relation to what the Founders would
have thought about these issues if they were alive today.
As good as the first part of the book is, however, the best is probably the brief biographical sketches of the
Founding Fathers themselves. The "Big Six" are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James
Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin. McClanahan delves into each man's life with an eye to expose
the modern, presentistic mythology that has encased these men in the popular imagination, and we find that while
the names are familiar much of who these men really were has been lost or willfully forgotten. McClanahan
uncovers them for everyone to see.
In addition to the "Big Six," McClanahan rediscovers 14 "forgotten founders" that every American should know
about. These include names such as Elbridge Gerry, from whom we get the term "gerrymander," the great partisan
warrior Francis Marion, inspiration of Mel Gibson's The Patriot and John Taylor of Caroline. We are also treated to
very iconoclastic and revealing reappraisal of John Marshall as both a member of the Founding generation and
early American jurist.
In all, this is an outstanding introduction to the Founders, one that is an antidote to the indoctrination so many
Americans receive in school and the popular media when the topic is the beginnings of the United States. It is
highly recommended and makes for the perfect gift for yourself or someone with a yearning to know more about
the Founding Fathers.
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO CAPITALISM
Author: Robert P. Murphy, Ph.D.
You Thought You Knew About Dollars And Cents. But Did You Know:
Capitalism Defeats Racism, Improves The Environment, And Is Essential To A Free
Cheap Imports Don't Destroy Jobs
The "Robber Barron’s" Actually Helped The Poor (More Than The Government Has Ever
The 1980's Weren't A Decade Of Greed
Athletes Deserve Their High Salaries
Capitalism Didn't Cause The Great Depression - And The New Deal Didn't Cure It
By sending your child to almost any school, but especially to a government school, your child will be deeply
indoctrinated into an instinctive trust of socialist economics. In issue after issue, your child will learn that the
reasonable solution to almost any human problem lies in petitioning the right, wise and altruistic politicians to
expand and empower altruistic, omniscient, and omnipotent government bureaucracies with ever increasing
command and control of otherwise wrong-headed, evil free people to "solve the problem" for the "benefit of all".
Chances are that your knowledge of the "old economic rationales" that formed the basis of our country (and in my
opinion, the engine of American wealth) is sketchy at best. You trust that the union government bureaucrats who
man the schools will give a fair and even-handed presentation of the eternal battle between economic freedom and
economic coercion. Chances are that you believe the current uneasy "middle ground" of market Marxism is the best
of all worlds. You're like most people -- you can't articulate economic freedom positions, explain why some people
believe freedom will produce the "best for all" outcomes, or explain why some people believe freedom is the most
Even those parents who have taken economics have had only a cursory micro class and then been assured by a
socialistic economics department that such rules do not apply for governments, or for when need and caring is
great. Few are the parents who can talk comfortably about the different schools of economic thought and present
fairly the various arguments.
I have long looked for a single book that would help the average parent provide at least one brief glimpse into the
"other side" of the argument, or for a book that would explain to kids directly why our country was founded on
economic freedom and what we might give up as we slide towards economic dictatorship.
This book is the best single overview of free market economics and the morality of economic freedom. Ironically, if
I were dictator, every child would have to study this book and understand the underlying arguments it presents. To
provide any balance to the incessant anti-freedom, anti-market propaganda from media, government, and schools,
this is the best book I've found. I plan to use it with Vivian in a year or three.
However, I think it is particularly good for parents who may not be able to articulate the two sides of the
discussion. Given that your child will be learning about these issues as we decide our country's future by debating
these issues today, and that our decisions today will determine her future much more so than anything that she
will ever do on her own, being literate in the subject can help a conscious parent offer the other side -- even if just
to provide a stronger straw man to teach your child how to vilify any wrong-headed arguers for freedom.
The book has very short chapters explaining the essentials of why freedom to create, to sell, and to buy makes
sense for everyone, and how central planning bureaucracies can never achieve what free people acting freely can
achieve. It will help your child glimmer solutions for "unsolvable" problems that will repeatedly perplex the
government-only educated adults around them:
- Why medicine regulation to protect people kills many more people than it helps
- Why "raising wages" through government dictates reduces overall worker salaries, the number of jobs available,
minority opportunity, and overall societal wealth
- How governments cause "racism" and markets produce equality
- Why government production of fiat money is a dangerous, unnecessary confidence game
- Why stimulus packages make depressions worse, not better
- Why government monopolies are more to be feared than transient business monopolies
- Why markets produce safer products than government regulation can
- How environmental problems are produced by governments, and the solution is best found in private ownership
Interestingly, it doesn't discuss the one area that after schooling parents would understand best...
- Why coercive, monopoly provisioning of education undermines children's education.
You can help your child to at least become a bit more educated in the one area where the government monopolists
want your child to be the least educated. Understand the perspectives in this book and present some them to your
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO GLOBAL WARMING AND ENVIRONMENTALISM
Author: Christopher C. Horner
Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
You've Heard Plenty About "Global Warming." But Did You Know:
The Earth Has Often Been Hotter Than It Is Now
Only A Tiny Portion Of Green-House Gasses are Man-Made
Most Of Antarctica is Getting Colder
The Media Only Recently Abandoned The "Global Cooling" Scare
"Global Warming" Hasn't Made Hurricanes Worse
Honestly, how you can blame Horner? People who question the science behind global warming are regularly labeled
"deniers" a la the Holocaust deniers. The moniker has been used frequently enough that were there any prior
misgivings about the veracity of Godwin's Law, surely that doubt has now dissipated. Further, journalists like Scott
Pelley state that "striving for balance becomes irresponsible." In such extreme circumstances as these, extreme
measures like Horner's rhetoric are perhaps necessary in order to secure a hearing.
The book divides into four parts. Horner deals first with the authoritarian nature of the global warming movement
and the main players who seem to want to centrally plan our lives. Former French President Jacques Chirac, for
example, once referred to Kyoto as "the first component of authentic global governance."
In the second part of the book, Horner deals with the "lies" of global warming such as the infamous Hockey Stick
graph, the alleged consensus of scholars on the science, etc. Horner then addresses the media, big businesses, and
Al Gore, all of whom he affectionately calls the "false prophets" of global warming. The book ends with a look at the
cost of global warming policy in terms of money and personal liberty.
Despite the heavy rhetoric, The P.I.G. to Global Warming and Environmentalism is a well-documented contribution
to the climate change debate. It is extremely well written and Horner's abilities as a trained lawyer surely don't
hurt as he presents the data.
Some of the key points to take away from the book are the political aspects to global warming and the need to
account for measurement artifacts. Without going into a lot of detail on the latter point, there are several areas
where the evidence for global warming may simply be a function of the way things are measured.
In a word, global warming is about a scientific-government complex that exists in the world.
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION
Author: Kevin R. C. Gutzman, J.D., Ph.D.
Separation Of Church And State Is Not In The Constitution (Some Ratifying States Had
Thomas Jefferson Went To War Against "Activist" Judges
Modern "Constitutional Law" Has Almost Nothing To Do With The Constitution
The Supreme Court Ruled In Favor of Slavery - And Got Other "Landmark" decisions (Like
Roe v Wade) Self-Evidently Wrong
Finally someone has written a book which strikes at the core of the illegitimate (unconstitutional) present form of
government in the United States. Many attempts to write a book like this have failed. (Though William Watkin's
"Reclaiming the American Revolution" would be a good follow up after reading Dr. Gutzman's book as an
introduction). Books written by such authors as Andrew Napolitano advocate using federal judicial power to serve
"conservative" ends; such as the national "liberty of contract" doctrine the federal courts conjured during the late
19th and early 20th centuries. "Liberty of contract" was complete nonsense from a constitutional standpoint (as Dr.
Gutzman makes clear). Napolitano would like to see "substantive due process" (based on the 14th amendment--
"ratified" at gunpoint) used for policy purposes he prefers. In this regard, Napolitano's policy based judicial
philosophy is akin to the kind of philosophy which Gutzman shows to have destroyed our federal system of
government. To my knowledge this is the first book which clearly rips apart the US Supreme Court's "incorporation
doctrine," which turned a shield erected by the states against their agent, the "federal" government, into a weapon
the federal courts use against the states, the people, and local self-government.
Two key things Dr. Gutzman left out of his "incorporation doctrine" discussion are (i) the preamble to the bill of
rights, (ii) a discussion of the 9th amendment, and (iii) the lost history of the 9th amendment.
(i) According to the preamble to the federal bill of rights, "THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the
time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its
powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public
confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution." So essentially, the bill of
rights was put in place "to prevent misconstruction or abuse" of federal power. Though Dr. Gutzman doesn't
specifically mention the preamble, he does a masterful job of explaining that the bill of rights is only supposed to
protect individual liberties from interference by the federal government by making clear that Congress can only
pass laws pursuant to its enumerated delegation of legislative power spelled out in Article I Section VIII. The states
wanted to reserve power, not to grant additional power to the fed. As Dr. Gutzman also shows, the 14th
Amendment, despite not being ratified pursuant to Article V, did nothing to change the plain meaning of the bill of
(ii) Dr. Gutzman focuses plenty on the 10th amendment, which Jefferson considered the "cornerstone" of the
Constitution, but he seems to neglect the 9th amendment. The 9th basically says that just because certain rights
have been listed in the first 8 amendments does not mean that other rights are not also protected from federal
interference. To illustrate, the 2nd amendment was put in place because of what happened yesterday (June 13,
2007- the US House passed a law placing new restrictions on gun owners). This gun law is not "necessary and
proper to carry into execution" any of the enumerated powers delegated to Congress. The 2nd amendment, in
Lehman’s terms, says, Congress, you don't have authority to pass restrictions on the right of the people to keep
and bear arms. Just so that you (Congress) don't get any crazy ideas, you're explicitly barred from passing this law
by the 2nd amendment. The 9th amendment would protect the right to bear arms from federal interference if the
2nd amendment didn't exist. The 9th and 10th amendments were really meant to work together to make it clear
that Congress is strictly restricted to its enumerated powers. If Congress wanted more legislative power, Congress
would have to ask for the power and the states would have to delegate that power (pursuant to Article V).
(iii) In brief, 12 amendments were sent out to the states in 1791, but only 10 were ratified. The 9th Amendment
was originally called "Article the eleventh" since it was #11 in the list of 12. There was extensive early case law on
the 9th amendment, but it was still referred to as "article the eleventh" in those days. When Gutzman discusses
the destructive effect of court decisions from the 1960s, the Supreme Court couldn't find case law on the 9th
amendment. Believing that there was a clean slate on 9th amendment law, the Supreme Court felt that it could
create law. This sad accident of legal history isn't mentioned in Gutzman's book, but it has been studied
extensively by Kurt Lash.
From the fraudulent reassurances which the so-called "Federalists" perpetrated on the state ratification
conventions, to John Marshall's destructive nationalist agenda, to the War for Southern Independence, to the
consolidation of all power in Washington DC during the 1930s via the destruction of the commerce clause, through
the court's arbitrary decisions of the 1960s--- Dr. Gutzman puts together the most objective and historically
accurate introduction available for those interested in learning why things in Washington don't seem to make
After reading this excellent book, you might find yourself filled with a desire to see the Supreme Court building
razed to the ground. However, the only real solution to the problem of judicial (and federal) usurpation is through
the threat of secession. Jefferson warned that if the federal government was made the final judge of its own
powers that the federal government, and not the constitution, would be the supreme law of the land. Jefferson was
right. The Declaration of Independence explains how to fix things... but in the meantime a good initial step in
righting the ship (other than repealing the 16th and 17th amendments) would be to elect Dr. Ron Paul as
President. Maybe Dr. Gutzman should run as his Vice-President?
Edited By: Toby Mac & Michael Tait
Using Unforgettable Accounts of both Famous & Little-Known Americans, Under God Tells the
Stories of Men & Women of Faith Who Forged Our Nation
Author: Ayn Rand
Introduction By: Leonard Peikoff
Who is more evil? Someone who works hard to create a product that people want (be it steel, trains, cars, oil, etc),
or someone who thinks that that person is wrong for making money producing said product?
Ayn Rand’s Magnus opus answers that, and many other questions. In her bleak view of socialism, the true
producers of the country such as car manufacturers, bankers, judges, doctors, oil men, and so on are disappearing
without a word because they are called 'evil' and punished daily (over taxation, ridiculed in the press) for making a
profit despite providing services essential to the function of the society. As the best minds are lost, society begins
to crumble, and those that fight the decline of civilization question if they are doing the right thing, or should they
let it collapse.
Rand, who escaped communism in the 40's, considered it the greatest evil on earth and demonstrates what the
true effect on people is; and how important values and morals are to society. It is a must read, prophetic and
thought-provoking after over 50 years after publication.
AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED
Edited By Edward W. Younkins
A Philosophical and Literary Companion
Very few novels have stood the test of time. This year marks a venerable exception to this axiom, with the fiftieth
anniversary of the first publication of Ayn Rand's groundbreaking novel Atlas Shrugged, which has never been out
of print since its initial publication. Hugely popular among literature and philosophy buffs alike, it has meant many
different things to many people over the years. To some, it is just an entertaining story with fascinating characters
and plot twists, while to others it is the cornerstone of their business, political, economic, and life's philosophy.
One such man, Dr. Edward Younkins of Wheeling Jesuit University, has long argued the merits and deeper meaning
of Ayn Rand's ideas and Objectivist philosophy, which was laid out so completely in her culminating work, Atlas
Shrugged. While Dr. Younkins has authored other works on related ideas, he may well consider this his crowning
achievement. Few have understood this complex and artistic work with the depth and breadth of Dr. Younkins, and
he has worked with many of the world’s leading scholars, authors, philosophers, businessmen, and educators to
compile thirty six different essays on various aspects of Atlas Shrugged. Each contributor has laid out in easily
understood form a different aspect of Atlas Shrugged and its significance to the human condition.
Dr. Younkins has then organized each of these separate works into a comprehensive companion, designed to help
anyone understand the deeper truths Ayn Rand worked so hard to articulate to those who are willing to look. After
reading Dr. Younkins' companion compilation, it is clear to anyone why the works of Ayn Rand have had such
staying power and influence over the best and brightest minds of our age, from such minds as Alan Greenspan all
the way down to the casual reader just looking for a good story. Anyone wanting to expand their knowledge and
understanding of this classic work need look no further.
Author: Ayn Rand
Introduction By: The Author
This is one of the fastest paced books I have ever read. Ayn Rand's characters come to life as she paints very clear
pictures of who they are and what they represent. She does this in spite of the fact that the dialogue is sometimes
a bit wooden and stilted. In this novel, she sets forth her philosophy of "objectivism." She exposes those, such as a
character named Peter Keating, an architect, who seemingly achieve greatness by copying others but somehow
give the illusion of originality and creativity. In order to achieve "greatness," Keating was literally willing to sell
anything, including his wife. Thus despite wealth and apparent achievement, his life was empty. Rand begins to
formulate her values that altruism is an evil because a society which seeks to achieve this must do so at someone's
expense and therefore leads to collectivism. In the person of Ellsworth Toohey, a flamboyant newspaper columnist,
she shows how the power hungry manipulate the masses by setting a standard of mediocrity which fosters
This book is full of passion, including a flaming, complex romantic affair between individualist architect Howard
Roarke and socialite Dominique Francon. Their relationship develops from one in which they each seek to assert
power over the other while achieving sexual release to one of true love between genuine soul mates. Roarke also
has a passion for his work and is uncompromising in his creativity in accomplishing his professional goals. He will
not ever compromise these goals despite enormous pressures to do so. Rand believed that there is only black and
white in moral issues; there is no gray. Therefore, giving in a little is not compromise but rather, selling out your
values and giving in to evil. Roarke was not a man to sell out, he had the courage of his convictions.
While setting forth her philosophy, Rand has also given us a novel which has a well developed plot. I found the
novel to be gripping and I couldn't put it down. Following the career of Howard Roarke and the machinations of his
enemies was fascinating. The plot had enough twists to provide surprises and to hold the reader's interest. This
book is both an enjoyable novel as well as a challenging philosophical statement. I like Rand's philosophy and I
love this book.
CAPITALISM: THE UNKNOWN IDEAL
Author: Ayn Rand
With Additional Articles by Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan,
And Robert Hessen
Ayn Rand is not the only person who authored this book’s essays. The works of Nathaniel Branden and Alan
Greenspan both are worth the price. These two authors do not emphasize the "moral" aspect of capitalism but its
bare bones practicalities. And as such nobody has ever been able to shoot their arguments down, on moral grounds
In one essay, Branden dissects the criticisms of capitalism during the Industrial Revolution. He shows the
relationship between the Industrial Revolution and the Population Explosion. More to the point he shows how
Capitalism improved peoples' lives--by providing more sustenance for people to live on.
Alan Greenspan's Essay "Gold and Economic Freedom" is a masterpiece frequently quoted elsewhere, but
originates with this book. If you want to know how the Fed kept inflation down throughout Greenspan's reign as
Chairman, here's the essence of his philosophy and modus operandi in a few pages. Greenspan also in another
essay explains how corrupt monopolies cannot exist--without the help of government.
Rand herself, while sometimes going overboard on the "Morality" side, does make some very valid points in two
essays in particular: "The Roots of War", and "Man's Rights." The theme of both is "being generous with other
people's fortunes." (If I had the ability to take all of your money, I will show you just how compassionate to the
world I can be.)
In "Roots of War" Rand explains that, outside of voluntary charity there are two ways to acquire something: take
it, or swap something for it, conquest or trade. There is no other option. Government is the agent of conquest,
capitalism the agent of trade. She also shows the logical progression of each. In a conquest driven society, the pick
pocket beats the honest man, but the robber beats the pick pocket, and the murderer beats the robber. Welfare
states are not based on altruism but quite the opposite, and will eventually either collapse or look elsewhere for
plunder. In a trade society, those who offer the best value win.
In "Man's Rights" she goes over the same concepts as in the Roots of war but more on the individual's level. She
also discusses how "Rights" have gone from claims you have on your own life to claims someone else has on your
life, and its potential consequences.
Finally, "Extremism--or the Art of Smearing", is a powerful essay on how left-leaning collectivists smear their
opponents. Change the names and you've got the exact same thing occurring today, but this essay was written in
1964! It shows that the fundamental tactics of collectivists have not changed in at least 35 years.
Author: Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand (1905-1982), in this book written in 1937, expertly refutes collectivists schemes; such as, Communism
and Fascism and shows the utter peril that collectivism poses to individual freedom. One of my favorite historians,
Lord Acton, warned us in the 19th century "that socialism is slavery."
This is a short novel about a man who escapes a society from which all individuality has been squeezed. Written a
full decade before Orwell's "1984" Rand expertly shows how collectivism is destroying individuality and is being
practiced throughout the world including the "New Deal" programs in the United States. During this time in world,
history people are becoming serfs to the state as F. A. Hayek, the noted libertarian economist would put it. Rand's
philosophy is really quite simple; planning is a synonym for "collectivism" and "collectivism" is a metaphor for
Communism. Rand's literary style is easy to read and understand, I love how she uses the third person plural in
the book until the hero finds his "ego" at which time she switches over to first person singular. This is a book that
should be read by all who wonder what role the government should have in our lives.
Author: Glenn Beck
The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure
THE FIGHT TO FIX AMERICA—
BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.
In the words of Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.” Why?
Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we’ve turned our backs on the Constitution.
Yes, our country is financially broke, but that’s just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in
government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the
expense of individual rights.
There is a lot of work ahead, but we can’t move forward until we first understand how we got here. Starting with
the American Revolution, Glenn takes readers on an express train through 234 years of history, culminating with
the Great Recession and the bipartisan recklessness of Presidents Bush and Obama. It’s the history lesson we all
wished we’d had in school. (Did you know, for example, that FDR once made a key New Deal policy decision based
on his lucky number?)
Along the way, you’ll see how everything you thought you knew about the political parties is a lie, how Democrats
and Republicans alike used to fight for minimum government and maximum freedom, and how both parties have
been taken over by a cancer called “progressivism.” By the end, you’ll understand why no president, no congress
and no court can fix this problem alone. Looking toward them for answers is like looking toward the ocean for
drinking water— it looks promising, but the end result is catastrophic.
After revealing the trail of lies that brought us here, Broke exposes the truth about what we’re really facing. Most
people have seen pieces of the puzzle, but very few have ever seen the whole picture—and for very good reason:
Our leaders have done everything in their power to hide it. If Americans understood how dire things really are,
they would be demanding radical reform right now. Despite the rhetoric, that’s not the kind of change our
politicians really believe in.
Finally, Broke provides the hope that comes with knowing the truth. Once you see what we’re really up against, it’s
much easier to develop a realistic plan. To fix ourselves financially, Glenn argues, we have to fix ourselves first.
That means some serious introspection and, ultimately, a series of actions that will unite all Americans around the
concept of shared sacrifice. After all, this generation may not be asked to storm beaches, but we are being asked
to do something just as critical to preserving freedom.
Packed with great stories from history, chalkboard-style teachable moments, custom illustrations, and Glenn Beck’s
trademark combination of entertainment and enlightenment, Broke makes the case that when you’re traveling in
the wrong direction, slight course corrections won’t cut it—you need to take drastic action. Through a return to
individual rights, an uncompromising adherence to the Constitution, and a complete rethinking about the role of
government in a free society, Glenn exposes the idea of “transformation” for the progressive smokescreen that it
is, and instead builds a compelling case that restoration is the only way forward.
GLENN BECK'S COMMON SENSE
Author: Glenn Beck
The Case against an Out-Of-Control Government
Inspired By Thomas Paine
The Lefties who think they're Paine's legacy are sorely mistaken. How can anyone invoke Paine as support for
communism, socialism, fascism or 20th-century progressivism (which can righteously be lumped together like
varieties of vinegar)? Paine wasn't about building suspense; he let the reader know where he stood, early on within
a work, for example:
"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of
improvement we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry,
and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretences for revenue and
taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey, and permits none to escape without a tribute."
Does this sound like a man who supported taxation to support every whim of a federal government grown beyond
the bounds of the Constitution? A modern Progressive claiming brotherhood with Paine the progressive thinker, is
like William Ayers claiming brotherhood with George Washington, or my ancestor who was at the Battle of
Lexington, simply because they've been labeled "revolutionaries."
Add to this that I enjoyed Glenn's book. If you're conservative or libertarian, I think you will like it, too. The Lefties
are rabidly concerned that you'll swallow all the book's contents "hook, line & sinker," but they're just projecting
their weaknesses upon us, who do not share them.
THE OVERTON WINDOW
Author: Glenn Beck
A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed . . . can it be stopped?
There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It
works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable
over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.
For Noah Gardner, a twenty something public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest
thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of
his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.
But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the
America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and
fight for the future—but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his
considerable skills to their cause.
And then the world changes.
An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan,
decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos,
many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact—or, more important, which side to
But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to
save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.
PAINE COLLECTED WRITINGS
Author: Thomas Paine
Common Sense, the Crisis, Rights Of Man, The Age Of Reason,
Pamphlets, Articles, & Letters
This book collects together Paine's Common Sense (which was instrumental in collecting and gathering America's
attention to the benefits of strict independence from Great Britain); his letters or series entitled "the American
Crisis," which galvanizes his previous topics; gives a brief account of his engineering work for arches bridges;
provides another span of letters on his involvement in the French Revolution, and finishes with his Age of Reason,
in which he examines and debunks the Bible. Though his reasoning and conclusions may alarm some and even
offend others, his thinking and writing is lucid and cogent, and for reflective minds will provide much food for
thought. Accused of sophistry and impudence by some of his contemporaries, his reasoning is normally sound and
simple, as he inquires into the root of things, and only seldom does he make debating points fit only for the
playground. A sensible and likable man, Paine's writing should engage any American for its historical sense, any
lover or researcher interested in human rights and the hope of removing human misery, and any person interested
in reading the entertaining but vital arguments of a man whose love of liberty and order forced him late in life to
become one of America's most influential revolutionary and socially-minded voices.
Author: George Washington
George Washington is far more revered than known; but, as this splendid book proves, when you come to know
him you feel even more admiration for him. This installment in the indispensable LIBRARY OF AMERICA series
gathers hundreds of Washington's letters, as well as his more formal public statements as Virginia legislator and
revolutionary leader, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, advocate of federal constitutional reform, and
First President of the United States. The formal public statements display the heavy style that Washington fell into
when consciously speaking to posterity. It is in his letters that Washington's vigorous mind, strong emotions, and
sound judgment emerge most clearly -- and that portray his humanity and his nobility most clearly and accessibly.
Readers of this volume would be well-advised to read John Rhodehamel's superb chronology (appearing at the
back of the book) first, and then turning to the text. If they do this, they will have! a sound chronological and
historical basis for setting Washington's writings, public and private, in context and for seeing the critical founding
decades of the American republic as he saw and experienced them.
-- Richard B. Bernstein, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School; Daniel M. Lyons Visiting Professor in
American History, Brooklyn College/CUNY; Book Review Editor for Constitutional Books, H-LAW; and Senior
Research Fellow, Council on Citizenship Education, Russell Sage College
THE REAL GEORGE WASHINGTON
Prepared By: Jay A. Parry, Andrew M. Allison, and W. Cleon Skousen
The True Story of America’s Most Indispensible Man
Everyone should read this. After reading the book you wonder how we ever managed to win the war and start our
new nation. This is not taught in schools. It should be. I always thought God played a major part in the forming of
our country. After reading this I know it is true.
Read this book and read everything you can about our history. We are losing our country and we need to educate
ourselves before it's too late.
THE FIVE THOUSAND YEAR LEAP: REVISED 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Author: W. Cleon Skousen
Foreword By: Glenn Beck
28 Ideas That Changed the World
This is the ONLY edition authorized and commissioned by the W. Cleon Skousen Family. Also, no other
edition except this one includes the revisions made by the author during the 25 years after the original printing.
NEW in 2009! THE 5000 YEAR LEAP 30 Year Anniversary Edition with Glenn Beck s Foreword! NOW also
includes Common Sense by Thomas Paine No other edition offers the revisions and updates of this remarkable
book detailing how the Founding Fathers used 28 principles to create a 5000 year leap in freedom, prosperity, and
progress; all based upon morality, faith, and ethics. THIS BONUS EDITION INCLUDES: Common Sense by
Thomas Paine, 101 Constitutional Questions to Ask Candidates, The US Constitution, The Declaration of
Independence, and Two landmark addresses by author Dr. W. Cleon Skousen never before offered in print.
Revised 30 Year Anniversary Edition. During the last 26 years of Dr. Skousen's life he continued his extensive
study of the constitution and founding values. He kept his original copy of The Five Thousand Year Leap with him
and would write notes in the margins and on envelops and note cards of the refinements and updates he wished to
add to the book. This new 30 Year Anniversary Edition includes those refinements and updates. Our gratitude goes
out to the Skousen family for supplying us with this information to enable us to bring you this new edition. The
5000 Year Leap will take you by the hand as you discover the ideals of the Founding Fathers and their 28
principles for success. The values explored in detail by Dr. Skousen range from the Founder's prerequisite that
the Constitution was designed for a moral people, to a government empowered by the people with checks and
balances, along with an understanding of the critical nature of fiscal responsibility and family values. This book
sums up the secrets to what James Madison called a miracle.
THE MAKING OF AMERICA
Author: W. Cleon Skousen
The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution, Including a Clause by Clause Explanation by the
I love this book. It taught me about the Constitution and its simple, exalted ideas. If you read this book you will
understand America's "charter of freedom" better than you would from taking a college course in political science.
(At least, that's what happened to me.)
I wouldn't say The Making of America is "bipartisan." It fully lauds the Constitution as having a "success formula"
for prosperity and freedom that is unique and superior to any other political system in the world. If you want a
book that regards America's Constitution as neither better nor worse than other government systems, then this is
not the book for you.
The Making of America is well organized. Here is a synopsis of the contents: It begins with interesting biographical
information on “the man who discovered America's Freedom Formula" - Thomas Jefferson. The next chapter
explores various governments - real governments that existed, such as what the Anglo-Saxons, Israelites, and
French (during the times of Napoleon) had, contrasting their advantages and weaknesses. All of these were
assessed by the Founders (especially Jefferson), so the author is showing what influenced the Founders' thinking
about governments. It's amazing. The third chapter describes some of the Revolutionary War battles, and the
Colonial leaders, and how the existing government - the Articles of Confederation - was severely deficient and in
need of replacement, which chapter 4 explores further. Chapter 5 is all about the Constitutional Convention at
Philadelphia, and 7 explains, very simply, the balance of powers in government and all that complex stuff about
three branches and division of powers and the Great Compromise and all that.
Chapter 8 is one of my favorite parts; it explains capitalism - not just what it is, but exactly why it works: It allows
maximum freedom for people to invent, try, sell, buy, prosper and fail. It gives real examples of what happened
when the government intervened in the economy, such as with price controls, and discusses whether big business
is bad or good. Chapter 9 recounts the ratification of the Constitution and the reaction of the states and people,
and talks about the Federalist Papers. It then examines the Preamble, its wording and principles.
Now we get to the heart of the book. From here until the conclusion, each chapter explores, in depth, every article
and section of the Constitution - almost sentence by sentence. The author chose a very interesting way to do this -
instead of boringly stating why this or that clause was included, he identifies the principle that the section allows.
So after giving a sentence straight from the Constitution, he writes: "This provision gives the American people the
RIGHT to ..." and says what it lets us do. Here's an example. On page 500, you read the text from Article I.10.1,
"No state shall grant any title of nobility." The author says, "This further secures the RIGHT of the American people
not to have [government] creating an aristocracy of privileged citizens." And then interesting history is given,
describing how before the Constitution granted this right, King George III and the House of Lords were corrupt and
arrogant and elitist because they were given special titles and considered above the common people, and so the
American Founders wanted to forbid this practice to protect the people. Every sentence almost, of the Constitution
is explained in this way. Throughout The Making of America, plenty of history is provided, in an easy-to-understand
way, to help the reader see what life was like before the Constitution; also, the entire book is replete with
quotations from the Founding Fathers - this is so that the reader knows exactly what the Founders intended,
because much of the Constitution is misinterpreted now. Also, the amendments are studied in the same format as
the Constitution, analyzing them in their historical contexts. After you read this book, you'll feel smart because
your mind will be buzzing with philosophy, history, and political science. I can't tell you how much I've learned
from this book. It has increased my understanding, and therefore, my love, for America's Founders and
Also, there is a handy subject index, a copy of the Constitution's text, brief description and pictures of each of the
Convention delegates, and a good introduction and conclusion.
My only complaint about this book is that there isn't a new edition; it seems it was written in the mid 80s. Don't
worry, though - the information isn't outdated - because it only deals with timeless principles; but still, it would be
nice if there were a newer edition; it has a rather plain cover - pale yellow with grey and red letters - and, for some
reason, the print is huge, like it's for the visually-impaired or something. But that doesn't really matter; the text
itself is fascinating.
You can use this great book as a reference tool - like if you hear some legislation is passing in the House and you
want to know if it's really Constitutional or not - or you can read it cover-to-cover, as I did; either way, get this
book, if you want to understand the Constitution and America's "freedom formula."
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later
This fine volume from the wonderful Library of America is a collection of the great Benjamin Franklin's later
writings. It is the second volume of what used to be a single huge book from the LOA. This volume begins with
Franklin's letters from his time as a diplomat in London, and then his pamphlets, political satires, and other
writings when he represented our Revolutionary Government from 1776-1785 from Paris at the doomed court of
Louis VI. His writings from the Constitutional Convention and writings from Philadelphia after his return to the
United States are also included. Probably the most popular items included will be the Preface and Maxims of the
Poor Richard's Almanac and the FOUR parts of his autobiography. Franklin is simply an amazing man.
Benjamin Franklin is one of the great icons of the American Founding. He is truly one of the essential men who
built our nation and deserves praise we can heap on him. When we see images of the founders, they are all shown
as old men, not how old they were in 1776. Franklin was really a generation older than most of the firebrands who
led the Revolution. He was seventy when he signed the Declaration of Independence (John Adams was 41, George
Washington 44, and Thomas Jefferson 33 on July 4, 1776) and eighty-one when he signed our Constitution as a
member of the delegation from Pennsylvania. He was an amazing man. He was a successful printer, inventor,
philanthropist, revolutionary, diplomat, and all around student of the world.
This book is interesting to dip into and read just those portions that interest you, as well as reading its more than
800 pages front to back. It has great notes on the text that provide contextual and translation help as well as
sources, a most interesting chronology of Franklin's long and productive life, and an index.
This certainly is a must have for your shelf on the history of America's Founding.
THE DEBATE ON THE CONSTITUTION – PART ONE
Edited By: Bernard Bailyn
Federalist and Anti-federalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters during the Struggle over
Editor Bernard Bailyn has assembled a first-rate collection of letters, circulars, pamphlets, speeches, and what
would be the colonial equivalent of modern op-ed pieces that allows today's readers to witness the founding of a
government through the eyes of (and with the voices of) those who were really there. But don't be fooled into
thinking this is going to be the stilted, polite prose that often belongs to 18th century philosophers or debaters.
Many of the pieces Bailyn has selected are remarkably spry and teeming with understated wit.
Those who think that mud-slinging, negative campaigning, and assaults on the integrity of the opponent are
modern day creations may be surprised to see that those in the 18th century could be just as nitpicky, petty, and
ascorbic as their present day descendants -- and yet still remain surprisingly gentlemanly about the whole thing.
Some letter writers absolutely seethe with irritation at their opposition, and by presenting his debaters in roughly
chronological order, Bailyn ensures that for every "Oh yeah?" uttered by a Federalist, there will soon be a
responsive "Yeah!" from the anti-Federalist side. It all makes for lively and informative reading, and one wonders if
such a critical debate could be carried out with such manners in today's media.
It should come as no surprise that most of the Hamilton-Madison-Jay Federalist Papers are in here, as are the
level-headed, persuasive anti-Federalist arguments of James Wilson and George Mason. But the real jewels in
these volumes lie in the thoughtful and frank correspondence that passed back and forth between not only the
Major Players, but also between some of the lesser-known writers, who make their cases for or against the
Constitution with genuine passion and conviction.
Bailyn wisely leaves the spin to the writers themselves, but when he does step in, Bailyn is a most helpful editor,
and the final 240 pages contain short biographies of every writer (or letter recipient) in the book, an informative
chronology of events (and Bailyn makes sure readers have a perspective for the debates in this book by starting
the chronology in 1774, some 13 years before the first words in this book were spoken), and competent notes on
the text to help readers unfamiliar with some of the players or events keep everything sorted out.
Even though we all have the luxury of knowing that Everything Came Out All Right In The End -- the Constitution
was ratified -- there is still quite a bit of drama here, particularly in the debates in the State Ratifying Conventions,
which are carried out with suitable handwringing and bluster on both sides. Appropriately, then, the final piece in
here is the dramatic speech the previously skeptical John Hancock delivered in the Massachusetts convention,
informing his colleagues he would, indeed, vote for ratification. Hancock's words are as stirring now as they were
then -- but I'll let you read them for yourself.
If you have the opportunity, purchase both Volumes I and II together. Not only will you get the complete debates
(Volume I ends in February 1788; volume II is needed to make it to August), but you'll also get one of the Library
of America's typically attractive slip-cases. It's a little more expensive, but worth it.
THE DEBATE ON THE CONSTITUTION - PART TWO
Edited By: Bernard Bailyn
Federalist and Anti-federalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters during the Struggle over
Of all the wonderful volumes the Library of America has provided to us, I value the volumes on our founding, our
founders and their writings, and the documents from the period to help us understand our history with a richer
context. These two volumes provide more than 2,000 pages of letters, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and journals
from dozens of writers who made important comments, pro and con, for the ratification of our Constitution. You
can get volume 1 here: The Debate on the Constitution : Federalist and Ant federalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle
over Ratification : Part One, September 1787-February 1788 (Library of America)
The Constitutional Convention was originally assigned to correct a few problems with the Articles of Confederation
(which are included along with the Declaration of Independence, the Letter from the Constitutional Convention to
the President of Congress, Resolutions of the Convention Concerning the Ratification and Implementation of the
Constitution, and The Constitution itself), but the Convention set about creating a new and stronger General
Government. What the nature of this should be was debated. According to Madison, some wanted to abolish the
states altogether while others wanted a severely constrained General Government. Some wanted the states to
have a Constitution check on the actions of the Federal Government.
I was not aware how profoundly much of the population hated the idea of a central government and their reasoning
for what might come of it. You know, given where we are today, we can see that their fears were well founded.
This debate, for and against the Constitution, provides us with a great deal of context for what our founders meant
by our Constitution. Much of the telling of the founding in our public schools, classes, on television, and used as
justification by our politicians has almost no basis in fact. They just ignore the realities of what was said, written,
and promised to do whatever it is they want to do.
These volumes also provide snapshot biographies of each of the writers whose works are cited in this volume, an
article examining the state Constitutions at the time our Constitution was written, and a chronology from the
beginning of our Revolutionary War through 1803. We are also given notes on the texts and a most helpful index.
I urge you to get both volumes and study them a bit each day. While it will take you a long time to get through this
large volume of material, you will probably, like me, be surprised by what was said, written, and promised. You will
have a much bigger foundation you can use to rest your ideas of what our government was supposed to be about
and why we need to make big changes in what we have today.
Don't fall for the smear of the Founders that they were old White Men in wigs and knickers who owned slaves.
These were all remarkable men, and some were clearly men of genius. And most were surprisingly young at the
time of the Revolution and the Constitutional Convention. Some owned slaves and the rest did not. Not all those
who owned slaves were for the institution and not all who did not own slaves were against it. Reality tends to be
THE FEDERALIST PAPERS
Authors: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
The new edition of THE FEDERALIST PAPERS edited by Clinton Rossiter and co. is probably the best paperback
edition. THE FEDERALIST PAPERS alone are an important source of serious political thinking. In an age of almost
unbridled political power, corruption, empire building, etc. THE FEDERALIST PAPERS are important reminder of
what a Free Republic (not an empire) should be.
THE FEDERALIST PAPERS were written by Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), John Jay (1745-1829), and James
Madison (1751-1835). Due to concerns about the New York State legislators ratifying the The U.S. Constitution,
these papers were journal pieces written to New York journals and newspapers to convince both the residents and
state legislators to ratify The U.S. Constitution. One should note there were other published articles supporting
ratification of The U.S. Constitution and other articles can be read in a text titled FRIENDS OF THE CONSTITUTION.
What is alarming about THE FEDERALISTS PAPERS is that they were written for most readers. If one were to write
such articles these days, most Americans would not read them nor comprehend them. This is a sad commentary on
Americans regarding serious political writing regarding their birthright. If THE FEDERALIST PAPERS were assigned
to high school kids, whoever would make such an assignment would be fired or worse.
THE FEDERALIST PAPERS give important explanations of the separation of powers, limits of each branch of the
central government (The Federal Government), and how political power should be used within severe limitations.
These articles were a brilliant attempt to mitigate fears that The U.S. Constitution would give far too much power
to the central or federal government.
The late Clinton Rossiter had a useful suggestion for those who did not want to read all 85 of THE FEDERALIST
PAPERS. He suggested that the best numbers were 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 23, 37, 39, 47, 49, 51, 62, 70, 78,
84, and 85. Those readers who read these numbered papers would probably want to read the remainder.
This newer paperback edition of THE FEDERALIST PAPERS has some valuable features to help the reader navigate
complex political thinking. The U.S. Constitution is placed in the end of the book with page numbers of the book
whereby the authors of THE FEDERALIST PAPERS refer to that section of the U.S. Constitution. This gives clarity as
to exactly what the authors were arguing regarding specific sections of the proposed U.S. Constitution. Another
important feature of this edition of THE FEDERALIST PAPERS consists of the notes. The men who wrote THE
FEDERALIST PAPERS were learned men who had seriously studied history and political thought. The notes explain
the examples of Ancient Greek and Roman History used to make some of the arguments. These notes also refer to
examples of Renaissance and English History which were also used to make good arguments from historical
examples. One could get first rate learning experience of Ancient Greek and Roman History as well as a better view
of European Renaissance and English History.
Readers should not forget that the authors of THE FEDERALIST PAPERS were responding to the Anti-Federalists
and their articles titled THE ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS. Too often the Anti-Federalists are referred to as
obstructionists and narrow minded men. This is simply not true. The ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS were as well
written and brilliantly argued as THE FEDERALIST PAPERS.
One should note that one of the major objections of the Anti-Federalists to ratification of The U.S. Constitution was
that it did not contain a Bill of Rights. The Federalists took this argument seriously. Basically, one could argue that
without the Anti-Federalists, there would have been no Bill of Rights. Ergo, without The Bill of Rights, there would
have been no U.S. Constitution. The Anti-Federalists were very important in the ratification of The U.S.
Anyone who wants to define who Americans should be should read THE FEDERALIST PAPERS. They should also
read THE ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS and read clear, informed, and well written political theory from men who could
actually think. Most political hacks and too many American citizens are not even vaguely aware of this important
political writing. Yet, this political writing is the very best American political thinking in U.S. History.
SAMUAL ADAMS – A LIFE
Author: Ira Stoll
SAMUEL ADAMS: A LIFE is a remarkable story about a remarkable man. Patriot, founder, revolutionary, politician
and statesman, Samuel Adams was a light that burned very brightly during the tumultuous, dangerous, heady days
during the birth of America.
Time and time again revolutionary zeal faded to timidity and fear. Patriots' courage failed. Plans went desperately
awry. And time and time again Samuel Adams and his close band of freedom fighters rallied themselves and others
to the cause of liberty. Tirelessly they labored, far from friends and family, to bring to fruition the fruit of their
rebellion: a unified country.
As a man of faith, Adams saw God's providential hand in the birth of a free nation; out from under the tyrannical
rule of English kings and potentates. Whether the focus of his pen and fervor was the practice of religion (for
Protestants, anyway), the oppression of British troops, or taxes, Adams' goal was always the same: freedom.
Freedom: the potent, liberating drink of free men and women to live their lives without interference from anything
but their own conscience. Liberty: high and noble ideals of government by consent of the governed. Was such a
thing possible? At what cost?
To these noble virtues cast Adams, Jefferson, Hancock and others their names, sacred honor, and earthly fortunes.
The fires of rebellion burned brightly and none more brightly than the heart, mind, and mouth of Samuel Adams.
To this day, his contributions to the Massachusetts Constitution, US Constitution, and underpinnings of the
Declaration of Independence live on. No Founding Father contributed more or at a greater price than Adams.
WIVES OF THE SIGNERS
Forward By: David Barton
The women Behind the Declaration of Independence
This is a collection of letters & reports on the women behind the founding fathers. It gives a unique & tender
perspective on what was going on "at home" while the Declaration of Independence was being written. I get a
better understanding of what life was like in that time period, of the sacrifices these families made and of the
fortitude it took to grow a nation. Fascinating!
THE WIND FARM SCAM: AN ECOLOGIST’S EVALUATION
Author: John Etherington
Forward By: Christopher Booker
Wind Power is a Swindle…Please Read this Book and Find Out Why – David Bellamy
Good for John Etherington who, in this work, marshals relentless evidentiary support for his thesis that wind
energy is a scam.
Indeed, industrial wind technology is a meretricious commodity, attractive in a superficial way but without real
value--seemingly plausible, even significant but actually false and nugatory. Those who would profit from it either
economically or ideologically are engaged in wholesale deception. For in contrast to their alluring but empty
promises of closed coal plants and reduced carbon emissions are this reality: Wind energy is impotent while its
environmental footprint is massive and malignant.
A wind project with a rated capacity of 100MW, for example, with 40 skyscraper-sized turbines, would likely
produce an annual average of only 27MW, an imperceptible fraction of energy for most grid systems. More than
60% of the time, it would produce less than 27MW and, at peak times, often produce nothing. It would rarely
achieve its rated capacity, producing most at times of least demand. Whatever it generated would be continuously
skittering, intensifying, magnifying the destabilizing effects of demand fluctuations, for wind volatility is virtually
indistinguishable from the phenomenon of people whimsically turning their appliances off and on.
Moreover, the project could never produce capacity value--specified amounts of energy on demand, something that
should be anathema to regulatory agencies, with their task of ensuring reliable, secure, affordable electricity. The
ability of machines to perform as expected on demand is the basis of modernity, underlying contemporary systems
of economic growth, wealth creation and well-being. Machinery that doesn't do this is quickly discarded, although
this wasn't the case for much of history (look at the early days of television or radio or even the automobile). Only
in the last hundred years or so have has the West come to rely on machines with this standard. Capacity value
allows society to go from pillar to post in accordance with its own schedule. Wind provides no capacity value and
can pass no test for reliability; one can never be sure how much energy it will produce for any future time. And
generating units that don't provide capacity value cannot be reasonably--and favorably--compared with those that
Adding wind instability to a grid may be an engineer's idea of job security. But for rate and taxpayers, and a better
environment, it's criminal. For the grid is then forced to extend itself. As the wind bounces randomly around the
system, operators must continuously balance it to match supply precisely with demand, compensating for the ebb
and flow much in the way flippers keep the steel ball in play during a game of pinball. Windmills expend a lot of
energy. In real life on the most grids, more than 70% of any wind project's rated capacity must come from the
flippers of reliable, flexible, fossil-fired generation, constantly turned up and back inefficiently to compensate for
wind fluctuations. These inefficiencies will result in substantial carbon emissions. And increased consumer costs, as
is the case anywhere wind is prevalent, such as in Denmark, Germany, Spain, California.
Yes, engineers can make-work by adding wind flux to the system. They can lead a horse to water; but they can't
make it change its spots.... By its nature, wind will require lots of whips and whistles, even at small levels of
penetration, in ways that will negate the very reason for its being. This is why people quickly switched to steam
200 years ago. Retrofitting modern technology to meet the needs of ancient wind flutter is monumentally back ass
wards, a sure sign that pundits and politicians, not scientists, are now in charge. It would take more than a smart
grid to incorporate such a dumb idea successfully.
Because of wind's unpredictable variability, it can never replace the capacity of conventional generation. Twenty-
five hundred 450-foot wind turbines, spread over five hundred miles, can mathematically offset a large coal or
nuclear plant; but they cannot do so functionally--for what must happen when 5000MW of volatile wind is only
producing 100MW at peak demand times, a common occurrence?
This business is absurd. The whole point of modern power systems has been to move beyond the flickering flutter
of variable energy sources. Prostituting modern power performance to enable subprime energy schemes on behalf
of half-baked technology is immoral, and highly regressive tax avoidance "incentives" make it appear that pigs can
fly. No coal plants will be shuttered and little, if any, carbon emissions will be reduced as a result of this project--or
thousands of them.
Indeed, wind technology mirrors the subprime mortgage scams that wreaked havoc with the American economy.
Both are enabled by wishful thinking; bogus projections; no accounting restraints, accountability, or transparency;
no meaningful securitization; and regulatory agencies that looked the other way, allowing a few to make a great
deal of money at everyone else's expense while providing no meaningful service.
Industrial wind projects will clear cut hundreds of acres, if placed on forested ridges. Even small 100MW wind
facilities would hover for miles over sensitive terrain, threatening vulnerable species while mocking endangered
species protections--and scenic highways strictures. They will cause unlawful noise for miles downrange. They will
devalue properties in the area as much as 50%, if they could sell at all. Dynamiting will threaten wells and
aquifers. Out-of-region workers would perform most of the temporary construction jobs and only one or two
permanent jobs would result, at modest wages. There would be little value added revenue. Claims about local tax
revenues would be typically unsubstantiated and unsecured.
There is little that is cognitively more dissonant than supporting the concept of minimizing the human footprint on
the earth while cheerleading for the rude intrusiveness of physically massive/energy feckless wind projects. The
slap and tickle of wind propaganda flatters the gullible, exploits the well intentioned, and nurtures the craven. It is
made possible because there's no penalty for lying in the energy marketplace. The country has evidently arrived at
a point in its legal culture where no negative consequences seem to exist for making false or misleading claims to
sell wind energy--the stuff dreams are made of. But industrial wind is a bunko scheme of enormous consequence.
And, as Etherington concludes, people who value intellectual honesty should not quietly be fleeced by such
mendacity, even from their government.
Author: Roy W. Spencer
How Global Warming Hysteria Leads To
Bad Science, Pandering Politicians And
Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor
First, a few words about the author. Roy Spencer is one of the main people behind the technologies and
algorithms to measure the global temperatures from the satellites - achievements that have been rewarded by
various awards and that may be giving us the most accurate data about the global mean temperature that is
available, even more accurate than James Hansen's GISS data, indeed. (But, despite some people's prejudices,
Spencer has been funded from pretty much the same government sources as Hansen, except for those USD
250,000 from Heinz Kerry that Spencer sadly didn't receive.) He is also a very witty and comprehensible expositor
who has been writing a website with cute parodies. Recently, he co-authored potentially important papers about
the regulating role of clouds for the climate and about the uncertainty about the direction of the causal
relationships between the clouds and the temperature.
In the book, he first introduces some basics of climate science and explains the nature of the scientific consensus.
If the passionate reviewers below had seen the book, they would almost certainly appreciate it. Spencer reveals
that the mankind almost certainly contributes something to the climate change and the greenhouse effect is
nonzero, too. I know he has also patiently explained many of these well-known things to some of the less educated
and more "radical" skeptics and his balanced treatment in the book wasn't a surprise for me. He is clearly no
However, he quickly turns his attention to a more important question, namely whether the human activity poses a
danger for the climate. He explains that there exist no scientific papers that would offer reliable evidence of such a
threat and he exposes various political, ideological, profit-driven, and other non-scientific factors that allow the
irrational alarm about global warming to thrive and solid science about these questions to be suppressed and
neglected. There is clearly no consensus about a dangerous global warming and after reading the book, you will
Author: Peter Huber
Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists; A Conservative Manifesto
Al Gore wrote a book called "Earth in the Balance", where he talked about so many environmental issues. In Hard
Green you'll find that what Al Gore left out of his book is what you need to know. Taking on the Environmentalists
hard hitting arguments Huber dispels many of the commonly held "truths" and shows you that what you have
heard and read isn't exactly the way it works.
Huber is a very articulate and highly educated man with ideas that will take you into the 21st environmental
millennium. Huber empowers the people with ideas that make common sense a reality and take all the mumble
jumbo out of the liberal left and the power brokers in the environmental movement.
Huber is convincing with his ideas about how our resources such as fuel, food, minerals and water are not running
out but how they will last for a very long time. Huber presents a detailed look at how people are resourceful in
finding alternatives for replacement of what they need.
One of the most misunderstood ideas that the liberals' are constantly using is that the world is running out of
natural resources, Huber on the other hand delves deep into this issue and shows that earth, like man, evolves and
replenishes what it needs to sustain life and growth.
Tackling other issues like global warming, pollution, saving national forests Huber completely blows holes in the
liberal arguments. Also Huber tackles the issue of recycling and conserving and again makes the convincing
argument, that what the left tells you isn't the complete story. Huber's book is the definitive conservative answer
and for those truly concerned about the environment, this is the one book you really need to read.
LAW AND DISORDER IN CYBERSPACE: ABOLISH THE FCC AND LET COMMON LAW RULE THE
Author: Peter Huber
A dozen years after its publication, Peter Huber's "Law and Disorder in Cyberspace" remains relevant and as
insightful as when it was first released.
The book takes the reader on a quick trip through federal regulation of telephone, broadcast, and cable. It's no
warm, fuzzy tale. Huber's retelling of how regulations stifled investment, chilled innovation, and delayed
deployment in new media and communications technologies is positively cringe-inducing. The saga runs from the
federal government's first forays in broadcast licensing on down to the demise of the "fairness doctrine" in
broadcast regulation. There is a run-down of the federal monopoly regulatory regime for telephone service, from
Carterfone and Hush-a-Phone, to the Computer Inquiry rules, on to the consent decree in Judge Harold Greene's
Court. This book takes into account the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that brought an end to the decree. A tour
of cable regulation shows how that disruptive technology disrupted pre-existing regulatory models--though that
didn't stop regulators from asserting jurisdiction over it in order to protect broadcasting.
A larger take on regulation also comes into view in this book. One theme to emerge is the unfortunate imposition
of pre-existing regulatory categories (designed for older technologies) on newer technologies. Another is the extent
to which public officials went out of their way to protect "free" ad-supported broadcasting or local broadcasting
from competing technologies and offerings.
What still stands out most in "Law and Disorder in Cyberspace" is the book's provocative thesis: the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) should be abolished and "telecosm" regulation should be replaced by common
law. Huber looks to the bottom-up method of incremental, distributed, ex post decision-making that characterizes
the common law as a superior way to unleash the forces of competition and innovation. After Huber's grim history
of telecommunications regulation, the contrasting top-down, centralized, ex ante approach of a federal regulatory
commission certainly looks less attractive. As a practical, political matter, abolition of the FCC seems unrealistic,
perhaps far-fetched. Regardless, Huber's underlying insights are still worth pondering.
Since the main text of the book concludes at page 206, this isn't a long treatise meant to explain every detail. For
instance, Huber mentions in passing that the "essential facilities" doctrine has served fairly well. Even one
sympathetic to Huber's arguments and to a consumer welfare-driven antitrust outlook may be left wondering what
that means. (The U.S. Supreme Court has since cast serious doubt on the "essential facilities" doctrine.)
Along the way, Huber professes his concerns about the Telecom Act of '96's unbundling mandates in wire line--and
was ultimately proven right. He takes wireless a lot more seriously than public officials who put together the
Telecom Act of '96. It's now a dynamic, competitive industry that has prompted many customers to cut the chord.
Huber also explores the many future implications and breakthroughs coming from broadband. And he takes plenty
of jabs at federal regulators--especially the FCC. All in all, the book is thought-provoking take on regulation and the
THE REALLY INCONVENIENT TRUTHS
Author: Iain Murray
Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About Because They Help
As anyone who pays any attention to current events knows, energy and food prices are spiraling upward. Many do
not know the reasons for that.
In this scholarly review of the subject, Iain Murray explores those issues and several others. He not only provides
the reasons for many of our current predicaments, he also supplies solutions.
As the subtitle states, this book deals with seven environmental catastrophes that liberals don't want you to know
about - because they helped cause them. Although many environmentalists likely have good motives, the
unintended consequences of the policies that they push have been and continue to be disastrous for our planet and
the human race.
One example is the ban on the 'dreaded DDT'. Mr. Murray does a great job of showing how that ban has resulted in
the deaths of a countless number of children in Africa due to malaria.
Another is ethanol. Murray makes the case that the ethanol mandates enacted by the U.S. Congress have led to
much higher food prices and shortages. Additionally, it is ineffective in battling the 'problem'. Ethanol may produce
1/3 less greenhouse gas than gasoline, but it uses more gasoline to produce it than it replaces.
The Yellowstone Fire of 1988 is another great environmental tragedy brought about by the policies of so-called
environmentalists. The war against logging and the anti controlled burn crusades created a powder keg. The fuel
buildup was so huge that a massive fire was inevitable.
In the case of The Endangered Species Act, Mr. Murray shows how it has created disincentives to protect some of
the species it claims to champion while at the same time wreaking havoc on our economy.
There are several other disasters that leftist environmentalist policies have caused. As Murray says, 'Liberal
environmentalism, with its focus on box-checking rules, preference for word over substance, and its obsession with
punishment of the guilty, has on too many occasions failed to prevent environmental damage, and in the meantime
has harmed the economy and the humans whose well-being the economy represents.'
This is an important and timely book. From skyrocketing energy prices to high priced food and shortages of the
same, the policies of the radical environmentalist movement are greatly damaging the world food supply, economy,
and the environment. This book should be read by all voters and policymakers.
NEW DEAL OR RAW DEAL
Author: Burton Folsom Jr.
Introduction By: Stephen Moore
How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America
A sharply critical new look at Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency reveals government policies that
hindered economic recovery from the Great Depression -- and are still hurting America today.
In this shocking and groundbreaking new book, economic historian Burton W. Folsom exposes the idyllic legend of
Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions. With questionable moral character and a vendetta against the
business elite, Roosevelt created New Deal programs marked by inconsistent planning, wasteful spending, and
opportunity for political gain -- ultimately elevating public opinion of his administration but falling flat in achieving
the economic revitalization that America so desperately needed from the Great Depression. Folsom takes a critical,
revisionist look at Roosevelt's presidency, his economic policies, and his personal life.
Elected in 1932 on a buoyant tide of promises to balance the increasingly uncontrollable national budget and
reduce the catastrophic unemployment rate, the charismatic thirty-second president not only neglected to pursue
those goals, he made dramatic changes to federal programming that directly contradicted his campaign promises.
Price fixing, court packing, regressive taxes, and patronism were all hidden inside the alphabet soup of his popular
New Deal, putting a financial strain on the already suffering lower classes and discouraging the upper classes from
taking business risks that potentially could have jostled national cash flow from dormancy. Many government
programs that are widely used today have their seeds in the New Deal. Farm subsidies, minimum wage, and
welfare, among others, all stifle economic growth -- encouraging decreased productivity and exacerbating
Roosevelt's imperious approach to the presidency changed American politics forever, and as he manipulated public
opinion, American citizens became unwitting accomplices to the stilted economic growth of the 1930s. More than
sixty years after FDR died in office, we still struggle with the damaging repercussions of his legacy.
THE CASE AGAINST THE FED
Author: Murray N. Rothbard
This book, written by Murray Rothbard, an economist and historian of fairly well known repute, is a scathing attack
on not only the Federal Reserve, but the interests that created this institution. Rothbard is an adept writer, as he
takes a concept that can be fairly daunting and makes it accessible to those readers without an economics
background. I considered trying to earn a degree in Economics, but abandoned it when I found out that most of it
is tied to higher mathematics. I'm more interested in the conceptual side. Rothbard cuts out math and focuses on
the real meat of the issue, the concepts that govern money supply and inflation.
The book starts by discussing the biggest problem with the Federal Reserve System, which is fractional reserve
banking. Rothbard explains how this system is only functioning because people believe that it works. If there was a
run on banks tomorrow, the entire financial system would collapse, because there isn't enough "real" money in
reserve to cover all of the bank notes in circulation. Rothbard believes that it is the Fed that causes inflation, and
that the Fed is the sole source of inflation in society. It can be a confusing issue to explain, but Rothbard makes it
The rest of the book is a detailed history of the creation of the central banking system. This part can be confusing
due to the numerous names that Rothbard flies through as he traces the events leading up to the creation of the
Fed at Jekyll Island in 1911. Several interesting points are made during this history. Rothbard says that the
Progressive movement in American history was essentially engineered by the money interests to help destroy
competition. The little guy couldn't afford to put up with all the regulatory laws passed by the government. This
opened the way for the giants, such as Morgan and Rockefeller to monopolize industry. Another point that
Rothbard makes is that the history of the United States from after the Civil War to World War Two has essentially
been controlled by two financial camps, Morgan and Rockefeller. In this way, he supports views held by many that
the big money trust controls the country and owns all of the politicians, an issue that is very much in vogue today,
and can be seen in the minor success of Ralph Nader's run for the White House. The book winds up by saying that
the only way to restore sanity is to go back to the gold standard, where all money is backed up by an equivalent
amount of either gold or silver.
I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in finance and economics. This book is good for anyone who
just wants to understand what fractional reserve banking is and how it works. Rothbard died in 1995, but he has
left a good account of himself behind for all to enjoy.
THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND
Author: G. Edward Griffin
A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
This book is the history of the founding of the Federal Reserve. This is absolutely the best book available to gain
knowledge and understanding of the history of how the government handles/controls money and commercial banks
and investment banks. Thomas Jefferson warned about the banks taking over, and fought the investment banks
with all of his strength back in the 1700's! Some things, like GREED, never change.
It was the banks that conspired to write the first legislation creating the Federal Reserve (1913)--- the American
people and Congress were told it "would protect the people" ---- when in reality the con game was on such a high
level (only Satan could have written more deceptive legislation), it actually turned out to enhance the investment
bank's income! The outcome was that the banks privately own the Federal Reserve, meet in secret, set monetary
policy, cause booms and busts, loan money to our enemies; basically do everything they can to make as much
money as they can.
The Federal Reserve has been loaning money to nearly every country in the world through the help of the
International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, which is the arm of the IMF to actually disburse the money to
other countries. They don't even expect the loans to be paid back; the banks renegotiate and extend the loans,
thereby making even more money; and if the banks get overextended---who guarantees their loans? THAT'S
RIGHT! THE U.S. GOVERNMENT (read taxpayer here)!! Watch Greece: Greece is going bankrupt due to all the
loans Goldman Sachs gave them back in 2003. Goldman knew Greece would go bankrupt---that's the beauty of the
plan. NEXT MOVE: Watch for the E.U. to ask the U.S. for "financial" help to bail Greece out. After that, Spain is
next....then financial collapse!!
The book explains how over the years the plan is for the international banking cartel, the Fabian socialists and the
multi-national businesses to gradually take over ownership of every country in the world working through the
United Nations. After they control the distribution of food, guns, and the military (through the U.N.), the end for all
liberty loving people will soon follow. The New World Order (one world government), and one world currency is also
mentioned. The big banks are gobbling up the smaller banks so they will have more control over your checking
account, your money and your life.
After the bible, this is the best book I have ever read!!! This book should be REQUIRED READING for every high
school and college student in America.
Author: William A. Fleckenstein with Frederick Sheehan
Regardless of what you think of Greenspan before you read this book, you'll no doubt feel differently toward him
when you put it down. The book is well documented. In fact, it uses Greenspan's own words to prove his failures
For example, "Moreover, attractive interest rates have bolstered the sales of existing homes and the extraction of
capital gains in home equity that those sales engender. Low rates have also encouraged households to take on
larger mortgages when refinancing their homes. Drawing on home equity in this manner is a significant source of
funding for consumption and modernization."
The above words were spoken by Greenspan himself. How clearer could he be in saying he was the cause of the
But there's more. The man who set the nation's interest rates told congress that homeowners were too timid in
taking out fixed rate mortgages. They should take out adjustable rate mortgages, he opined. Mortgage companies
and banks should use creative financing, he offered. This from the man who would set the interest rates and break
the backs of millions of homeowners!
In addition, the Greenspan years, his policies and missteps, caused the dollar to lose value. Long the reserve
currency of the world, it's now worth less than most all major currencies and may not be the reserve currency
He damaged the country and all of us. Greenspan may go down in history as the person who did more harm to this
country than any president or business person or criminal who ever lived.
The author does a great job in writing and documenting everything he says about Greenspan. Fact is, he lets
Greenspan use his own words to show what a total failure he was and how he created the current ugly economic
DECEPTION AND ABUSE AT THE FED
Author: Robert D. Auerbach
Henry B. Gonzalez Battles Alan Greenspan’s Bank
This book tells the truth about what goes on at the Federal Reserve. This book was quoted by Rep. Ron Paul in
questions to Ben Bernanke, in which Mr. Bernanke's answer back was I don't know what you’re talking about
Representative. If Ben Bernanke read the book he would learn the devious and absolutely illegal moves the Federal
Reserve makes. This book is a must read for any American.
THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE: AMERICA UNDER THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
Author: Andre Michael Eggelletion
What the average person does not know about the directors of our monetary policy, the Federal Reserve, is the
fact that there is absolutely nothing "Federal" about the Federal Reserve System, and neither does it have any
"Reserves." In his astonishing new book, "Thieves in the Temple: America under the Federal Reserve System,"
Andre Eggelletion reveals facts about how the American economy operates that every American deserves to know.
He establishes a historical perspective, by discussing the definitions and functions of money, and how the idea of a
central banking system evolved through American history.
Author: David Redick
Let Private Mints Issue Gold Money, End Legal Tender Laws and the Fed, Adopt Dave’s Private
Written and Posted by Robert Wenzel, Publisher, Economic Policy Journal
March 6, 2011
Rocket Scientist Recommends Gold
While it is exciting to see the upheaval in MENA (Middle East and North Africa), and the overthrow of dictators in
the region, true freedom and prosperity is unlikely to come to the region until many in the general population
understand the importance of property rights, the rule of law and free markets.
It's the same in the United States, while there is uneasiness in the air about big government, and a call for less
government by many, few of these calls for less government indicate a deep understanding of what less
government means. This lack of understanding exists at the very core level in the shape of a failure to understand
the necessity for money that cannot be manipulated by government.
Congressman Ron Paul has been at the forefront in explaining why gold makes for an ideal currency, but the
understanding of the importance of gold must go beyond those that have read Ron Paul's books. There needs to be
many books written about gold and more general discussion of the topic. That's why I am pleased that David
Redick sent me a copy of his new book, Monetary Revolution-USA.
Redick started out his career as an aerospace engineer working on rocket engines and satellites, before entering
the business world. His book, though simple to follow, contains the logical presentation you would expect from
someone trained as an aerospace engineer.
Redick's case for private mints that issue gold and his call to end the Fed and legal tender laws is as sound as it
gets. The book also contains important historical information. Redick explains how President Woodrow Wilson was
tricked by the evil Bernard Baruch into signing the Federal Reserve Act. Redick also points out that the English
Parliament passed the 'Currency Act of 1764', which caused a depression in the colonies and was one of the
reasons for the American Revolution.
Redick also makes the important point, that you rarely see discussed, that because the dollar is also the global
reserve currency, it allows the U.S. to import so much and to off-shore so many jobs than otherwise would be the
case, as other countries hold onto dollars, thus protecting the value of the dollar. Redick all makes clear that this
free ride for American consumers and American businesses is slowly coming to an end.
Redick's book closes with a six-step plan to return to gold as money, as part of his plan, he calls for the
abolishment of Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae, Sallie Mae, the FHA, the Pension Guaranty Board, the FDIC, all TARP-like
projects, the Export-Import Bank, etc. etc.
He calls for the U.S. to terminate membership in the IMF (and get our gold back!), the World Bank, the BIS, the G-
20, the G-8, and the United Nations.
I couldn't agree more.
This is as solid of a book as you are going to find on gold as money, and the dangerous domestic and international
organizations that exist to prop up the dollar and the paper economy created by use of the dollar.
For anyone looking to understand why we need to return to a "private gold standard", this book provides the
answer. For those who have already read Ron Paul's books on the topic, Monetary Revolution-USA is great
supplemental reading. The two authors think alike on the topic but bring their own unique voices to the subject.
This book deserves to be read far and wide. It is an important tool in the revolution for sound money.
THIS BLOODLESS LIBERTY
Author: David M. Zuniga – Founder & CEO AmericaAgain!
Congress’ 10 Lies that are destroying America – And how We the People can Reclaim our
Currency, Liberty, and Way of Life
Government is totally out of control... Is there hope for America's future? Darkness falls over America. As ancient
Rome, our Republic rots from within. Government corruption leads to citizen despair. It's our right, even our citizen
duty to enforce the Constitution - but how? Secession, demonstrations, and nullification are proven failures. At this
point, voting is futile, also; the few Tea Party statesman have no chance against the corrupt supermajority in
Congress and the unelected horde of D.C. bureaucrats.
What can we do? This Bloodless Liberty presents an eye-opening glimpse at America's predator and parasite
class including careers you never imagined are feeding the corruption. Debunking 10 lies that government uses to
transform its sovereigns into serfs, AmericaAgain! Founder David Zuniga shows how you can leave politics and join
history's first neural network for self-government. We have lawful power to enforce our Constitution, if we will only
have the wisdom to do so.
The Internet offers liberty today as the printing press did 575 years ago. The Tea Party movement has caused
millions to see that both political parties are corrupt, but the Tea Party movement is today's Paul Revere, whereas
AmericaAgain! Is Madison on a motorcycle.
Find out how We The People can use tactical force-massing and social networking to stop today's syndicate of
politicians, financiers, bureaucrats, military-corporate moguls, and the massive parasite sector -- and keep control
as the apex sovereigns over government, right from home, for the rest of American history.
Indeed there is hope. If we exercise courage and repentance, our best days may be ahead. If we fear God and not
man, we can be AmericaAgain! TeethForTheTeaParty.com
REBUILD AMERICA NOW
Author: David Redick
Restore Liberty, Honesty, Rule of Law, and the Constitution
Citizens of the USA now face the same challenges and problems that our Founders did; repressive, corrupt, and
excess government. The goal of this book is to define a non-partisan plan for government reform that creates the
most Liberty, peace, prosperity, justice and ethics for all of its citizens. The plan applies to all levels and functions
of government (city to federal; executive, legislative, and courts). The emphasis is on the federal government,
since it is the source of the biggest problems; fake money, and how it funds wars and corruption. It focuses on the
core principle ’The government's proper role is to PROTECT the rights of its citizens from threat or violation by
others'. The book discusses how the USA got into its present economic and ethical mess, and presents a
comprehensive plan on how to recover, which the author calls 'America's Roadmap to Success' (ARTS).
THE CASE FOR GOLD: A MINORITY REPORT OF THE U.S. GOLD COMMISSION
Author: Ron Paul
Foreword to Second Edition By: Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
This book first written in the early 1980's by the honorable Congressman from Texas and Lewis Lehrman discusses
the feasibility of bringing back the gold standard. Moreover, Paul makes the case for the gold standard and the
case for abolishing the Federal Reserve, which has to its credit: a Great Depression, bloated government growth,
skyrocketing public and private debt, stagnating economic growth, and an inflationary boom in the 1970's.
Amidst, rampant inflation of the 1970's, a skyrocketing deficit, things didn't look so good and a number of business
and political leaders seriously entertained and supported the idea of reverting back to the gold standard. Sooner or
later the financial institutions and fiat money cartel will abuse its power of the press and inflate us into another
depression. Perhaps then instead of migrating to a World Bank and currency structure, we will kill the fiat money
machine once and for all.
Lastly consider these words: "Under a gold standard, the amount of credit that an economy can support is
determined by the economy's tangible assets, since every credit instrument is ultimately a claim on some tangible
asset. But government bonds are not backed by tangible wealth, only by the government's promise to pay out of
future tax revenues... A large volume of new government bonds can be sold to the public only at progressively
higher interest rates. Thus, government spending under a gold standard is severely limited.... In the absence of a
gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.... This is the shabby secret of
the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the hidden confiscation of wealth.
Gold stands in the way of this insidious process..." Moreover, the author also makes it known that the gold
standard wouldn't have the prolonged economic distortions and vicious boom-and-bust cycles that fiat money
systems have. Who was the author? None other than Alan Greenspan in an essay called Gold and Economic
Freedom. When Greenspan, the Federal Reserve Chief, is face-to-face with Ron Paul... in the back of his head, he
knows Paul is right and that the central bank is wrong!
THE REVOLUTION - A MANIFESTO
Author: Ron Paul
With A New Chapter on the Economic Crisis
Dr. Ron Paul's THE REVOLUTION: A MANIFESTO is a concise (167 pages) and convincing argument for a return to
America's libertarian principles. During his campaign for president, Dr. Paul established a very diverse following:
Republicans, Democrats, Greens, and "even some anarchists," he would joke. In truth, many people were drawn to
him due his obvious sincerity -- a breath of fresh air! -- even if they did not fully agree with or understand his
ideology. Now they will understand and become Austro-Jeffersonians, one and all!
The first chapter, "The False Choices of American Politics," demonstrates why those Ron Paul supporters who do
understand his message cannot bring themselves to vote for either McCain or Hillary/Obama, or even to really care
who among them wins: There is very little (if any) substantive difference between them. They may disagree about
when and where to use foreign intervention, but never over whether it should be used at all. They may disagree
over how fast interest rates should be cut by the Fed, but never over whether the Fed should exist. You get the
Chapters 2 and 3 are titled "The Foreign Policy of the Founding Fathers" and "The Constitution," respectively. Here
Dr. Paul challenges his neocon and liberal opponents to openly condemn the wisdom of the founding fathers, which
they do with their actions, or else follow it. The framers of the Constitution were far from unanimous -- there were
bitter disputes among so-called "Federalists" (Hamiltonian nationalists) and "republicans" (Jeffersonian
decentralists) -- but today's neocon/liberals reject the wisdom of both parties, taking an expansive view of their
powers that even Hamilton himself would have seen as excessive.
Chapter 4, "Economic Freedom," may be an eye-opening one for many readers. First, there are the liberals who
were attracted to Dr. Paul's campaign, who may for the first time be presented with a contrast between the true
Austro-Jeffersonian libertarian brand of capitalism and the inflationist, Kudlow & Company / Forbes magazine
variety. Secondly there are many "paleoconservatives" I met who supported Dr. Paul but were under the mistaken
impression that he was against free trade -- nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, as Dr. Paul points out
here, he is 100% in favor of unilateral, unconditional free trade and 100% against quotas, sanctions, embargoes,
duties, and protective tariffs. He does oppose phony "free-trade" deals like NAFTA and the WTO (joining many
liberal Democrats in doing so, but for different reasons) not because they "steal American jobs" (they don't), but
because they limit trade too greatly. Furthermore, they erode constitutional sovereignty and work for the benefit of
politically connected elites, something with which libertarians, paleocons, and liberals can all agree.
All three constituencies will also cheer Chapter 5, "Civil Liberties and Personal Freedom." Here the contrast
between Jeffersonian libertarianism (once considered "liberalism" before that philosophy was given a bad name in
the early twentieth century) and the so-called "conservatism" of the neocons and post-WWII New Rightists is
perhaps at its greatest. Ron Paul supports the Constitution and the limits it places on government -- which makes
him a "blame America" leftist among the neocon punditry, all apologists for the liberal Wilson/FDR/Truman/LBJ
foreign policy, by the way.
But the best and most important chapter, without a doubt, is Chapter 6, "Money: The Forbidden Issue in American
Politics." Here Dr. Paul expertly details the operations of the Federal Reserve System in stunning clarity -- no
conspiracy theories or half-truths that often further obfuscate discussion of the secretive monetary authority. The
Austrian (and true) perspective on the Fed is not to be horrified that the Fed isn't a government agency (it is, even
if indirectly), but to be outraged that all banks are essentially arms of the government. We don't need the
government to have even more control over the money supply, we need it to have no control whatsoever (the
exact opposite of what movies like FREEDOM TO FASCISM seem to suggest). What's more, Dr. Paul doesn't spread
the myth that the Fed somehow profits as an entity when it creates money (its profits go to the Treasury), but
instead, politically connected individuals and businesses profit at the expense of working-class and poor families.
You see, the effects of inflation are not uniform -- the Fed System works as a wealth redistribution system from
poor and middle-class to the rich and politically connected. How so? Buy this book and find out!
Finally, the book ends with the self-titled seventh chapter in which Dr. Paul lays out a moderate and realistic course
that could be accomplished over one or two presidential terms. I'm tempted to share this blueprint for you here but
I don't want to discourage anyone from buying the book. Instead, I'll use the last few words of this review to
lament the fact that this blueprint will certainly not be implemented by the next president. Perhaps a young man or
woman who volunteered for Ron Paul's campaign in 2008 will work his or her way up through the political
establishment and be swept into office, with a like-minded Paulian Congress, sixteen years from now (just as
Reagan followed sixteen years after Goldwater -- not that either of these two are to be looked at as heroes. . .).
We can only hope that the Republic can endure that long!
PILLARS OF PROSPERITY
Author: Ron Paul
Free Markets, Honest Money, Private Property
This economic manifesto by Ron Paul (484 pages!) collects his greatest speeches and debates over the last 30
years, and provides documentary evidence that he is not only a master of the topic; he has provided a coherent
explanation of nearly everything the government has done wrong in this area since he first entered public office.
He also provides a way out, as implied by the subtitle: free market, honest money, and private property.
Dr. Paul has consistently battled for all three.
Economics is topic about which most politicians are abysmally ignorant. As this books shows, Ron Paul is a master
of the topic and the nation's teacher on a vast range of economic issues. He addresses monetary policy during
critical times such as the late 1970s inflation mania, and was a lone voice pointing to the real cause of Federal
Reserve monetary policy.
Whereas most members of Congress are intimidated by Fed officials, Paul's confrontations with Greenspan are
documented here word for word. In addition, he reveals the social and economic effects of loose credit, and shows
the ill-effects of bailouts. He addresses high taxes, regulation, trade restrictions, and bravely denounces sanctions
against foreign countries for fueling international tensions.
He also explains his view of free trade, for the real thing but against misnamed treaties that embroil international
traders in bureaucracy.
He covers welfare, bureaucracy, war, and a a host of other economic topics in what is surely the most
comprehensive, intelligent, and revealing book on economics ever written by a U.S. political figure -- all informed
by the Austrian tradition of thought that has so influenced his thinking.
END THE FED
Author: Ron Paul
What a devastating indictment of the awful Federal Reserve System "End the Fed" lays out for its readers. Ron Paul
has produced an easily readable, short, concise case of why this secretive and powerful organization of the Fed
should be shut down for good.
He begins with an abbreviated history of the Fed and central banking in America, showing how the unholy alliance
between the government and the banking industry has led to the boom-bust cycles that are pervasive in our
economy. This fascist partnership, facilitated by all three branches of government, by both political parties, has led
our economy to the anemic state we find it in today. There are also some entertaining accounts of exchanges
between Ron Paul and former and current Fed chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernacke. The first-hand
accounts of how many businesses view government as a means of protecting and enriching their interests was
quite fascinating to read.
The last 5 chapters of the book are quite powerful, laying out a philosophical, constitutional, economic, and finally
libertarian case for ending the Fed. The most powerful and well developed was the philosophical case, since it boils
the idea of central banking in general, and the Fed in particular, to a system of legalized counterfeiting.
The book ends with a brief description of what a post-Fed world may look like. With honest money there would be a
more honest society, one in which lower and middle-income people could save their money and not have it's value
siphoned away by powerful banking interests. While "End the Fed" is a short read, it is informative and a great
introduction for anyone interested in the shenanigans that our banking overlords have been up to over the last 95
Author: Ron Paul
50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
Ron Paul continues the noble tradition of founders and thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke and
Patrick Buchanan in social-political conditions of the 21st Century. The book is written in lucid, vital and free
flowing style without any convoluted jargon. I purchased the kindle edition and finished the book in 3 hours with
several re-readings of some chapters/paragraphs.
The stage is set in contemporary America, and the intended audiences are likely the young indoctrinated
subservient Americans, victims of Washington DC. This book could be the conservative bible for next two decades
to effect political renewal of a tired, beaten and declining America. It deals with Paul's unique approach as a
practicing Christian, a conservative libertarian and a citizen statesman. The amoral and utopian aspects of left-
libertarianism are absent in this book.
Indeed the word libertarian has been mentioned only 6 times in the text. In comparison, the word moral has been
mentioned a good 109 times, and "liberty" occurs 191 times. The book emphasizes the true essence of Christianity
and Christ as the prince of peace, not a messenger of aggressive/deceitful secular wars.
The writing is universal in its appeal so that a person from China, India, Africa, Islamic World or Europe will
naturally relate to its contents. It defines the true meaning of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, the three principles
of humanity. It is applicable to all human societies and aggregates, not just America. It shows the essence of
conservatism and social order and extensively deals with liberty's relationship with morality, religion and ethics.
The book is tabulated in 50 chapters and covers 5 principal themes.
1. The Individual and the State: Chapters on Capital Punishment, Civil Disobedience, Public Land, Surveillance and
Slavery deal with Washington DC's atrocities on Individual liberty. The State has systematically imposed Slavery,
bondage, violations of civil and property rights on American people. These atrocities have been carried out almost
since the founding of the Republic against the spirit and letter of the Constitution. The trampling over Individual
freedom is at the tipping point so that in near future we might completely lose all remaining freedoms. Our fate will
then fall into the hands of monsters in Washington DC. Ownership of all life, liberty and property will be dictated by
the Socialist tyrants.
2. Foreign policy: Chapters on Assassinations, CIA, Conscription, Empire, Foreign Aid, Patriotism, Security,
Terrorism, Trade Policies and Zionism. These chapters describe how the Federal Marxists are now conducting
unspeakable genocides on defenseless states around the world. The worst consequences are being paid both in
blood and treasure by the American people. These Washington DC policies are formulated and executed by the
bloodthirsty neocon cabal whose intellectual founders were Leo Strauss and Irving Kristol- while its executive roots
lie in Wilson's presidency. Paul traces this ideology to Plato and Machiavelli, the ancient and medieval founders of
the noble lie. Paul's prescription for Arab-Israeli conflict is love-making and Intermarriage, not war.
3. Welfare Narcotic and Amorality of Tyrannical State Socialism: Chapters on Bipartisanship, Executive Power, Four
Freedoms, Gun Control, Immigration, Insurance, Lobbying, Medical Care, Moral Hazard, Morality in Government,
Prohibition, Public Land, Statistics and Unions. These chapters deal with the systematic undermining of individuals,
families, Towns and States by Washington DC. These corrupt bureaucrats have been coercively and deceptively
concentrating all wealth and power in their own hands at the expense of hapless people. The chapters warn the
reader on the attempts to crush human initiative, effort and philanthropy in order to replace them with helpless,
suffocating and lifeless bondage under the Washington DC tyrants.
4. Monetary/Economic Policy Subversion: Taxes, Monetary Policy, Keynesianism, Business cycle and Austrian
Economics deal with the source of all material corruptions, the criminal Federal Reserve and central economic
planning/domination. The system of militaristic Keynesianism which confiscates all wealth from the poor, middle
class, and the justly rich - to what the book calls the "Goldman Sachs Elite" has been discussed. These hidden
monetary actions are far more powerful than the Presidency, the Media and responsible for all American
5. Moral Order and Cultural Decline: Chapters on Abortion, Demagogues, Discrimination, Education Indoctrination,
Envy, Evolution, Global warming, hate crimes, marriage, political correctness, racism, religion and liberty deal with
the corruption of American society. Freedom is reserved for certain organized special interests and groups at the
expense of others. Affirmative action, dishonest cultural and political discourse, an obsession with victimhood and
demands for special treatment, privileges and free lunch by robbing the middle-class/working class, racial and
ethnic quotas, and blatant use of force, intimidation and naked violence to subjugate people under State controlled
institutions, ideas and directives is the subject of these chapters.
The ultimate goal of State Socialism is to transform Americans into helpless, subservient and docile cattle, where
forced, regimented and artificial equality will lead to strife, uniformity and slavery, not Liberty, Diversity and Unity.
This equality will be ruthlessly enforced on the 99% masses, while the Washington/Wall-Street elite will exempt
themselves and enjoy the looted spoils from America.
These provocative and taboo topics which can lead to harsh political/social condemnation and banishment have
been written with great force, conviction and masterly command. It is likely that State controlled thought police will
virulently attack these ideas as it is the great foe of a free society, free exchange of ideas, expressions and
The book is sprinkled with a few personal anecdotes and the reader gets a glimpse of some events from Paul's life.
The chapter on Democracy is well written and concisely lays out the distinctions between a Republic based on rule
of law versus a totalitarian mob rule of Majoritarian Democracy.
Throughout the book a convincing case has been made that America needs a rebirth of moral order based on
Liberty, Equality of Spirit and Freedom, and a Universal Fraternity based on Spiritual Love and Golden Rule
(Chapter on Religion and Liberty). Only then it will win peace, prosperity and social soundness.
It is laden with wit, humor at the expense of hypocrites and fraudsters such as Cheney, Al Gore, Bush and Obama.
Interesting terms such as "evangelical atheists", "thinking like a Black" and "Goldman Sachs Elite" are used to
make incisive points. The chapters are engaging and delightfully entertaining. Paul invokes George Orwell's 1984
several times to expose the evil of American elite and Bush-Obama's duplicity.
This book is a testament to Paul's wisdom, character and principled statesmanship, unique in our time. Those who
miss the moral authority of Gandhi, Solzhenitsyn and even great spiritual figures, can finally look towards Liberty
Defined as the living symbol and text to strive for liberty. Gandhi, Solzhenitsyn, Paul all favored local government,
human scale, family, faith and liberty against tyrannical state socialism and aggressive domestic and foreign
The book calls for character and action to save the Republic. Not "utter cynicism", "endless policy details" and
In the age of Lady Gaga, Obama, Bieber, Reality TV, sexual liberation, unfettered greed, gluttonous obesity, and
rapaciousness, the capacity to independently think, comprehend and act has been greatly diminished. In such
decimated cultural conditions, this book provides a faint glimmer of hope that a misinformed, confused, paralyzed
and desensitized Third World America will look towards Liberty, faith and Constitution and find a way to reclaim its
destiny. A new manifesto from an iconic statesman.
A FOREIGN POLICY OF FREEDOM, PEACE, COMMERCE AND HONEST FRIENDSHIP
Author: Ron Paul
Forward By: Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
Contrary to what is commonly believed, foreign entanglements - as opposed to wars - are not formulae for security
but recipes for disaster. It is almost inevitable that we, the only super power, will be drawn into a conflict given the
creeping tide of intervention. It should be remembered that in 2000, Bush ran as a NON-interventionist, scorning
nation building and meddling. Oh how times have changed though I'll admit these have been tumultuous times.
The idea of an American Empire requires on-going intervention at some part of the world and the attitude that we
are the world's nanny. For some reason, we still pay billions to defend Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Egypt, Korea
and the Saudis.
A look 10 years in the future will see a waning Mideast as alternative energies become commonplace. It is NOT
true (as is pointed out) that "they" have always "hated us". In fact, they love America - our food, clothes, movies,
music, speech and science. Until recently the US was popular with the masses, the heaven on Earth to which they
aspired. Paul outlines philosophical reasons for opposing unrestricted intervention, reaching back to the Founding
Fathers and their intentions. He also reminds us of our desperate financial situation and the cost of being Big
Brother. In the process, he sets out to alter not just foreign policy but our whole attitude toward the State and
what it should and should not do. That latter idea will prove the hardest to change as we are, from every corner,
led in the direction of an authoritarian nanny State.
If you've ever been bothered by US foreign policy but was disturbed at the Left's embrace of dictators and
terrorists (Stalin, Mao, Castro, Arafat, Chavez) this is the book for you. It explains why opposing US foreign policy
does not require praising those who do not value freedom.
Author: Chalmers Johnson
The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
With a New Introduction on Blowback in the Post – 9/11 World
Chalmers Johnson defines blowback as the "unintended consequences of policies that were kept from the American
people." He also puts it in a simpler phrase: "a nation reaps what it sows." A lot of it is retaliation for political
interference and economic imperialism. One example is the Lockerbie bombing of 1988, which was in retaliation for
Reagan's bombing of Libya in 1986. (Note: this book was published in 2000, so his passage that "the innocent of
the twenty-first century are going to harvest unexpected blowback disasters from the imperialist escapades of
recent decades" is tragically ironic and foreshadowing. But blowback has been experienced by other empires, so
America's not the only one. Look at the Soviet Union, Britain, and Rome.
Johnson explains America's imperialist influence in Japan, in particular, the notorious rape case in Okinawa in 1995.
That was the most publicized case. In fact assault and harassment of Okinawans is commonplace. There's a clause
in the U.S. forces occupation treaty that gives the U.S. military accused of crimes the right not to hand over guilty
soldiers to the local authorities. It's kind of like the diplomatic immunity ambassadors in foreign countries get.
(Remember Lethal Weapon 2?)
Individual countries are covered in detail: Japan, both Koreas, and China, in particular. The words "American
Empire" in the title are no mistake. True, it's not outright political annexation as was done in the Roman, Spanish,
or British Empires, but an economic hegemony. Where the Soviet created an Eastern bloc with countries such as
East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland, so did the U.S. No, not in Western Europe, but in East Asia.
Comprising of Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, and before their fall to Communist
regimes, the former French Indochina countries. In fact, what's the first thing a newly-elected Japanese prime
minister does? He flies straight to Washington D.C. to report in to his new masters.
Another factor of American foreign policy is its support, defense and economic, of repressive anti-Communist
regimes, such as South Korea and Indonesia. America hardly batted an eye when in 1980, a student demonstration
protesting martial law was violently put down in what became known as the Kwangju uprising. The same is true for
the Kopassus commando squads in Indonesia, who violently put down Suharto's opponents.
Then there's Indonesia, where Suharto, who had been put in power by the CIA in 1965, was ousted with the help
of the DIA because the IMF was unable to help Indonesia's financial problems. Conclusion: Suharto was no longer
useful so he was dumped. The collapse of the Asian rim economies is also touched on.
Another similar pattern is how former dictators are given immunity for their crimes. Ferdinand Marcos died in exile
in the U.S., General Chun Doo Hwan was pardoned by South Korean President Kim Young Sam, and Suharto was
deemed too ill to stand trial.
The ultimate message in this book is indeed, that a country reaps what it sows. Solution: less imperialism, less
interference, more peace, in other words, an end to the hegemony. There's so much peaceful potential that the
U.S. has--why not use that?
THE SORROWS OF EMPIRE
Author: Chalmers Johnson
Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic
In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globe's "lone
superpower," then as a "reluctant sheriff," next as the "indispensable nation," and in the wake of 9/11, as a "New
Rome." In this important national bestseller, Chalmers Johnson thoroughly explores the new militarism that is
transforming America and compelling us to pick up the burden of empire.
Recalling the classic warnings against militarism-from George Washington's Farewell Address to Dwight
Eisenhower's denunciation of the military-industrial complex-Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning
to the present, he maps America's expanding empire of military bases and the vast web of services that support
them. He offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional militarists who have infiltrated multiple branches of
government, who classify as "secret" everything they do, and for whom the manipulation of the military budget is
of vital interest.
Among Johnson's provocative conclusions is that American militarism is already putting an end to the age of
globalization and bankrupting the United States, even as it creates the conditions for a new century of virulent
blowback. The Sorrows of Empire suggests that the former American republic has already crossed its Rubicon-with
the Pentagon in the lead.
NEMESIS: THE LAST DAYS OF THE REPUBLIC
Author: Chalmers Johnson
The long-awaited final volume of Chalmers Johnson’s bestselling
Blowback trilogy confronts the overreaching of the American empire and the threat it poses to the
In his prophetic book Blowback, Chalmers Johnson linked the CIA’s clandestine activities abroad to disaster at
home. In The Sorrows of Empire, he explored the ways in which the growth of American militarism and the
garrisoning of the planet have jeopardized our stability. Now, in Nemesis, he shows how imperial overstretch is
undermining the republic itself, both economically and politically.
Delving into new areas—from plans to militarize outer space to Constitution-breaking presidential activities at home
and the devastating corruption of a toothless Congress—Nemesis offers a striking description of the trap into which
the dreams of America’s leaders have taken us. Drawing comparisons to empires past, Johnson explores in vivid
detail just what the unintended consequences of our dependence on a permanent war economy are likely to be.
What does it mean when a nation’s main intelligence organization becomes the president’s secret army? Or when
the globe’s sole “hyperpower,” no longer capable of paying for the vaulting ambitions of its leaders, becomes the
greatest hyper-debtor of all times?
In his stunning conclusion, Johnson suggests that financial bankruptcy could herald the breakdown of constitutional
government in America—a crisis that may ultimately prove to be the only path to a renewed nation.
DISMANTLING THE EMPIRE: AMERICA’S LAST BEST HOPE
Author: Chalmers Johnson
In his prophetic book Blowback, published before 9/11, Chalmers Johnson warned that our secret operations in Iraq
and elsewhere around the globe would exact a price at home. Now, in a brilliant series of essays written over the
last three years, Johnson measures that price and the resulting dangers America faces. Our reliance on Pentagon
economics, a global empire of bases, and war without end is, he declares, nothing short of "a suicide option."
Dismantling the Empire explores the subjects for which Johnson is now famous, from the origins of blowback to
Barack Obama's Afghanistan conundrum, including our inept spies, our bad behavior in other countries, our ill-
fought wars, and our capitulation to a military that has taken ever more control of the federal budget. There is, he
proposes, only one way out: President Obama must begin to dismantle the empire before the Pentagon dismantles
the American Dream. If we do not learn from the fates of past empires, he suggests, our decline and fall are
foreordained. This is Johnson at his best: delivering both a warning and an urgent prescription for a remedy.
ROGUE STATE: A GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S ONLY SUPERPOWER
Author: William Blum
William Blum's book should open the eyes of the blind, but, unfortunately, they continue to be fixed on certain
specific points, while keeping silent about the very bleak overall picture.
Nevertheless, William Blum tackles big issues: the danger of depleted uranium bombs for the populations and all
soldiers in the field, Big Brother ECHELON, the drugs smuggling CIA, the use of human guinea pigs, the relentless
search for 'barbarian enemies' in order to justify the enormous defense budgets, the frontal attack on the Bill of
Rights, and most of all, the unending list of secret military and other interventions in foreign countries against
democratically elected governments or to sustain despotic regimes. The result is truly appalling: millions of victims.
Of course, there are some minus points here. This book is already very partially out-of-date because it attacks
President Clinton's policies. Also, the author forgets sometimes to mention some aspects of specific situations, e.g.
the ethnic cleansing policies in former Yugoslavia, or the real situation in Cuba (the colossal living standard
differences between the few and the many, the travel prohibitions, no freedom of speech ...).
But we need Bill Blum's voice. Not to be missed.
Author: Charles Derber with Yale R. Magrass
How Empires, the Born-Again and the Politically Correct Do Evil in the Name of Good
What do empire, the born again, and the politically correct have in common? Is patriotism a good thing? Did
General Patraeus betray us, or did MoveOn? Does morality often serve immoral purposes? This book offers a new
way to approach these questions, which lie just beneath our increasingly poisoned political conversation today.
Derber and Magrass show that the problem today is not just lying but immoral morality, doing evil in the name of
good. Both Republican and Democratic presidents, they show, have been immoral moralists. The authors explore
three ancient codes of immoral morality frighteningly resurrected in America today those of empire, the politically
correct, and the born again. The British preached the White Man's Burden to show empire was a moral obligation.
Bush today proclaims that the U.S. must occupy Iraq to spread liberty. Although the right today has recrafted
historic arguments that empires bring peace, and fundamentalists battle moral decay, the authors show that the
Democratic Party and the left have their own IM, with Democrats supporting empire and the left its own political
correctness. America's political divide today is a backlash to the progressive revolution of the 1960s and 1970s
secular, antiwar, and feminist that created a radical break from traditional values and set the stage for current
morality wars. In the spirit of de Tocqueville, this powerful book offers a rich and vivid portrait of America s political
landscape, exploring ideas that can help move the nation to a new morality and politics.
Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
The Realities & Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy
In a challenging, provocative book, Andrew Bacevich reconsiders the assumptions and purposes governing the
exercise of American global power. Examining the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton--as well as
George W. Bush's first year in office--he demolishes the view that the United States has failed to devise a
replacement for containment as a basis for foreign policy. He finds instead that successive post-Cold War
administrations have adhered to a well-defined "strategy of openness." Motivated by the imperative of economic
expansionism, that strategy aims to foster an open and integrated international order, thereby perpetuating the
undisputed primacy of the world's sole remaining superpower. Moreover, openness is not a new strategy, but has
been an abiding preoccupation of policymakers as far back as Woodrow Wilson.
Although based on expectations that eliminating barriers to the movement of trade, capital, and ideas nurtures not
only affluence but also democracy, the aggressive pursuit of openness has met considerable resistance. To
overcome that resistance, U.S. policymakers have with increasing frequency resorted to force, and military power
has emerged as never before as the preferred instrument of American statecraft, resulting in the progressive
militarization of U.S. foreign policy.
Neither indictment nor celebration, American Empire sees the drive for openness for what it is--a breathtakingly
ambitious project aimed at erecting a global imperium. Large questions remain about that project's feasibility and
about the human, financial, and moral costs that it will entail.
THE NEW AMERICAN MILITARISM
Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
How Americans are seduced by War
Andrew J. Bacevich's The New American Militarism: How Americans Are seduced By War, Oxford University Press,
New York, 2005, ISBN 0-19-517338-4, is the most coherent analysis of how America has come to its present
situation in the world that I have ever read. Bacevich, Professor of International Relations and Director of the
Center for International Relations at Boston University, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
and holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton. And he is retired military officer. This background makes him almost
uniquely qualified to comment on the subject.
Bacevich admits to an outlook of moderate conservatism. But in ascribing fault for our plight to virtually every
administration since W.W. II, he is even handed and clear eyed. Since he served in the military, he understands
the natural bureaucratic instincts of the best of the officer corps and is not blinded by the almost messianic status
that they have achieved in the recent past.
His broad brush includes the classic period, the American Revolution - especially the impact of George Washington,
but he moves quickly to the influence of Woodrow Wilson and his direct descendants of our time, the
Neoconservatives. The narrative accelerates and becomes relevant for us in the depths of the despair of Vietnam.
At that juncture, neocon intellectuals awakened to the horror that without a new day for our military and foreign
policy, the future of America would be at stake. At almost the same time, Evangelical Christians abandoned their
traditional role in society and came to views not dissimilar to the neocons. America had to get back on track to
both power and goodness. The results of Vietnam on American culture, society, and - especially - values were
abhorrent to both these groups.
The perfect man to idealize and mythologize America's road back was Ronald Reagan. Again, Bacevich does not
shrink from seeing through the surreal qualities brought to the Oval Office by Reagan to the realities beneath
them. The Great Communicator transformed the Vietnam experience into an abandonment of American ideals and
reacquainted America with those who fought that horrible war. Pop culture of the period, including motion pictures
such as Top Gun and bestselling novels by many, including Tom Clancy completely rehabilitated the image of the
The author describes how Evangelical leaders came to find common cause with the neocons and provided the
political muscle for Reagan and his successors of both parties to discover that the projection of military might
become a reason for being for America as the last century closed.
One of his major points is that the all volunteer force that resulted from the Vietnam experience has been divorced
from American life and that sending this force of ghosts into battle has little impact on our collective psyche. This,
too, fit in with the intellectual throw weight of the neocons and the political power of the Evangelicals.
Separate from but related to the neocons, Bacevich describes the loss of strategic input by the military in favor of a
new priesthood of intellectual elites from institutions such as the RAND Corporation, The University of Chicago and
many others. It was these high priests who saw the potential that technology provided for changing the nature of
war itself and how American power might be projected with `smart weapons' that could be the equivalent of the
nuclear force that could never be used.
So it was that when the war we are now embroiled in across the globe - which has its antecedents back more than
twenty years - all of these forces weighed heavily on the military leaders to start using the force we'd bought them.
The famed question by Secretary of State Madeline Albright to General Colin Powell: "What's the point of having
this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?" had to have an answer and the skirmishes
and wars since tended to provide it.
Bacevich clearly links our present predicaments both at home and abroad to the ever greater need for natural
resources, especially oil from the Persian Gulf. He demolishes all of the reasons for our bellicosity based on ideals
and links it directly to our insatiable appetite for oil and economic expansion. Naturally, like thousands of writers
before him, he points out the need for a national energy policy based on more effective use of resources and
alternative means of production.
It is in his prescriptions that the book tends to drift. The Congress must do its constitutionally mandated jobs or be
thrown out by the people. Some of his ideas on military education are creative and might well close the gap
between the officer corps and civilians that he points to as a great problem.
But it is the clearly written analysis that makes this book shine. It should be a must read for those who wonder
how we got to Iraq and where we might be heading as a society. The nation is in grave danger, and this is a book
that that shows how we got to this juncture. Where we go from here is up to us. If we continue as we are, our
options may narrow and be provided by others.
THE LIMITS OF POWER: THE END OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM
Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
This man is a rarity in this nation: a brilliant, intellectual conservative, West Point grad, and former war veteran
willing to take on the "neocon suits" in the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House who have led this nation to
the brink of foreign policy, military, and economic ruin over the last 8 years.
A decorated Vietnam vet who recently lost his soldier son in the Iraq War, he is clearly (and thankfully) a Grand
Canyon-sized fly in the ointment of the blind, unquestioning, "Either you support the war or you are “unpatriotic”
or “un-American” Joe McCarthyist crowd calling the shots in Washington. As I listened to his utterly riveting
interview on Bill Moyers last week, all I could think was, "If only Bush & Co. had listened to him, how many lives
and $$$ could have been spared." But then Bush, Rove, et. al. would not have the spine to hear, let alone heed,
such a compelling voice with a towering conscience, intellect, and abiding sense of responsibility to, and love for,
the nation and Constitution.
WASHINGTON RULES: AMERICA’S PATH TO PERMANENT WAR
Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
When you spend the better part of a balmy Sunday indoors engrossed in the fascination of wanting to find out what
is on the next page, page after page, you know you have a great book that opens your eyes and your mind to fresh
ideas, a book that makes you question your most basic assumptions of how you see things as an American and
beckons you to look at yourself in a different light. Andrew Bacevich achieves this in just 250 pages.
His real education began where no NATO soldier had been previously free to roam. The place was East Germany
and the time was after the Berlin Wall came down. It continued as he earned a Ph.D. at Princeton and with a
professorship at Boston College where he teaches and writes today. From that education, Professor Bacevich made
some startling discoveries.
He defines this discovery as the credo and the trinity. "The credo summons the United States--and the United
States alone--to lead, save, liberate, and ultimately transform the world." The sacred trinity requires the United
States to "maintain a global presence, to configure its forces for global projection, and to anticipate threats with a
policy of global interventionism." This relationship is symbiotic, according to Bacevich. "The trinity adds plausibility
to the credo, and the credo justifies the trinity's... exertions." Implicit in both is the government's and people's
tacit acceptance that the U.S. is called upon to do this, is the only nation capable of doing this, and that other
nations really want the United States to do it. This is how Washington rules and this is America's path to
Such interventionism began with possessions obtained from the Spanish-American War and Theodore Roosevelt's
corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. Following World War II, this became the American way of thinking, that
protection of America's vital interests meant we had the right to interfere in the political or economic direction of
other countries, and most importantly, that the United States "exempts itself from the norms with which it expects
others to comply."
It also meant that the best way to protect America was to establish bases in far off lands where we could strike an
enemy before it struck us. This also meant ratcheting up the fear. First it was the fear of communism, then the fear
of nuclear annihilation, then it was the domino theory that would eventually reach our border, and finally, the war
on terrorism, which like all the others, has become a drain of human and economic resources, and an abject
Andrew Bacevich achieves something few other authors do. He speaks from his heart and his mind. From both you
get a glimpse of the man's soul. I could almost sense an anger from trying to convince the deaf to listen and make
the blind see. (He has spoken in front of Congress more than once). He recognizes what few Americans do, that we
are not a nation of unlimited manpower and economic resources that can sustain a permanent state of war, that
costs so much to so many, and benefits so few--politicians and profiteers. He is a man engaged who wishes that
Americans would become engaged by not thinking about what they want, but how they can serve, by not just
paying lip service to our servicemen, but making their own sacrifices, as he and his son did. Bacevich wants a
fiscally responsible America that finds its spirit in renewing itself and revitalizing its own democratic ideals rather
than imposing them on others.
That is the way America was meant to be.
THE CASE FOR WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN
Edited By: Nick Turse
Leading commentators examine the Afghan debacle and its parallels with previous British and Soviet
Known as the graveyard of empires, Afghanistan has now been singled out as Obama’s “just war,” the destination
for an additional thirty thousand US troops in an effort to shore up an increasingly desperate occupation. Nick
Turse brings together a range of leading commentators, politicians, and military strategists to analyze America’s
real motives and likely prospects. Through on-the-spot reporting, clear-headed analysis and historical comparisons
with Afghanistan’s previous occupiers—Britain and the Soviet Union, who also argued that they were fighting a just
and winnable war—The Case for Withdrawal From Afghanistan carefully examines the current US strategy and
offers sobering conclusions. This timely and focused collection aims at the heart of Obama’s foreign policy and
shows why it is so unlikely to succeed.
DEFEAT: LOSING IRAQ AND THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Author: Jonathan Steele
Jonathan Steele, the Guardian's Senior Foreign Correspondent, has written an outstanding account of the war on
Iraq. He argues that from the start the occupiers were bound to lose and that they have in fact already lost. As the
Iraq Study Group said in December 2006, "The situation is deteriorating ... The ability of the United States to
shape outcome is diminishing."
Why? Because nobody wants foreign troops in their country. As Steele writes, "Most occupations fail. In the Middle
East, they fail absolutely." People there have a deep sense of national dignity, honor and sovereignty.
Opposing Saddam Hussein did not mean supporting the occupation, as Blair and Bush thought, in a mirror-image
of their slander that opponents of the war were supporters of Saddam. After the invasion, some Iraqis thought
`thank you and goodbye', but most thought just `goodbye'. The majority has consistently wanted foreign troops
out immediately and approve of attacks on them. 92% of the unfortunate US troops in Iraq also want to leave
within a year.
The occupiers have not achieved the politicians' claimed goals of democracy and a pro-Western regime, nor will
they. More people have been killed in the occupation's five years than in Hussein's 32 years. Mass detention of
innocent civilians in a brutal counter-insurgency war breeds resistance not support. In 2004, the USA estimated
there were 5,000 insurgents, in 2005, 16,000, in 2006, 20,000 and in 2007, 70,000. 2007 was the deadliest year
yet for the USA.
In a poll last December, 85% of the people of Basra thought that the British occupation had a negative effect; just
2% thought it positive. The British forces are serving a political, not a military, purpose. They are Downing Street's
Blair blames the continuing violence in Iraq on `blowback from global terrorism', as if it was a natural but
unfortunate effect of his good war. But the war is a defensive war against foreign invasion not a clash of ideologies
or of civilizations.
To the US and British ruling classes, victory is the only exit strategy, but their `victory first' means exit never.
Staying is a trap, not a strategy. Exit is the only good option and the sooner the better.
NULLIFICATION: HOW TO RESIST FEDERAL TYRANNY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Author: Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Tom Woods' latest book is another example of the author doing what he does best--dissecting political and
economic failure by striking at the root of the problem and offering common sense and constitution-based
solutions, something he always does in an easy to comprehend, everyman style. Ironically, the solutions Woods
offers are often considered unconventional or controversial, but only by the same professional talking heads who
got us into virtually every mess the author addresses.
As with his bestseller "Meltdown," in which Woods explained how the Federal Reserve and government intervention
were primary culprits in the ongoing recession, "Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century,"
is a how-to for Americans fed up with an out-of-control Washington, DC. Question: How can we expect a federal
government no longer restrained by the Constitution to be contained by that document any time in the future?
Answer: by containing it ourselves.
Woods argues that Americans concerned about federal overreach--on everything from the imposition of national
healthcare to medicinal marijuana laws--should revisit the "principles of '98," as in 1798, when James Madison and
Thomas Jefferson famously insisted that the federal government, as Woods puts, "cannot be permitted to hold a
monopoly on constitutional interpretation" or the "exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers," or it
would continue to grow, "regardless of elections, the separation of powers and other much-touted limits on
Per the 10th amendment and Madison and Jefferson's example, Woods argues that states should render void--or
nullify--oppressive federal mandates, as not only a necessary measure, but perhaps the only possible way
Americans might ever stuff the beast in Washington back into its constitutional box. Woods points out that
nullification is not only an old, all-American concept whose time has come, but is far more practical method of
substantively addressing today's problems than the false solutions offered by the Left/Right, two-party paradigm, a
truly archaic political model which has kept us distracted from the real dilemma of unchecked government power--
something our rulers laughably keep insisting they will keep in check so long as their own party holds all the power
FOX News host Judge Andrew Napolitano is correct when he says "In clear and well-documented arguments, Tom
Woods gives hope to those who wish to tame the federal monster as the Framers intended--by using the utterly
lawful and historically accepted principle of Nullification." Indeed. And with his latest offering, Tom Woods has
given Americans who genuinely want to "take their country back" the blueprint to do just that.
Author: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
Forward By: Ron Paul
A Free Market Look At Why the Stock Market Crashed - The Economy
Tanked and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse
If you are fed up with Washington boondoggles, and you like the small-government, politically-incorrect thinking of
Ron Paul, then you'll love Tom Woods's Meltdown. In clear, no-nonsense terms, Woods explains what led up to this
economic crisis, who's really to blame, and why government bailouts won't work. Woods will reveal:
* Which brave few economists predicted the economic fallout--and why nobody listened
* What really caused the collapse
* Why the Fed--not taxpayers--should have to answer for the current economic crisis
* Why bailouts are band-aids that will only provide temporary relief and ultimately make things worse
* What we should do instead, to put our economy on a healthy path to recovery
With a foreword from Ron Paul, Meltdown is the free-market answer to the Fed-created economic crisis. As the new
Obama administration inevitably calls for more regulations, Woods argues that the only way to rebuild our
economy is by returning to the fundamentals of capitalism and letting the free market work.
WHO KILLED THE CONSTITUTION
Authors: Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman
The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama
There's a reason that our federal constitution is short. It was so the average American could be intimately familiar
with it. It was also because the federal government was supposed to be small. As James Madison described in the
Federalist No. 45:
"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which
are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on
external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for
the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the
ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order,
improvement, and prosperity of the State."
So what changed? Woods and Gutzman persuasively document a selected array of federal power plays and
Supreme Court decisions over the course of the 20th century that radically reshaped the federal government in
ways the Framers of the U.S. Constitution never imagined nor, the Constitution's Ratifiers ever intended.
From the unconstitutional persecution against World War I dissenters by the Wilson administration; through Harry
Truman's attempted 1952 power grab, the phony case for broad presidential war powers, and the startlingly
perverse use of presidential signing statements by the Bush administration to undermine the rule of law; to the
tragic consequences of Commerce Clause jurisprudence run amok beginning with the New Deal and continuing to
this very day: "Who Killed the Constitution?" serves as an eye-opening guide to how exactly, and how far away,
we've managed to stray from the limited-government vision of our forefathers bestowed upon us in the
Constitution. Woods and Gutzman cite several Founding Era authorities to prove exactly this.
Hopefully the abuses of the past administration, and the continuation of those abuses by the new one, will awaken
Americans to explore their own constitutional heritage and incite them to start demanding their government adhere
to the supreme law of the land: the Constitution of the United States.
BACK ON THE ROAD TO SERFDOM: THE RESURGENCE OF STATISM
Edited By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
The threat of statism has reemerged in force. The federal government has seized on the economic crisis to radically
expand its power—through bailouts, “stimulus” packages, a trillion-dollar health care plan, “jobs bills,” massive
expansions of the money supply, and much more. But such interventionism did not suddenly materialize with the
recent collapse. The dangerous trends of government growth, debt increases, encroachments on individual liberty,
and attacks on the free market began years earlier and continued no matter which political party was in power.
This shift toward statism “will not end happily,” declares bestselling author Thomas E. Woods. In Back on the
Road to Serfdom, Woods brings together ten top scholars to examine why the size and scope of government has
exploded, and to reveal the devastating consequences of succumbing to the statist temptation.
Spanning history, economics, politics, religion, and the arts, Back on the Road to Serfdom shows:
How government interventionism endangers America’s prosperity and the vital culture of
The roots of statism: from the seminal conflict between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton to
the vast expansion of federal power in the twentieth century
Why the standard explanation for the recent economic crisis is so terribly wrong—and why the
government’s frenzied responses to the downturn only exacerbate the problems
Why the European welfare state is not a model to aspire to but a disaster to be avoided
How an intrusive state not only harms the economy but also imperils individual liberty and undermines
the role of civil society
The fatal flaws in the now-common arguments against free markets and free trade
How big business is helping government pave the road to serfdom
Why the Judeo-Christian tradition does not demand support for the welfare state, but in fact values
the free market
How the arrogance of government power extends even to the cultural realm—and how central
planning is just as inefficient and destructive there
It’s been more than sixty-five years since F. A. Hayek published his seminal work The Road to Serfdom.
Now this impeccably timed book provides another desperately needed warning about—and corrective to—
the dangers of statism.
ROLLBACK: REPEALING BIG GOVERNMENT BEFORE THE COMING FISCAL CALLAPSE
Author: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
America is on the brink of financial collapse. Decades of political overpromising and underfunding have created a
wave of debt that could swamp our already feeble economy. And the politicians’ favorite tricks—raising taxes,
borrowing from foreign governments, and printing more money—will only make it worse. Only one thing might
save us: Roll back the government.
In Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, Thomas E. Woods, Jr. explains that we
may still have a chance to avert total economic disaster—but only by completely changing our understanding of
government. With bracing candor, he dissects just how the political class has nearly destroyed America’s economy.
In Rollback, you’ll learn:
Why practically everything you’ve been taught about government and the economy is wrong—the product of liberal
How the Federal Reserve helps create crises and slows recovery
Why big business is no ally in rolling back government and actually wants and needs big government intervention
in the marketplace
How current policies, if unchecked, will lead to the collapse of the dollar
How government policies have driven the skyrocketing costs of health care
Why retirement will be a pipe dream for the next generation
How the coming collapse can be turned to your advantage—and the advantage of all who believe in liberty and
Thanks to decades of politicians playing kick the can down the road, we and our children are facing economic
Armageddon. But this crisis could help us see government for what it really is—an institution that has seized our
wealth and taught our children to honor it as the source of all progress. The good news is it’s not too late to roll
back government—and the opportunity to do so is now.
THE REAL LINCOLN
Author: Thomas J. Dilorenzo
Forward By: Walter E. Williams
A New Look At Abraham Lincoln - His Agenda and an Unnecessary War
William Manchester used the phrase 'American Caesar' to describe General Douglas MacArthur, but it applies much
more fittingly to Abraham Lincoln, America's first (and God willing only) full-fledged military dictator. The
gravedigger of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln buried the founders' Union as completely as Lenin buried the
Romanovs. And like Lenin, Lincoln built an empire on bayonets, brutality, and centralized power. As historian
Richard Bensel (quoted by Thomas DiLorenzo in the introduction to this book) wrote, any student of the American
state should begin his reading with 1865. Whatever happened before then no longer has any relevance.
DiLorenzo's little book began rocking conservative and libertarian circles even before its publication, proving what
someone once said, that the way to tell the difference between the two schools of thought is to ask them what they
think about Lincoln. To the outrage of the fans of centralized government, DiLorenzo is not only an excellent writer
but a skilled researcher too. Votaries of Saint Abraham's iconic image have an awful lot of 'splainin' to do. In fact,
as DiLorenzo notes, much of the writing on Lincoln over the decades has been exactly this: historians rationalizing
Lincoln's decidedly un-godlike words and deeds. Whether a reader is willing to see through this fog depends on
how open she is to challenging established 'truths.'
Lincoln's defenders often employ the slander that criticizing the Great Emancipator is the moral equivalent of
But history shows that slavery ended around the world during that era, and no place required the bloody war
Lincoln waged. DiLorenzo proves that throughout his life, up to and including the War, Lincoln's driving force was
his devotion to Henry Clay's 'American System' of internal improvement, nationalized banking, and a powerful
central government. As DiLorenzo shows, a confederacy of states exercising their (previously unquestioned) right
to secession would have been an intolerable obstacle to Lincoln's driving ambition.
DiLorenzo also catalogues Lincoln's wartime offenses against the Constitution, the people (North and South alike),
the Southern states, and the very 'Union' he was allegedly trying to save. If for no other reason than Lincoln's
deliberate strategy of waging war against civilians -- DiLorenzo shows that the policy came straight from Lincoln's
own hand -- it's hard to deny historian Lee Kennett's conclusion (quoted on page 197-198) that a victorious
Confederacy would have been entirely justified in executing Abraham Lincoln for crimes against humanity.
Most damning to the modern myth of Lincoln as a man tormented by America's original sin of slavery, DiLorenzo
shows that the Great Emancipator never in his life accepted the fundamental equality of all persons. Until his
death, he denied that free African-Americans could be assimilated into the US population. His solution was to
'return' all blacks, even native-born ones, to their 'homeland' of West Africa, or exile them to the Caribbean or
Like the statue in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Abraham Lincoln's towering reputation stands on feet of clay, propped
up by generations of myth-making, political opportunism, and -- yes -- lies. But nothing so fundamentally flawed
can long endure. Toppling the Lincoln of myth is essential not only for recovering the promise of America's
founding, but also for healing the social fractures spreading since his death. Thomas DiLorenzo has not only written
an excellent book, but has performed a valuable and necessary service.
Author: Thomas J. Dilorenzo
What You Are Not Supposed To Know About Dishonest Abe
Far from being a "laughable screed," as claimed by the curiously anonymous Publishers Weekly editor above,
Lincoln Unmasked is a serious, scholarly work. Only a thoroughly biased, ignorant critic would pen such a
characterization, and his or her opinion should simply be ignored.
If you look at what Lincoln did -- as opposed to what he said -- it is hard to refute DiLorenzo's portrayal. Just take
the single premise that despite the south's attack on Fort Sumter, it was Lincoln who declared war on his
countrymen. Think about it for a moment. What kind of leader sends troops to kill his fellow citizens? Even
assuming that the south wasn't maneuvered and provoked into the attack (it was), and that there were casualties
at Ft. Sumter (there were not), what would a reasonable person -- let alone a leader -- do in response? Would a
reasonable person try to understand what had happened, to meet with the "attackers" -- or would he immediately
say "kill them"? Would a great President negotiate with states who wanted to leave the Union, to keep them in the
fold -- or would he declare "stay or die," and plunge the entire nation into conflict? Would he try to keep chaos and
calamity to a minimum -- or condemn 600,000 to death in a ghastly internecine war, which he personally micro-
Just considering that one premise -- and there are many, many more that cast Lincoln in an extremely negative
light -- it is difficult to understand how anyone, let alone so-called academics, could consider Lincoln a great
President, or even a decent human being. The group of "Lincoln scholars" who idolize him can, indeed, be labeled a
cult, because their adulation is based not on Lincoln's deeds, but on an "ends justifies the means" rationale that
"he saved the Union," regardless of cost. It is similar to the reverence of dogs for their master -- it is not based on
logic and truth, but on a mindless devotion to a higher power or concept. Those who praise "Father Abraham,"
while ignoring or obfuscating the unpleasant truths about him, deserve nothing but contempt, and DiLorenzo
My only complaints with the book are that it could be longer, and it presents only one side. There is no attempt to
analyze possible thought-processes which might have led to Lincoln's specific actions. Of course, this is not the
author's purpose, which is to offer a "prosecutor's brief" in response to the Lincoln cultists, and in this DiLorenzo
succeeds quite well.
THE CONSTITUTION IN EXILE
Author: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
How the Federal Government Has Seized Power By
Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land
Have you ever wondered: How or why it is a "federal issue" how big your toilet bowl is, or how fast you drive your
car? Why does the "federal" Congress decide what your own state's drinking age is? Why does Congress purport to
regulate whether Major League Baseball allows steroids or not? Why should the "federal" government bail out
bankrupt savings and loans when other bankrupt business must just suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous
fortune? How are any of these "federal issues"? Moreover, why does the "federal" government monitor what you
read at your local library, whether you can grow medicinal marijuana at home, the amount of alcohol you can have
before driving, what you send in the mail, and what "precise" test scores your child's school must receive so it
won't be "left behind" under federal guidelines for neighborhood school education?
Wait a minute -- did I just say "federal" guidelines for neighborhood school education? -- Um, yes, we are there,
people. Although neighborhood schools are the ultimate sacred cow, the greatest "local control" voter issue, we are
already at the point where the feds regulate and monitor the performance of your neighborhood public school,
thanks to the Hall Monitor in Chief's "No School Left Behind Act" (the greatest example to date of a federal
mandate/no pay act). How sad is that?
We are also "there" at many other horribly excessive instances of federal government overreaching and abuse
which Judge Napolitano explores in his powerful new book, "The Constitution in Exile."
If you have any inkling of state's rights or local control left in your heart (or mind), you will join me (and Judge
Napolitano) in asking, why should the federal government be able to regulate what I grow in my backyard? Well,
they sure can, as this book will show you. Why is it a federal concern how products are manufactured at my local
furniture shop? You better believe it is! How can the feds seize my bank records, my library reading history, my
mail and other personal records -- all without a warrant as I thought was required by the Fourth Amendment to the
Constitution? Well, they can, my dear, and you need look no further than the Patriot Act and the Bush
Administration's abuses of power to see it in practice.
The federal government has no respect for the boundaries on its power that were set by the Constitution - and it
hasn't for a very, very, long, long time. The Bush Administration is only the latest extreme example of the
contempt that those in power have for the very Source of their power, the Constitution, but it has long been this
way, as the feds have gathered, expanded and increased federal power, from the time of Abe Lincoln to FDR to LBJ
to the worst offender of all, GWB.
If you are fed up with the federal government Leviathan and want to re-affirm the limits placed on the federal
government's power by the Constitution, you must read this book. It will educate you and remind you of the proper
role of our "federal" government as it explores and reveals the many ways in which that government has betrayed
its origins and exceeded its powers. This book is truly must reading for anyone who believes in our federalist
system of a limited and enumerated federal government.
Author: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
What Happens When the Government Breaks its Own Laws
Our country is in danger. Our children may not know freedom in their adult lives. When you ignore the Constitution
or interpret it dishonestly you are then at the whim of every left and right winger who want to use government to
suit their cause. Many progressives (actually socialists) just won't get honest enough to say they want to throw
away the constitution. They're at the pre-stage of that where they put down the people who wrote it. Thankfully
Judge Napolitano gives us a great history of crucial times and cases that started leading us away from the intent of
the constitution. He gives us background to what the founders intended, and lots of good examples from the
current day which heralds the demise of our freedom with the exile of the constitution. He also includes the actual
Constitution in its entirety and some suggestions as to how we can fight to stay a free nation. It's well written, an
enjoyable read, and since they evidently don't teach this in school anymore it should be passed around for
everyone to read. It will help define who we are and give ammunition against the collective beehive globalists that
want to lead us into their visionary utopia, which will actuate as fascism. The constitution was written to protect
the people from big government. Now we have people who want government to do everything for us even at the
loss of individual freedom. Educate yourself to stay free, please read this book.
A NATION OF SHEEP
Author: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Does the federal government really follow its own laws? Can the federal government really disobey the constitution
in hopes of preserving the union's security? No, claims Judge Andrew Napolitano in his latest work A Nation Of
Sheep. Napolitano asserts that the citizen's of the United States have been acting like sheep for quite some time
now. All in the name of security, the people of the United States have been passive as the government strips them
of their rights guaranteed to them in their own constitution. The Judge doesn't just blame the current executive,
but traces the abuse all the way back to the revered Abraham Lincoln.
To understand much of Napolitano's reasoning for rejecting the idea that the government can "take" away our
freedoms to provide us security, he starts off his work with a chapter entitled "Where Does Freedom Come From?"
This particular chapter outlines a theory which is dubbed natural law. "Natural law," writes Napolitano, "states that
because all humans desire freedom from artificial restraint, and because all human beings yearn to be free, our
freedoms stem from our very humanity, and ultimately from the Creator of humanity" (p.2). Judge Napolitano
suggests that the idea that government can take away our freedoms gives the notion that the government gave us
our freedom; however, according to natural law, our freedoms come from God, and not the government. Whether
the reader is a theist or not, the Judge provides ample examples of what the founding fathers thought about the
subject; even Jefferson, probably the least religious of all the founding fathers, seemed to have supported the
natural law theory. The Judge urges the reader to the Declaration of Independence, authored by Thomas Jefferson,
which is showered with references of a deity from which our freedoms stem. Even if the reader isn't a religious
person, the Judge argues that it is in our very nature to be free. So, say the reader doesn't believe in the divine, he
or she could certainly agree it is in our nature to be free. A firm understanding of the natural law theory is
necessary for the reader to, if not agree, at least understand Judge Andrew Napolitano's angst towards the policies
of our federal government.
Although Napolitano spends the vast majority of his work dedicated to criticizing the current policies of our
government, he reserves a good portion briefing the reader on some of the past abuses posed on the American
people. Very briefly, Napolitano attacks even the very beginning's of our country's infancy. He specifically mentions
the Alien and Sedition Acts passed by the Federalists. However, Napolitano pays special attention on the abuses
carried out by Abraham Lincoln. Either because the Judge is particularly upset with the way Lincoln is viewed as a
hero, or because he really does believe that Lincoln was more of a dictator than a president of a republic, the Judge
shows no positive bias for the president. A fact that our school's conveniently overlook, Judge Napolitano points out
that " During the Civil War, [Abraham] Lincoln closed down newspapers across the country and seized telegraph
lines so as to censor communications that he perceived as threats to his war effort"(p.30). Not only did Lincoln
close down newspapers, but he even banished a congressman named Clement Vallandingham from Ohio! All this,
according the Napolitano, for calling Lincoln a monster and a tyrant, which he was, at least in Judge Napolitano's
assessment. As plain as day, the first amendment states that congress shall make no law abridging the peoples
free speech. Lincoln, as far as Napolitano is concerned, showed no respect to his oath of office of President of the
United States, after all, the constitution exists in the good times as well as the dire periods.
Truly, Judge Napolitano doesn't let ideology get in the way of his assault on certain president's abuses of power; he
reveals to his reader the faults of the Democrats most loved president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. He slams Roosevelt
for an executive order he signed called the "War Powers Act." The War Powers Act gave Roosevelt the power to
monitor international communications during World War Two. This act, according to The Honorable Judge
Napolitano, is also blatantly unconstitutional. Napolitano sights a few more acts carried out by Roosevelt, including
expediting Japanese Americans to prison camps, all to show his audience that infidelity to the United States
Constitution is not something just as of recent times, but, indeed, dates way back, in many times, to some of our
most beloved leaders.
However, Napolitano's bulk of criticism is aimed at the current occupants of the Federal Government. Not only has
the executive branch had, he also blamed congress for passing unconstitutional laws. This is a breath of fresh air in
today's political atmosphere where Democrats always blame Republicans and vice versa.
Never forgetting to mention the prophecies pronounced by George Orwell in his book 1984, Napolitano's only
objection to Orwellian world is the date he predicted it to happen. Living in post-September eleventh America,
Napolitano implies that America has reached the epitome of suppression. In A Nation of Sheep, Judge Napolitano
claims that the government dropped the ball when it declared terrorism, not al-Qaeda, it's enemy. The Judge
claims that this was the prerequisite to the stripping of American's most basic civil liberties. Now, in the wake of
September eleventh, America has an enemy not bound by "geography, ideology, or state authority"(p.65). The
reader might object, thinking to him or herself, that terrorism is bad, and the government should do anything in its
power to eliminate it; however, Napolitano doesn't advocate a free pass to terrorism; simply, he believes the
government uses this new enemy as a means of increasing its power, and abusing the constitution. Much of his
book covers the deceptively named Patriot Act. Napolitano implies that the bill was posted only fifteen minutes
before the vote was taken under the pretensions that there wasn't time to read it, and now, the federal
government can search your home or office without going to a judge, required by the constitution, and without you
knowing until after the search has been conducted. Judge Napolitano also exposes that the government didn't stop
with terrorism investigations, particular sections can be used in criminal investigations! Whether the reader agrees
with him or not, the Judge makes it very clear to the reader that the vast majority of the so-called Patriot Act is not
only unconstitutional, but also morally wrong.
Napolitano doesn't just stop at blaming the government for abolishing our God given rights; he actually goes into
how ineffective the government can be when people become dependent on them for security. As far as airport
security goes, he seems to hold particular hostility towards the government. Reporting on the TSA's lists of what
can and cannot be brought onto an airplane, Napolitano points out "Gel-filled bras and fluids with medical
use(including, specifically, K-Y Jelly) are exempt from the three ounce limit imposed on most fluids at the security
gates. The TSA goes into bizarre detail, permitting sabers and meat cleavers, for example, in checked luggage, but
prohibiting water"(p.123). It's hard to believe, but the Judge provides ample proof for his claims; however,
forasmuch as Judge Napolitano bashes the government for its ineffectiveness, a clever mind would be quick to
point out that since September eleventh two-thousand one, the United States has been free of domestic attacks.
To the Judges credit though, he does somewhat answer this objection with a quote from Patrick Henry, "Give me
liberty, or give me death." It's hard to tell how many of his readers would actually prefer death over some of their
freedoms being briefly suspended, but the Judge makes it clear that much of our founding fathers held the belief
that freedom and security are not to be balanced; because, if we lose the values that this country was founded on,
then we truly have nothing left to defend.
The rest of Judge Napolitano's book is showered with seemingly countless circumstances where the government
has abused its power, stripped Americans of their freedoms, and legislators breaking their oath of office. After
citing a slew of facts and numbers, the Judge urges the American people to stop following their shepherds, and
start acting more like wolves. Wolves, claims Judge Napolitano, can think for themselves, and don't trust that the
shepherds always look out for their best interest.
In hindsight, this reviewer found that the Judge did a superb job of keeping his work readable, without dumbing it
down to an elementary level. The Judge does describe himself as a pro-life libertarian; with that, he refrains from
showing any obvious bias towards the right or the left. Whether it is the president, the legislators, or even the
judges that refuse to do their jobs as defined in the constitution, Napolitano doesn't give anyone a free pass. It's
refreshing for any American to read a book where its author actually respects the rule of the land, the freedom this
nation was founded on, and the ideas of our founding fathers. In this reviewer's mind, A Nation Of Sheep should be
required reading for anyone that wishes to hit the polls in November, of course, that is to be taken only half
LIES THE GOVERNMENT TOLD YOU
Author: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Forward By: Congressman Ron Paul
Myth, Power, and Deception in American History
I have read many books on the subject but Judge Napolitano's is by far the best. I was sad to read that some other
reviewers had a hard time or were confused reading it (all less than 5 star reviews) because I found it very
straightforward. In plain language, the author summarizes the history of court cases that have taken away all of
our "self-evident" rights. But you don't need to memorize cases to intelligently discuss the issues. For those of you,
like myself, who keep a pocket copy of the Constitution handy, I will now keep a list of the lies on hand for when I
discuss philosophy and politics with my friends and co-workers. Ask this question to get a spirited discussion
started: "From your personal experience, is Judge Napolitano correct when he says the Federal Government lies to
us?" I would like to see an honest jurist of Judge Napolitano's caliber nominated for the Supreme Court. These are
the lies the author proved our governments tells us:
1. All Men Are Created Equal
2. All Men...Are Endowed by Their Creator with Certain Inalienable Rights
3. Judges Are Like Umpires
4. Every Vote Counts
5. Congress Shall Make No Law...Abridging the Freedom of Speech
6. The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed
7. Your Body is Your Temple
8. The Federal Reserve Shall Be Controlled by Congress
9. It's Only a Temporary Government Program
10. I'm from the Government, and I'm Here to Help
11. We Are Winning the War on Drugs
12. Everyone Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty
13. The Constitution Applies in Good Times and in Bad Times
14. Your Boys Are Not Going to Be Sent into any Foreign Wars
15. We Don't Torture
16. The Right of the People to be Secure in Their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects Shall Not Be Violated.
17. America Has a Free Market
BRAVE NEW WORLD
Author: Aldous Huxley
As critic and best-selling author Neil Postman points out so well in the introduction to his book "Amusing Ourselves
To Death", we have congratulated ourselves prematurely by figuring we made it past the totalitarian nightmare
state depicted in George Orwell's gripping cautionary tale "1984". Perhaps, Postman suggest, we should remember
another visionary totalitarian nightmare scenario and use it to critically examine the contemporary state of social
and psychological well-being. Of course he was referring to Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World, written before
Orwell's by 15 or so years, and even more frightening in its own way in the world it describes. More and more, that
frightening vision looks like our contemporary world.
Picture his ironic portrait of a populace doped into Nirvana on "soma" (read Prozac and Zoloft), isolated and
diverted by petty preoccupations in mindless trivial pursuits (read video games and internet surfing to all the porno
sites), oblivious to anything not directly pertaining to themselves and totally unaware of the degree to which they
are being socially, economically, and politically co-opted. Beginning to sound more familiar? Remember, says
Huxley, brute force is not the only method an oligarchy can use to influence, manage, and finally control our hard-
won freedoms and liberties; it can be done with over-indulgence and the deliberate fertilization and promulgation
of apathy through self-absorption, as well.
Even Huxley says (circa 1960, almost 30 years after the original publication) in the preface of the revised version
of the book that he is alarmed as to how quickly the sort of events he figured might take a hundred years such as
the appearance of political internationalism and transnational corporate entities are already arising and beginning
to control more and more of the substance of our social, economic, and political lives. Just how much do we know
other than what we hear and see on television, for example? Yet the electronic media is owned and managed by
transnational corporations. Ever wonder why we never heard much muckraking news coverage of the NAFTA or
GATT deals even though many recognized the two bills would radically change the nature of international trade?
Perhaps the transnational’s didn't want too much hype or fuss. Starting to feel uncomfortable yet? Still, people
keep insisting this was just a whimsical work of fiction, that it was a parable, that he really wasn't serious.
Want to find out more? Read this book, but do so slowly, taking notes, recognizing how many contemporary
parallels there are to each of the "whimsical details" he conjures up, and then figure out in your own mind how
very close he was to prognosticating just how far we have come toward the "Brave New World" in which everyone's
soul and awareness is for sale. The kids are wowed by the recent movie The Matrix", yet few appreciate just how
much of a fabled existence we are already living in. No pain, no sorrow, no trouble of any kind. Instead, we have
our individual and collective consciousness "managed" pharmaceutically; our psyches eased into blithering bliss
with "soma", our diminishing attention spans sidetracked and occupied by petty diversions and endless
entertainments. Pass me the corndogs, honey!
But, hey! Don't touch that dial; Regis is on! They may retry OJ! What did Bill Clinton really do with that cigar? Have
you seen the latest news about the stock market? Did you get any of that new beer they're advertising? It's
supposed to make me a real ladies man....What's the latest gadget? Can I buy one on-line? By the way, where are
the kids? Hell, never mind, just turn up the volume. I think I know the answer to that question Regis just asked...
Meanwhile, folks, our awareness of what is going on around us, our rights and our liberties are being power-
washed away, obliterated, and we cannot even see it happening in front of us. We are diverted, distracted, content
in our own little worlds. So welcome to our nightmare. Better beware; it just looks like Nirvana. It's really another
"Brave New World".
BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED
Author: Aldous Huxley
That is the message which Huxley conveys through this follow-up to his masterpiece, Brave New World. Huxley's
observations of modern day mind control methods, brainwashing, and propaganda are chilling. What is even more
chilling is that this book was written in 1958, one can imagine what advances in these dark sciences man has taken
since then. A key point in this book is that if a totalitarian state is going to exist in the present day it will almost
surely be more like Huxley's Brave New World, rather than Orwell's 1984. The main reason for this is that whereas
Orwell's society revolves around the threat of violence, torture, and death, Huxley's revolves around the reward
system. Huxley's Brave New World lulls the masses to sleep so that they have no idea that their freedom is being
taken away. Huxley predicts that we will drug people who are even slightly out of the norm for "mental illnesses"
(does Prozac ring a bell?). He predicts that valuable information, information necessary for the preservation of
freedom, will be subtly, very subtly, taken away from the masses while replacing it with a seemingly terrific reward
(does television ring a bell?). Huxley's most frightening premise in this book is that the individual (what he and
others identify as "The Great Man") is being done away with by modern "science". He recapitulates for us the great
debate between the behaviorist psychologists (like Watson and Skinner) and the philosopher psychologist William
James. Skinner and company believe that the individual is powerless over his environmental influences while James
strongly believes in the idea of "The Great Man". (In other words did Elizabethan England create Shakespeare's
plays or did Shakespeare create his plays?) Huxley tells us the bad news in bulk before getting to the obvious
question what can we do? His answer can be summarized in one word, THINK!!! Think, debate, and don’t accept
the packaged and marketed ideas that are given to you like a McDonald’s cheeseburger. In Huxley's words,
educate yourself for freedom. And you can start by reading a copy of this book. If your local bookstore doesn't
have one, then for God's sake, for all of our sakes, find a copy quick.
Author: George Orwell
Written as a parable, ANIMAL FARM offers the cautionary tale of Manor Farm, owned by Mr. Jones, who proves a
poor manager and who treats the farm animals poorly. Emboldened by the dreams of a long-lived, much
respected, and recently deceased pig named Major, the farm animals rebel, throw Mr. Jones out, and seize the
property. The will run the farm to suit themselves, and none will go hungry, none will be mistreated, and all
animals will live equally as brothers.
It is a fine dream--indeed, it mirrors mankind's most cherished hopes for civilization. But history teaches us that
where the opportunity for exploitation exists there is no shortage of those to take advantage of it. Little by little the
clever pigs, led by Napoleon, rise to power. And the other animals are too trusting and often too ignorant to see
that they have merely exchanged one task master for another.
ANIMAL FARM is often described as a satire on communist Russia. That is certainly true, and readers who have
some knowledge of the history of the Russian Soviet will be quick to recognize the parodies of Karl Marx, Lenin,
and Trotsky, among others. But Orwell cuts considerably deeper than this. Russia may have been the starting
point, but in truth the parable of ANIMAL FARM can be applied to any culture where political leaders manipulate the
public through a mixture of unreasonable hope, media "spin," and irrational fear to remain in power.
As such, ANIMAL FARM remains as disquieting today as it was more than half a century ago. And we can be sure
that, in nations where power becomes centered in the hands of the few, it will continue to be among the first
novels banned when that power becomes absolute.
Author: George Orwell
Winston Smith, member of the Outer Party, a small, petty cog in the great machination of "Big Brother", tries to
step out from the shadow of his life in George Orwell's now masterpiece, "1984". Written over 50 years ago, this
book was to serve several purposes, one being a warning to the present that a future like this, however fantastic
and unbelievable, could be in the making should we allow for it to happen.
Winston leads the dull life of a worker, not encouraged to think, or dream, for feel for himself. His whole life must
be driven to support the Party, which promulgates an apparent non-entity Big Brother as the supreme one.
Winston early on shows the spark of individuality that the Party so wants to extinguish; by daring to write a journal
on his own, he seals his fate early in the story. Soon he meets Julia, another worker, who charms and dares him
even further to encourage having an affair. Together they make a lethal pair, and some lethal decisions, which lead
to the great climax in the Ministry of Love.
What lies in the story is an amazing prophecy of government gone mad. The Party believes in creating present
truths by writing and rewriting the past on its whim. The Party understands in order to control the people it must
control the language, thereby, creating "Newspeak". The Party makes people simply vanish, eradicating them from
existence. The Party realizes the people who follow are merely plebeians in society, and therefore, should be
encouraged to not think for themselves. In fact, the Party is able to directly lie to the people, using "doublethink",
where they say one thing but mean the other.
How much of Orwell's nightmare is something that can be true today? Do we have a government out of control,
one that manipulates information for its own benefit, to justify war, ensure fear and terror reigns over the country;
one that illegally detains people without trial, right to counsel, or even being charged with a crime; one that wants
to extensively monitor our personal phone calls, e-mails, the books we check out of the library, the things we buy
in stores. The dots are there to connect them; the challenge is, will you dare to do it, like Winston Smith dared?
I believe 1984 is ultimately a hopeful book. Orwell wants to challenge humanity, that during times of crisis, we are
able to rise up and change things, so the fateful prophecy so nobly and horrifyingly espoused in 1984, will only stay
between the covers of the book. The choice is up to us.
Author: Ray Bradbury
When I began teaching three years ago, I was required to teach this book. Having never read it before, I began
reading it just before our winter break. As I soaked up the story of the book, I realized my students were already
living it. They begged me daily, "Ms. Hill, why do we have to read this stupid book? Can't we just watch the
movie?" As I got deeper and deeper into the book, I grew increasingly depressed about the future of the world.
Then I realized: Bradbury has given me a picture of what might be, if we are not careful. His book written nearly
fifty years ago peers just twenty minutes into the future now. Technological developments he had no name for
then, are very real today. For example, his seashell radio is clearly the walkman many of us see pressed in the
ears of teenagers daily. TV screens are growing larger and larger and flat screens with HDTV are on the market
now. The next step is clearly the full wall television of Mildred's parlor. Robot dogs like Aibo are just a hop skip and
a jump away from the dreaded hound.
But this is a future preventable, maybe, but, if popular culture is constantly valued above thoughtful consideration
and education, we'll march right into a land of burning books and intellectualism on the run.
Bradbury's book made me feel defiant. They could never take my books from me. They could burn me with them if
they want, but that's what it'll take before I give up my freedom to think for myself.
And as for my students, they remind me every day what an uphill battle I have been sent to fight.
DRUG WAR CRIMES
Author: Jeffrey A. Miron
The Consequences of Prohibition
Any objective observer can see that the United States' war on drugs is an epic failure. On the positive side, various
states are taking the initiative in legalizing medical marijuana. On the other hand, the federal government still
hasn't learned its lesson for decades. Short (107 pages), succinct, and backed by hard data, Miron's book presents
a highly detailed critique of the U.S. government's war on drugs and the vast harm it has wrought. In addition, he
makes the case for the only right alternative: full legalization of all drugs. Even if one doesn't agree with this
conclusion, skeptics should read this book and understand that the approach and consequences of the status quo
DRUGS: AMERICA'S HOLY WAR
Author: Arthur Benavie
Using the best scientific evidence, Drugs: America's Holy War explores the impact and cost of America’s
"War on Drugs" – both in tax spending and in human terms. Is it possible that US drug policies are
helping to proliferate, not prevent, a multitude of social ills including: homicide, property crime, the
spread of AIDS, the contamination of drugs, the erosion of civil liberties, the punishment of thousands
of non-violent people, the corruption of public officials, and the spending of billions of tax dollars in an
attempt to prevent certain drugs from entering the country?
In this controversial new book, award-winning economist Arthur Benavie analyzes the research
findings and argues that an end to the war on drugs, much as we ended alcohol prohibition, would
yield enormous international benefits, destroy dangerous and illegal drug cartels, and allow the
American government to refocus its attention on public well-being.
Author: Joel Miller
How the War against Drugs is Destroying America
The war against drugs was supposed to make America better, right? It failed. Not only does the drug war fail to
keep Americans from using drugs, but its crackdown tactics also produce bigger problems than it promises to
solve. In this fearlessly audacious book, Joel Miller shows that drug prohibition creates tremendous amounts of
crime and corruption, helps finance anti-American terrorists, makes a joke out of U.S. border security, chips away
at constitutional liberties, militarizes law enforcement, and jails hundreds of thousands of Americans. And for what?
A bigger, more intrusive government that cares less and less about individual rights. Told in a bold,
uncompromising style, Miller's book reveals the true and terrible nature of the war on drugs and also, just as
importantly, informs readers about what they can do to kick the drug-war habit.
"Miller nails it," says Larry Elder, host of ABC Radio's nationally syndicated Larry Elder Show and best-selling
author. "He powerfully and persuasively articulates the folly, the harm and the unconstitutionality of our
government's War against Drugs." And says Judge Andrew P. Napolitano of Fox News, "If you are interested in our
freedoms or fearful of the government destroying human lives and wasting tax dollars on another American
Prohibition, read this book and send a copy to every lawmaker and judge you know."
If you want to understand the drug problem in America, you first need to know how the government is making it
worse. Bad Trip is the place to start.
A DRUG WAR CAROL
Authors: Susan W. Wells & Scott Bieser
When it comes to sharing my viewpoints on America's "War on Drugs", I have always struggled with replying to the
simplistic catchphrases which seem to come from those who are blind to the destruction caused by this politically
and economically motivated war. As such, it was with great pleasure to find this little gem.
Through a narrative employing Charles Dickens' classic storyline, "A Drug War Carol" comprehensively, yet
succinctly covers the often ignored/suppressed history that gave rise to this immoral and self-serving--but
significant--U.S. policy. From its inception during 1920s prohibition, the war on (some) drugs (and some users) has
been waged with zeal and corruption, and in the process, has eradicated the Bill of Rights. In the past 80 years,
our country (and many other countries which the U.S. can influence or control) has suffered, while arrogant and
power-hungry politicians continually feed this monster with our tax-dollars, and in exchange, give us half-truths,
exaggerations, or just outright lies.
Trying to explain this to others however, is challenging. This is simply because most of us have lived our whole life
eagerly lapping up this propaganda.
Author: Mike Gray
A Gripping Account of the Stunning Violence, Corruption, and Chaos that have Characterized
America’s Drug War; How We Got into this Mess and How We can Get Out
It's amazing that something as utterly futile and damaging to society as the war on drugs can be escalated year
after year and receives so little resistance from the public at large. Our government seems obsessed with repeating
the social disaster of alcohol prohibition on a much grander scale than in the 1920's. We've learned nothing in the
past 80 years.
This book scares me. It provides insight into the lengths that our government will go to suppress information,
discussion, and research which even suggests that there might be workable common-sense alternatives to the War
On Drugs. If the people that founded our country could see what's been done to their beloved Constitution in the
name of "protecting society", they would be sick. In order to get tough on crime we need to eliminate the black-
market and those criminals who become rich and powerful from it. LEGALIZATION - REGULATION - EDUCATION -
REHABILITATION. These are our only hopes for a solution and anyone with even a basic understanding of the
problem knows this. The War on Drugs is essentially a domestic Viet-Nam which is being fought against our own
Read this book and be afraid.......be very afraid.
Edited By: Timothy Lynch
Foreword By: Milton Friedman
An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century
Politicians (especially of the conservative stripe) have long sought to frame the drug war debate as between those
who condemn drug use (Drug Czars like William Bennett) and those who advocate drug use (counterculture gurus
like the late Timothy Leary). This book reframes the debate and makes the sensible point that drug use may be
unhealthy and unwise, but it does not follow that a person who uses drugs should be branded a "criminal" and sent
This book is better than some of the posted reviews would suggest. Constitutional experts explain in layman's
terms how the drug war undermines the Bill of Rights, federalism, and civil liberties. Governor Gary Johnson,
Republican of New Mexico, has the guts to not only admit to his own past drug use, but to speak candidly about
how the drug war makes everything worse, not better. Almost all other politicians engage in endless blather about
how "we need to protect kids" (as if anyone opposed to the war wants harm to come to the children). Best of all,
police officers step forward to attest that their experience confirms that the drug war should be ended.
If you are looking for a scientific book on how marijuana and cocaine affect the brain, yes, you need to look
elsewhere. But if you want a readable critique of current policy, this is a good primer.
Authors: Michael F. Cannon & Michael D. Tanner
Forward By: George P. Shultz
What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It
The health care debate has reached a new crescendo in America as of late. It is due to the rapid escalating costs of
health care while the quality of health care has had some noticeable decline in some areas. Currently, health care
insurance is very expensive if you have to purchase it without an employer or some sort of government assistance:
Health care premiums have slowly moved beyond the reach of more and more Americans. Additionally, the looming
financial crisis in Medicare as baby boomers start to retire will require some sort of large scale reform.
Michael Cannon and Michael Tanner make a convincing and articulate argument for less government intervention in
an industry that is surprisingly dominated, directly and indirectly, by the federal government: They tease away the
layers of state mandates, federal regulation, onerous FDA oversight and overall bureaucratic waste that bloat the
cost of health care in America. Cannon and Tanner proceed to elucidate the reform needed to stem the rising tide
of cost while improving the general quality of patient care. Most of the reforms involve an overhaul in federal tax
codes, expansion of HSA programs, eliminating the monopoly that the FDA enjoys and many others. This book is
well researched, revealing and logical. Please note, there is quite a bit of technical information and a trove of
statistical data in this book. It reads a bit like it was written for policy wonks or academics but still very accessible
to the layman.
Author: Dr. David Gratzer
With A New Preface by the Author
How Capitalism Can Save American
The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care is an excellent resource on health care economics and
the history of health care policy. The author is a free market economist, a physician and a senior fellow at the
Manhattan Institute. The research that went into this book has been endorsed by Milton Friedman (in the
Foreword) so it should be of appeal to free market advocates.
Dr. Gratzer persuasively argues that the fundamental problem with U.S. health care is too much government
regulation. To argue this, Dr. Gratzer first notes how the employer-based health coverage arose as an unintended
side effect of a tax law, which allowed employers to write off health care expenditures for their employees.
Moreover, Dr. Gratzer argues that both Democrats and Republicans have both essentially offered more government
regulation as the solution to health care, which has not worked. The Democrats, such as the LBJ Administration,
promoted enormously inefficient programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The Republicans, have promoted
bureaucratic HMOs, which have led to similar large-scale inefficiencies.
Driving this point further, Dr. Gratzer greatly details the harmful economic consequences of government
regulations in health care. For example, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) forbid
hospitals from denying any patient for emergency care. The economic reality is that this leads to hospitals suffering
economic losses by being forced to treat patients, regardless of if they can pay for the care, which ultimately leads
to the closing of hospitals. Furthermore, insurance mandates, such as benefit mandates, rating mandates and bans
on out-of-state insurance, restrict competition and lead to higher insurance premiums. Dr. Gratzer also thoroughly
analyzes the harmful economic consequences of the FDA, Medicare, Medicaid and much more.
This book also dispels many common myths about the quality of U.S. health care. For example, statistics are often
cited to argue that Canadians and/or Europeans have higher life expectancies than U.S. citizens. Dr. Gratzer
argues that such studies mistakenly compare statistics on *health* when they should be on *health care*. There
numerous lifestyle habits that differ between cultures, such as frequency of exercise and diet, which effect health.
Dr. Gratzer proposes examining statistics on cardiac arrest patients, to see which country offers better treatment.
In these respects, Dr. Gratzer argues that the U.S. system is clearly superior to its universal health care
As one can infer, Dr. Gratzer proposes free market solutions to fix American health care. Specifically, he proposes
drastically reducing the various regulatory excesses that he delineates throughout his book as well as embracing
Health Savings Accounts. As always, Dr. Gratzer corroborates his arguments with real-world success stories, such
as the success of Whole Foods' adoption of HSAs for its employees.
THE CRIMINALIZATION OF MEDICINE
Author: Ronald T. Libby
America's War on Doctors
My wife and I are both physicians and I have just started reading this book but cannot believe how well it parallels
our experiences, readings and feelings over the past 20 years as we have watched the slow tortuous decline of
physicians and medical practice. This is not unique to America although it is finding its zenith in America. A friend
of mine from Africa who practices in the US told me his father, who is an African lawyer, told him 25 years ago not
to go into medicine because attorney organizations internationally had declared war on healthcare providers and
gave fair warning to his son not to go there. I've now completed the book and my wife is reading it. First of all it is
very well written and easy to read. It is not too long and I finished it in a couple of days. This is the first organized
work that I have seen about the forces, propaganda and shocking bias that the justice department, congress, the
FBI, OIG, congress and even presidents have viciously applied to healthcare providers. It is no wonder that my wife
and I have felt very deeply that we, as physicians have been made second class citizens by much of the population
and almost all of the lawyers and legal system. There are some areas that could have been more emphasized such
as the role of the numerous health care review organizations set up during the Clinton era, public health programs
set up at many universities to scrutinize in detail every flaw that the microscope of government can focus on
healthcare. Overall I loved this book and hope that further research into the machinery that has been and is
currently working to crush healthcare providers can be revealed. I also feel that many of the current problems in
society have been swept under the carpet while excess time and billions of dollars have been spent scapegoating
healthcare providers. We had a national data bank to track physicians 20 years ago but today have no national
data bank for pedophiles. Go figure. Great book, read it now if you are in, or want to go into healthcare. By the
way I came from a healthcare family and like many of my partners and friends we are near the end of the
CODE NAME KINDRED SPIRIT
Author: Notra Trucock
Inside The Chinese Nuclear Espionage Scandal
To this day, we still do not know the extent of China's penetrations of our nuclear weapons complex. But we do
know that its espionage efforts have obtained highly sensitive, classified data on our most sophisticated warheads
and that it is now beginning to field a new family of long-range nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles based on the
technology that comprised the core of our strategic deterrent. Notra Trulock was Director of Intelligence at the U.S.
Department of Energy throughout the 1990s. In this spellbinding book, he takes us inside the U.S. nuclear labs. He
describes how he came to suspect that Chinese spies were compromising our security and how the trail he followed
led to Wen Ho Lee. Trulock tried to warn the President and Congress. When he was ignored, he blew the whistle,
creating a domestic crisis for the Clinton administration and forcing it finally to address the security breaches in our
nation's nuclear weapons complex. "Code Name KINDRED SPIRIT" takes us directly into the murky world of nuclear
espionage. But it is also a daunting story about the fate of the man who brought the bad news. After the scandal
broke, Trulock found himself the targeted by the Clintonites who resented him for speaking out. He was smeared
as a bigot and a mentally unstable alarmist. When he attempted to tell his side of the story, the FBI tried to silence
him by claiming he had revealed classified data. He was demoted and driven out of government, his career and his
personal reputation ruined. "Code Name KINDRED SPIRIT" tells the inside story of one of the major spy scandals of
recent years. It reads like a Le Carre story told by Franz Kafka.
GUN RIGHTS AFFIRMED
Edited By: Alan Gottlieb
U.S. V. Emerson
Federal Judge Sam Cummings of the Northern District of Texas dismissed an indictment against Timothy Joe
Emerson for possession of a firearm while having a temporary restraining order against him. The judge cited
violations of Emerson's Second and Fifth Amendment rights, and rejected the Government lawyer's claim that it
was "well-settled" that the Second Amendment was only a collective right. This marks the first time in over 60
years that a federal judge has correctly interpreted the Second Amendment as a crucial individual right. This
decision helps protect gun owners from the ever-increasing classes of people prohibited from gun ownership.
Without a court willing to step in and put a halt to this practice, eventually anyone with a parking or speeding ticket
could be prevented from gun ownership.
FORFEITING OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS
Author: Rep. Henry Hyde
Is Your Property Safe From Seizure?
Hyde's disclosure of this little understood but heinous law is excellent. As Hyde explains, under civil forfeiture laws
your private property can be taken without finding you guilty of anything. Sound un-American? You bet! But it is all
legal. Hyde clearly discusses the background and current practices and recommends reform in this area.
ZONING, RENT CONTROL AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Author: William Tucker
The so-called housing problem is not national; it is local. Municipalities practice exclusionary zoning that
prevents cheap, multifamily housing from being built. Municipalities initiate strict building-code enforcement
campaigns that often result in the closing of single-room-occupancy hotels and other cheap housing in inner
cities. And municipalities impose rent control -- the surest way to produce a housing crisis.
William Tucker examines the history of such municipal actions in several California communities and
concludes that zoning and rent control restrict the supply of affordable housing. In cities with rent control
there is an ongoing war between landlords and tenants; lawyer-tenants exploit blue-collar landlords through
tricky legal procedures, and landlords torch their unprofitable, unsalable buildings. Rent control and zoning
are products of the tyranny of the majority that prevent people from exercising their right to buy and sell in a
Zoning, Rent Control and Affordable Housing is a must read for anyone worried about making affordable housing
available to all Americans.
WHERE KEYNES WENT WRONG - AND WHY WORLD GOVERNMENTS KEEP CREATING
INFLATION, BUBBLES, AND BUSTS
Author: Hunter Lewis
In responding to the financial crash of 2008, both the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration have
relied on prescriptions developed by John Maynard Keynes, the most important economist since Marx. But should
we be relying on Keynes? What did Keynes actually say? Did he make his case? Hunter Lewis concludes that he did
not. If Keynes was wrong then so are the economic policies of virtually all world governments today.
ARE THE RICH NECESSARY?
Author: Hunter Lewis
Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values
Are the Rich Necessary? Is not well named, it is actually a collection of economic arguments for and against
different ideas. I found this book entertaining and educational. The format of the book is a little bit odd. The author
will take one point of view for one chapter, then the other point of view in the next chapter. Sometimes he will give
points and counterpoints within the same chapter. He makes a valiant effort to present both sides of the story on
each issue, though you can tell which way he is leaning (or maybe you will just be more sympathetic to one
argument over another.
The book covers a variety of economic arguments, including the role of the rich, different economic philosophies
and whether or not having the Fed is worthwhile (which I had never really thought about, but found his case for
dissolving the Fed very reasonable). This book is a great economic primer on many salient economic issues today
and should be required reading for everyone. It will help you better understand why people argue for the things
that they do. The economics is not too tough, but a little background in economics may be helpful. The only reason
it does not get five stars is that it gets a little slow sometimes, but overall it is a short, easy-to-read book.
MORE GUNS - LESS CRIME
Author: John R. Lott Jr.
Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws
WOODROW WILSON AND THE ROOTS OF MODERN LIBERALISM
Author: Ronald J. Pestritto
Really a magnificent work! It is a well documented, well constructed, scholarly work describing Wilson's
perspective and influence using his own words. This is not a "he said, she said" interpretation but rather the author
goes right to the source: "Philosophy of History," by Hegel, "The State," "Constitutional Government," lecture notes
and other writings of Wilson.
I started highlighting and dog earring every bombshell, surprise, and "Oh My God" I came across and while still in
the introduction I realized I would be dog earring nearly every page! It's not "easy" reading but for someone who
knows and understands the Constitution, this book reads like a Stephen King nightmare. Here's a couple of the
biggest shockers (teasers not spoilers):
Through "historicism" Wilson concluded that the Constitution must be unbolted from the "unalienable rights" of the
Declaration of Independence it embodies and have it basically "float" in context through history. The Constitution
should mean whatever the hell we want it to mean today. He felt that the Constitution should not be anchored in
its old, antiquated 18th century connotation and should be modernized and updated. After all, "slavery" is a term
of revulsion today. Not so in the 18th century. So we can expect a term like "freedom" to mean something different
THAT is a bombshell!
Here's another. Wilson believed and wrote about how we as a society have evolved beyond the need to be wary of
government power. He offers no proof, no explanation just classic "trust me" assumptions. Concerns about too
much centralized power are shrugged off as antiquated thinking. With the government tied closely to the people so
that they (the people) can more intimately communicate the "will of the people" to the president, and with an
educated president answerable to the people, the citizenry need not fear government. The sophomoric naivety of
such a powerful man who rose to the presidency is incredible! Lord Acton ("Power corrupts. And absolute power
corrupts absolutely!") might disagree with Wilson. This idea that government can be a POSITIVE force--that it is a
tool to give the people what they want has some of its origins and most of its empowerment with Wilson. This idea
is alive and well today and is clearly the source of many problems with government.
What I found most disturbing is the parallels I could easily draw between Wilson's writings and today's political
rhetoric. We are most definitely NOT out of the Progressive Era. We are smack in the middle of it!
This is more than enlightening. More than educational. It is important. It should be wide read and common
knowledge. It's the kind of book you should give to a friend to read after you're done.
AMERICAN PROGRESSIVISM – A READER
Edited By: Ronald J. Pestritto & William J. Atto
You've got to wonder how many people would continue to call themselves "Progressives" if they knew what the
core beliefs of that movement were REALLY all about.
Pestritto and Atto have cobbled together excerpts from some of the leading political and intellectual lights of the
early American Progressive movement into one handy reference. In other words, this is a collection of primary
source excerpts -- Progressive leaders in their own written and spoken words. Naturally, our two early progressive
presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, figure prominently. In addition, we get material from such
leading progressives as Charles Beard, Jane Addams, Walter Rauschenbusch, John Dewey, and Herbert Croly.
As a history professor, I found this book an invaluable resource, chock-full of interesting quotes to share with my
students. Many are shocked when they read/hear what the progressive leaders had to say -- even some students
who considered themselves 'progressives' were noticeably knocked a little off-balance ideologically to find out how
much statism, naked power-worship, anti-individualism, contempt for the Constitution and checks & balances,
kooky religious ideas, and racism can be found in the thoughts and words of progressive leaders. I appreciate that
because I try to raise as many questions in my students' minds as I answer, and to challenge their beliefs (by the
way I do the same thing to conservatives when covering other time periods, too.)
The information in this book is a total rebuttal to the standard textbook explanation that the progressives were just
a bunch of people who selflessly wanted to help out the poor and disadvantaged. That's an element of
progressivism, to be sure, but there's a LOT more to it than that, particularly at the levels of political and
This book will give you a much greater understanding of how our system got to be the way it is, why we deviated
in the last century so much from the original focus of our country (which was liberty), and how we instead ended
up with a government dominated by two parties who always and continuously increase federal power, regardless of
pandering rhetoric to the contrary.
Author: Paul Kengor
How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century
In this startling, intensively researched book, bestselling historian Paul Kengor shines light on a deeply troubling
aspect of American history: the prominent role of the “dupe.” From the Bolshevik Revolution through the Cold War
and right up to the present, many progressives have unwittingly aided some of America’s most dangerous
Based on never-before-published FBI files, Soviet archives, and other primary sources, Dupes exposes the legions
of liberals who have furthered the objectives of America’s adversaries. Kengor shows not only how such dupes
contributed to history’s most destructive ideology—Communism, which claimed at least 100 million lives—but also
why they are so relevant to today’s politics.
Shocking reports on how Senator Ted Kennedy secretly approached the Soviet leadership to undermine not one but
two American presidents
Stunning new evidence that Frank Marshall Davis—mentor to a young Barack Obama—had extensive Communist
ties and demonized Democrats
Jimmy Carter’s woeful record dealing with America’s two chief foes of the past century, Communism and Islamism
Today’s dupes, including the congressmen whose overseas anti-American propaganda trip was allegedly financed
by foreign intelligence
How ’60s Marxist radicals—Tom Hayden, Mark Rudd, Jane Fonda, Jeff Jones, Bill Ayers, and more—have suddenly
reemerged as “progressives for Obama”
How Franklin Roosevelt was duped by “Uncle Joe” Stalin—and by a top adviser who may have been a Soviet
agent—despite clear warnings from fellow Democrats
How John Kerry’s accusations that American soldiers committed war crimes in Vietnam may have been the product
of Soviet disinformation
The many Hollywood stars who were duped, including Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Gene
Kelly—and even Ronald Reagan
Soviet records that demonstrate beyond doubt the Communists’ expansionist aims and their targeting of American
liberals, especially academics and the Religious Left
How liberals still defend the same Communists who trashed Democratic icons like Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Harry
Truman, and JFK—and still attack the anti-Communists who tried to spare them from manipulation
Details on many other dupes (and dupers), including Arthur Miller, Dr. Benjamin Spock, John Dewey, H. G. Wells,
George Bernard Shaw, Lillian Hellman, Howard Zinn, Walter Cronkite, and Helen Thomas
Packed with stunning revelations, Dupes shows in frightening detail how U.S. adversaries exploit the American
DEATH BY LIBERALISM: THE FATAL OUTCOME OF WELL-MEANING LIBERAL POLICIES
Author: J. R. Dunn
It is about time someone had the courage to say it. Liberalism kills. J.R. Dunn does an outstanding job of offering a
number of simple examples of how liberal do-goods have failed to consider the consequences their actions. One of
his best is the case of DDT. Rachel Carson NEVER recommended banning DDT. She simply advocated using it in
small amounts. But, of course, that didn't stop the knee-jerks in Washington and so the incidents of malaria went
through the roof. Dunn reminds us that putting up a sign saying "no guns allowed" only directs the criminals to
where victims are the most vulnerable. Liberals claim to be so "people oriented" and compassionate but they are
the first to promote abortion (and state-funded abortion at that), the first to defend criminals and the first to use
aggression. This is a short, easy, entertaining read that every American should investigate.
Author: Jonah Goldberg
The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
Over the past decade, the ideological battle between liberals and conservatives has been fought on the internet
and in the local bookstore. Whether it is Al Franken calling conservatives liars, or Ann Coulter imploring her
followers to refrain from speaking to liberals, the public has been inundated with many opinions from which to
choose. Conservative writer Jonah Goldberg has recently joined the fray with Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of
the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. Though Franken, Coulter, and others like them are long
on opinion and short on truth, Goldberg's contribution is well thought out and based on facts. In Liberal Fascism,
Goldberg traces liberalism from its origins in the nineteenth century through its maturity in the twentieth century
while cleverly showing how it fed off the European Fascism movement. He then brings the reader to the Liberal
Fascism of today.
Although this is Goldberg's first book, he is no stranger to the written word. According to his biography on the web
site National Review Online, where he is an editor, Goldberg is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and his
syndicated column appears in the Chicago Tribune, New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many others. He also
appears as a political commentator on a number of television shows including "Good Morning America," "Larry King
Live," and "Special Report with Brit Hume." Though a writer since his college days, his big break came when he
wrote about the media frenzy surrounding his mother, Lucianne Goldberg and her role in the Monica Lewinsky/Bill
Clinton scandal of the late 1990s. She advised Linda Tripp to tape record her conversations with Lewinsky and to
convince her to save the now-infamous "blue dress."
From the introduction, entitled "Everything You Know About Fascism is Wrong," Goldberg grabs the reader's
attention. He quotes the late George Carlin, "When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black
shirts...It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts." (1) This statement should remove any question about the
artistry of the book's front cover: a large yellow smiley face complete with a Hitler mustache. While lengthy, the
introduction spells out exactly what Goldberg is going to tell the reader in the remainder of the book. It is no
mystery that he believes we are living in a time where the fascistic bent of Italy's Mussolini and Germany's Hitler
are being blended with the quasi-socialistic policies of presidents Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and
Lyndon Baines Johnson.
After the introduction, Goldberg leads the reader through a fascinating history of the rise of fascism in Europe.
Although Benito Mussolini, the leader of Italy, has been vilified, mostly due to his association with Hitler and the
Third Reich, we are reminded that for the good part of a decade, he was considered a great leader. In 1923, the
New York Times boasted that, "Mussolini is a Latin [Teddy] Roosevelt who first acts and then inquires if it is legal.
He has been of great service to Italy at home." (27) Noted Americans such as humorist Will Rogers, Hollywood
mogul Lionel Barrymore, and legendary journalist Lowell Thomas proclaimed his greatness. On the international
scene, Sigmund Freud and Winston Churchill were quite smitten with him. In addition, James A. Farrell, the
president of U.S. Steel Corporation, said he was "`the greatest living man' in the world." (29) Goldberg concludes
the Mussolini chapter with a brief description on how Mussolini gained his beliefs, first as a socialist then as a
fascist, ending with his ill-fated attempt to flee to Switzerland in 1945 when he was captured by Italian partisans
Mussolini might have been remembered more favorably had he not associated himself with the subject of the next
chapter, Adolph Hitler. Goldberg leads the reader on a brief history of the rise of Hitler and how he became so
enamored with socialism. Students of history will be familiar with the 1923 "Beer Hall Putsch" and his subsequent
imprisonment where he wrote the infamous Mein Kampf, as well as the efforts to promote Germany in the 1936
Olympics and the murderous "Kristallnacht" of 1938. Here, Goldberg begins to paste together how today's liberals
use the term Nazi to describe those who call themselves conservatives. He says that the left "cherry-pick[s] the
facts to form a caricature of what the Third Reich was about...[with] the desired effect to cast Nazism as the polar
opposite of Communism." "[The] roles of industrialists...[are] greatly exaggerated, while the very large and
substantial leftist and socialist aspects of Nazism..." are minimized. (57) Rather than being a right-wing
conservative as many on the left would proclaim, Hitler should be considered a leftist because Nazism
"...emphasized many of the themes of the later New Lefts...the primacy of race...an emphasis on the organic and
holistic - including environmentalism, health food, and exercise - and...the need to `transcend' notions of class."
Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt are the subjects of the next two chapters and each provides a
bridge from which fascism in Europe crosses over to the United States. One could argue, as Goldberg does, that
Wilson was the grandfather of modern liberalism in America. Back then, liberals were called progressives and
Wilson led the way with a progressive agenda, including proclaiming the Constitution's series of checks-and-
balances as outdated and by furthering the Darwinian cause of a "living Constitution." Wilson also formed the
"West's first modern ministry for propaganda" in the Committee on Public Information (CPI). This group implored
Americans against protesting the country's involvement in World War I. Another Wilson organization, the War
Industries Board (WIB), was fascist in that it dictated to the business community what would be produced by the
nation's industries under the banner of nationalizing the people for war. Throughout the section on Wilson,
Goldberg paints a bleak picture of how America was nearly swallowed up by a type of benevolent dictatorship.
Goldberg is equally repulsed by the Roosevelt years. He reminds the reader that Roosevelt was the only president
to break with the tradition of George Washington by serving more than two terms. Moreover, he compares
Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration with Wilson's WIB, saying that the former was modeled on the latter.
Throughout these two chapters Goldberg deftly cites example after example of how these two presidents,
considered great by many - Wilson for his Fourteen Points and Roosevelt for supposedly ending the Great
Depression - did more than anyone up to that point to introduce socialism and fascism into American culture.
Before bringing the reader into the latter half of the twentieth century, Goldberg shifts to the decade of the 1960s.
On its face, the chapter is important because it lays the groundwork for upcoming criticism on John F. Kennedy and
Lyndon Johnson. Unfortunately, for the reader, it is here that he provides minutia that keeps an otherwise
informative and entertaining book from flowing by chronicling the histories of radical organizations such as the
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Black Panthers, and the Weathermen. If one were to skip this
chapter, however, one would miss the author's wry sense of humor that was disbursed throughout the book. For
example, Goldberg laments the fact that one of Fidel Castro's closest compatriots, Che Guevara "...has become a
chic branding tool... [representing] a disgusting indictment of...American consumer culture." (193) He goes on to
say that Guevara's likeness has made its way onto shirts and even toddler onesies. Depending on one's viewpoint,
Guevara could be described as a misunderstood revolutionary or a mass murderer, but he is popular with the left
because he is associated with an idol of the left, Fidel Castro. He arguably killed more people than Mussolini and
was as despicable as Nazi SS Chief Heinrich Himmler. Nevertheless, Goldberg wittingly asks, "Would you put a
Mussolini onesie on your baby? Would you let your daughter drink from a Himmler sippy cup?" (194)
John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, the two presidents from 1961 to 1969, are thoroughly dissected and each
given their own chapters. Johnson's "Great Society" certainly gives Goldberg plenty of fodder for blasting a
program that was built upon the New Deal. No political commentator who wants to keep his conservative
credentials supports Johnson's program in any way, and Goldberg lives up to the task of describing how the Great
Society has been detrimental to the country.
Tying fascism to modern liberalism is the task of the remaining third of the book. Chapter Seven discusses the
subject of eugenics. One of the staples of modern liberalism is the support for unfettered abortion. Margaret
Sanger, the woman credited with the founding of Planned Parenthood and who is one of the heroes of the Left,
"...sought to ban reproduction for the unfit and regulate reproduction for everybody else." (271) In 1939, she
created the "Negro Project" where she attempted to control the black population's ability to reproduce. Her plan
was to eventually allow the black race to die out. One could find similarities in her ideas and those of Hitler's Nazi
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the current junior senator from New York, former first lady, and recent presidential
candidate, is the focus of Chapter Nine, "Brave New Village." When this book was published in 2007, she was the
likely Democratic Party nominee for president. As of this writing, it does not appear that she will meet that goal.
Her competitor, Barak Obama, a senator from Illinois, will take her place on the ticket. Goldberg must have been
sure that she would get the nomination (Barak Obama is only mentioned on two pages) as he chronicled her
history and picked apart her designs on moving the country even farther to the left. It would be a stretch to call
her book, It Takes A Village, her version of Mein Kampf, but Goldberg does emphasize that part of her plan for
America includes early governmental involvement with children and reeducating them in the elementary and
secondary public school system, similar to the plan that Hitler used in 1930s Germany.
For the student of the period's historiography, Goldberg does an excellent job of highlighting the ways that liberal
scholars have been able to slant history in a way that puts the New Left in the best light. With over fifty pages of
notes and hundreds of references, his documentation is sound. He has successfully demonstrated that much of
what has been accepted American history has been distorted. Students of an earlier generation were taught that
Woodrow Wilson died of a broken heart because the Senate did not ratify his League of Nations. Goldberg teaches
us that we nearly went down a path that changed the Constitution. Similarly, we had been taught that Roosevelt
got the country out of the Great Depression. Again, we learned here that Roosevelt's initial plans were not that
much different from those of Hitler and Mussolini. In Liberal Fascism, the myths are exposed and the foundation
upon which modern liberal fascism has been built is shown. Goldberg, of course, is an anti-Liberal Fascist and
would like to bring the country farther to the conservative side. He is saying through his book that the only way to
understand how to dismantle the New Left establishment is to know how it was first put together.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LIBERTARIAN – A PERSONAL INTERPRITATION
Author: Charles Murray
A few months ago, against my better judgment, I got into an argument with an online acquaintance (I know, I
know) over the whole issue of "labeling" people. This person was supposedly averse to any form of "labeling,"
which after some back and forth turned out to be just his way of disagreeing with some particular point that I was
trying to make. What he considered "labeling" I considered being just a way of categorizing people and concepts
around us in order to make sense of the world that we live in. Defining words that we choose to describe the way
we think and act is the first step towards having a meaningful and mutually intangible exchange of ideas. Nowhere
is this truer today than in the realm of political discourse. It's an ideal of a democratic society that one set of ideas
and policies will prevail over others through the use of persuasive, and hopefully civil, arguments. In the age when
the intensity of one's convictions often trumps the persuasiveness of the arguments it is especially important to get
the definitions of the terms that we use right. This is exactly what Charles Murray strives to do in this book.
Political labels and political affiliations tend to be very culturally defined. What is considered right or left, liberal or
conservative depends on the specific political system that one is operating in. What has come to be known as
libertarianism in the US is more commonly referred to as (classical) liberalism in other countries. The root idea
behind this political ideology can be deduced from the etymology of its name: libertarianism is about freedom and
individual freedom in particular. Most people espouse freedom in abstract, and can probably state a litany of their
own personal freedom that they particularly cherish, but to be libertarian is to take the principle of the individual
freedom to its absolute logical and moral end, no matter how many of our own personal moral sensibilities end up
overturned in the process. Murray is forthright about this fact. However, he also acknowledges that there are limits
to personal freedom, and he wholeheartedly espouses the principle of the existence of common good that can
trump some of the individual freedoms. This is also true of all but the most extreme "pure" libertarians. Now,
determining what counts as a common good is not so easy to discern, and this is probably where many people who
would otherwise espouse libertarian ideology decide to go with some other political label. The criterion that Murray
uses to discern what counts as a legitimate common good is the criterion of subsidiary: decisions about common
affairs should be left to the lowest concerned competent authority. For example, the federal government should not
be involved with repairing sidewalks in your local community.
Murray gives several examples of how libertarian principles would be implemented in practice, touching upon some
more controversial political issues. He talks about the perennial big issues of prostitution and drugs, and although
he has decidedly libertarian views about these he is quick to emphasize that these are by far some of the least
important from his libertarian worldview. Unfortunately, Murray does not talk about his views on abortion and gay
"marriage." It would have been interesting to know how he views these current extremely contentious issues from
the standpoint of libertarianism.
Over the years Charles Murray has written some of the most important and most controversial books that touch
upon the most important social issues of the day. Some of his books (Bell Curve, Losing Ground, Human Accomplishment)
have been absolute masterpieces of detailed fact-driven scholarship and insightful masterly technical analysis.
"What It Means to Be a Libertarian" is written as a polemic, more in the style of Real Education and In Our Hands. It is a
great book to read for anyone who is interested in understanding better what it means to be a libertarian. It has
been written in a very thoughtful and insightful way, and I found myself constantly reaching out for the highlighter.
This is by far one of the most interesting and well written books on general political ideas that is available today.
LIBERTARIANISM: A PRIMER
Author: David Boaz
Tens of millions of Americans, from Generation X-ers to baby boomers and beyond, are rediscovering
libertarianism, a visionary alternative to the tired party orthodoxies of left and right. In 1995 a Gallup poll found
that 52 percent of Americans said "the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an
immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." Later that year, The Wall Street
Journal concurred, saying: "Because of their growing disdain for government, more and more Americans appear to
be drifting—often unwittingly—toward a libertarian philosophy."
Libertarianism is hardly new, but its framework for liberty under law and economic progress makes it especially
suited for the dynamic new era we are now entering. In the United States, the bureaucratic leviathan is newly
threatened by a resurgence of the libertarian ideas upon which the country was founded. We are witnessing a
breakdown of all the cherished beliefs of the welfare-warfare state. Americans have seen the failure of big
government. Now, in the 1990s, we are ready to apply the lessons of this century to make the next one the
century not of the state but of the free individual.
David Boaz presents the essential guidebook to the libertarian perspective, detailing its roots, central tenets,
solutions to contemporary policy dilemmas, and future in American politics. He confronts head-on the tough
questions frequently posed to libertarians: What about inequality? Who protects the environment? What ties people
together if they are essentially self-interested? A concluding section, "Are You a Libertarian?" gives readers a
chance to explore the substance of their own beliefs. Libertarianism is must reading for understanding one of the
most exciting and hopeful movements of our time.
THE LIBERTARIAN READER
Edited By: David Boaz
Classic & Contemporary Writings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman
If you are looking for a quick introduction to the principles and practices of the Libertarian Party, avoid this book; a
good search engine and some basic research skills are all you need. If instead you're searching for a deeper
understanding of the philosophy of liberty, then I can suggest no better starting point.
The book itself is a collection of short essays from a wide range of contributors to the libertarian tradition, from
political economists and philosophers (such as Locke, Mill, and Adam Smith) to some perhaps more surprising
sources (like the Old Testament and the Tao Teh Ching). These essays are grouped around broad themes -
"individual rights", "free markets", "skepticism about power" - certainly a boon to students, but also an aid to the
casual reader. Should a particular topic or thinker pique your interest, a lengthy essay called "The Literature of
Liberty" catalogs the sources as it closes the book.
Whether reading this book will convince you to join the Libertarian Party, or send money to the Cato Institute, is a
matter open to debate; indeed, some critics rightly point out elements of "big L" Libertarianism that are at odds
with "small l" classical liberal thought. My own hope is that reading these essays will give you not only a better
understanding of the founder's intent, but also a clearer vision of a better possible future - a freer, saner world.
How we get there, if we get there, remains to be seen.
Author: Tom G. Palmer
Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice
What is freedom? How is freedom related to justice, law, property, peace, and prosperity? Tom Palmer has spent a
lifetime-as a scholar, teacher, journalist, and activist-asking and answering these questions. His best writings are
now collected in Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice. Palmer's work ranges from the
theory of justice to multiculturalism, democracy and limited government, globalization, the law and economics of
patents and copyrights, among many other topics. These essays have appeared in scholarly journals and in such
newspapers as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and London Spectator. His work is accessible to scholars
and thoughtful citizens alike. Palmer has smuggled photocopiers and fax machines into the Soviet Union; organized
movements against the draft, taxes, censorship, and victimless crime laws; and ceaselessly promoted freedom in
the most hostile locations, from communist Europe and China to Iraq to the halls of academe.
GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ARE BAD FOR YOUR KIDS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Author: James Ostrowski
If you're wondering how health care will look under increased government control, look no further than our schools
(and this book).
The result of public control is a mediocre product that people tolerate because it's "free", and because most can't
afford the better option (since so much of their money-- taxes--- is already going to pay for the "free" option).
Those who can afford it often escape the inferior product by paying additionally for a better one. A private one. So
they pay twice; mandated taxes for the lesser, then additional money for the one the really want.
FEDS IN THE CLASSROOM
Author: Neal P. McCluskey
How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education
Thomas Jefferson warned that 'the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.'
American elementary and secondary education shows how right he was. Two centuries ago the founders rejected
federal participation in education and even rejected George Washington's plans on establishing a national
university. It should be of little surprise, then, that the term 'education' appears nowhere in the Constitution. Few
early Americans would have considered providing education a proper function of local or state governments, much
less some distant federal government. Federal control of the nation's schools would have simply been unthinkable.
This view was the prevailing one well into the 20th century. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan campaigned, in part, on a
proposal to close the federal department of education. How things have changed in a few short decades. Today,
every state requires children to attend school, and most dictate precisely what the children will learn. Parents, in
contrast, are able to make very few choices about their children's education. And what role does the federal
government have now? It has drilled deep into almost every public classroom in America. Washington can now tell
public schools whether their teachers are qualified, their reading instruction acceptable, and what they must do
when their students do not achieve on par with federal demands. At the outset of his presidential administration,
for example, George W. Bush pushed for the largest federal encroachment in education in American history.
Through his No Child Left Behind Act, the federal government can dictate what will be taught, when, and by whom,
to most of the 15,000 public school districts and 47 million public school children. Why the change? Is it a change?
What's the cost to the taxpayers? What are the benefits to public school students? To public schools? Today, with
the almost-complete consolidation of education authority in the hands of policy makers in Washington, the last of
our educational liberty has been pushed to the brink of extinction. Thankfully, there is still hope: Over just the last
decade-and-a-half, school choice - public education driven by parents, not politicians and bureaucrats - has
become a force to be reckoned with. Feds in the Classroom will challenge much of the conventional wisdom
surrounding federal involvement in education. The author considers all federal activities-legislation, funding,
regulations, and judicial oversight-and then makes a cost-benefit and constitutional assessment.
THE ROAD TO SERFDOM
Author: F. A. Hayek
Edited By: Bruce Caldwell
Text and Documents
The Definitive Edition
An unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to
Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally
published in 1944—when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock,
stock, and barrel to the socialist program—The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning
against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For F. A. Hayek, the collectivist idea of
empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi
Germany and Fascist Italy.
First published by the University of Chicago Press on September 18, 1944, The Road to Serfdom garnered
immediate, widespread attention. The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months
more than 30,000 books were sold. In April 1945, Reader’s Digest published a condensed version of the book, and
soon thereafter the Book-of-the-Month Club distributed this edition to more than 600,000 readers. A perennial best
seller, the book has sold 400,000 copies in the United States alone and has been translated into more than twenty
languages, along the way becoming one of the most important and influential books of the century.
With this new edition, The Road to Serfdom takes its place in the series The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek. The
volume includes a foreword by series editor and leading Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell explaining the book's origins
and publishing history and assessing common misinterpretations of Hayek's thought. Caldwell has also
standardized and corrected Hayek's references and added helpful new explanatory notes. Supplemented with an
appendix of related materials ranging from prepublication reports on the initial manuscript to forewords to earlier
editions by John Chamberlain, Milton Friedman, and Hayek himself, this new edition of The Road to Serfdom will be
the definitive version of Hayek's enduring masterwork.
HOW AN ECONOMY GROWS AND WHY IT CRASHES
Authors: Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff
Other than Thomas Woods, I can think of no one else that can explain the often intimidating field of economics as
clearly and simply as Peter Schiff can. Even if you are a complete idiot when it comes to understanding economics,
this book will make you understand that economics is actually a very simple concept to grasp. If you are literate,
you should have a great understanding of the Austrian school upon finishing this book. Complete with humorous
anecdotes and illustrations, Peter and Andrew Schiff retell their father's masterpiece (How an Economy Grows, and
Why It Doesn't) in a new, modernized version. Whether you are new to, or are well versed in the Austrian School
of Economics, I recommend that you read this book and pass it on to a friend when you are finished!
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: AMERICAN HISTORY IN BLACK & WHITE
Author: David Barton
Absolutely excellent book that should be required reading for all black Americans that wish to really learn about
their history. For hundreds of years there has been a clandestine effort by the Democrat party to either enslave or
oppress the black Americans. However, this history has been hidden from them and in fact black Americans vote in
majorities for Democrat candidates. Unfortunately the history continues as these people are kept subservient and
under control by addicting them to welfare instead of helping them succeed and forwarding the pernicious lie that
minorities are somehow inferior as to not be able to succeed without the government's help.
In this book the reader will learn about the first black speaker of the house in 1870, the thoughts of Frederick
Douglass on the constitution after he had embarked upon a study of it and the real genesis of the Klu Klux Klan.
This book will make you angry. Angry at the injustices committed upon fellow human beings. Angry at the wrath of
tyranny unleashed by Democrats on anyone who was black, or was white and advocated for black rights. Angry
that you have not been taught this part of history of the country, and angry that the story has been twisted for
political gain for 200 years.
However, the book will empower you as well. It should be required reading for all black Americans.
Author: Bradley A. Smith
The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform
At a time when campaign finance reform is widely viewed as synonymous with cleaning up Washington and
promoting political equality, Bradley Smith, a nationally recognized expert on campaign finance reform, argues that
all restriction on campaign giving should be eliminated. In Unfree Speech, he presents a bold, convincing argument
for the repeal of laws that regulate political spending and contributions, contending that they violate the right to
free speech and ultimately diminish citizens' power.
Smith demonstrates that these laws, which often force ordinary people making modest contributions of cash or
labor to register with the Federal Election Commission or various state agencies, fail to accomplish their stated
objectives. In fact, they have worked to entrench incumbents in office, deaden campaign discourse, burden
grassroots political activity with needless regulation, and distance Americans from an increasingly professional,
detached political class. Rather than attempting to plug "loopholes" in campaign finance law or instituting taxpayer-
financed campaigns, Smith proposes a return to core First Amendment values of free speech and an unfettered
right to engage in political activity.
Smith finds that campaign contributions have little corrupting effect on the legislature and shows that an
unrestrained system of contributions and spending actually enhances equality. More money, not less, is needed in
the political system, Smith concludes. Unfree Speech draws upon constitutional law and historical research to
explain why campaign finance regulation is doomed and to illustrate the potentially drastic costs of efforts to make
THE ADVENTURES OF JONATHON GULLIBLE: A FREE MARKET ODYSSEY
Author: Ken Schoolland
A Children’s Book
This is a wonderful young-adult literature book on free-market economics and the inherent problem of things like
publicly owned land, eminent domain, welfare, the drug problem, the one major weakness of pure democracy and
other such things. Part of what makes it such a delight is that there are references to many great economic ideas
and thinkers such as Ludwig Von Mises (the cat, Mices), who had been many brands of socialism before becoming
one of the greatest economists ever, Frederic Bastiat's candlemen's petition, Murray Rothbard (the Great Bard),
etc. Using small little stories, the book illustrates the inherent conflict over many government programs and
regulations and how they also benefit either special interests or bureaucrats in particular. This is a great way to get
interested in economics as a whole and also the libertarian movement as well.
AN ISLAND CALLED LIBERTY
Author: Joseph Specht
Illustrated By: Justina Dzerzanavskas
A Children’s Book
Wow! I LOVE this book! I bought several copies for my children’s school. This book explains what our forefathers
were looking for when they left the taxation of Europe and proclaimed, "Give me Liberty, or give me death." Every
American child must understand this concept and strive to protect it....because freedom is not free. This book
conveys the very important concept of "liberty" in a way that any child can understand. (And they will DEFINITELY
still be able to share their toys!)
THE SCARY STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE BIG BAD BOX OF FREE MONEY
Author: Martin McCannell
Illustrated By: Sharen Grey
A Children’s Book
In their later years, they bought a yacht and sailed the seven seas. The three little pigs each had a bag of gold
coins to spend at the various ports of call. The good life. No wolf, no central bank, no worries. Or so they thought...
After being shipwrecked and learning how to survive on their own, a treasure chest washed ashore brings the pigs
a life-threatening economic disaster. Readers from age 10 to 100 will enjoy a fun and scary story -- while learning
about the Austrian Business Cycle Theory of Ludwig von Mises and Nobel Prize winner Friedrich Hayek.
THE POWER OF FREEDOM: UNITING DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Author: Jean-Pierre Chauffour
In this thought-provoking book, Jean-Pierre Chauffour argues that freedom in all its economic, civil, and political
dimensions is the only internally consistent and mutually supportive way of thinking about development and human
THE RULING CLASS: HOW THEY CORRUPTED AMERICA AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
Author: Angelo M. Codevilla
Introduction By: Rush Limbaugh
Codevilla thesis divides the country into two halves to make his case. These are not the typical talking points that
the left drones on about: the haves and the have nots (John Edwards two Americas garbage), rather Codevilla's
two classes are those who feed the political elites and the political elites themselves.
According to Codevilla remarkable thesis the keys to power and becoming an elite has little to do with wealth. A
Texan oilman or a Missouri real estate developer may be worth tens of millions of dollars, as much if not more than
the top tier of Codevilla elites. It's the elites and their functionaries' ability to expropriate the wealth of the non-
politically connected that makes them powerful, comfortable and provides them with wealthy. The elites through
their control of government determines who gets to put his hand in the till and who pays into that till. This explains
why the majority of careerists who rely on the tax dollars of others so readily and willingly vote democrat.
The keys of power are also bestowed to those who belong to the right circles. The right circles include the nation's
elite Ivy League universities, think tanks and journalistic outfits. These, as Codevilla illustrates with Clarence
Thomas, doesn't guarantee you a seat at the table of the elites but they are most certainly required. As with the
example of Lawrence Tribe, all sins can be forgiven if you belong and talk the talk.
The original vision of America was and still is one of the crowning achievements in human history but its core
principles have been eroded by Codevilla's elites. These United States has been replaced with The United States
indicating a shift from federalism to federal authority. Equality of opportunity has been supplanted by equality of
outcome. A Republic has been replaced with an Oligarchy. The rule of law has become the rule of man. Leaders
have been replaced with rulers.
Americans don't appreciate being "ruled" by our betters and are not pleased that our meritocracy has been
replaced with nepotism. Codevilla thesis is long overdue and should have a significant impact.
Author: Dambisa Moyo
Why Aid is not working and How There is a Better Way for Africa
Over the past 60 years at least $1 trillion in aid was sent to Africa - yet, calls for even more grow steadily louder.
Moyo - a native of Zambia contends that evidence demonstrates that this aid has made the poor poorer. Real per-
capita income today is lower than it was in the 1970s. In other words, aid is not part of the solution; it is part of
Even after aggressive debt-relief campaigns in the 1990s, African countries still pay close to $20 billion in debt
repayments per year - at the expense of education and health care. Moyo also asserts that the roughly 500,000
individuals in the "aid business" have no motivation for that aid to succeed; meanwhile, well-meaning individuals
such as Bono have choked off debate of its efficacy.
The author claims that the most obvious criticism of aid is that it enables rampant corruption and bloated
bureaucracies. In 2002, the African Union, an organization of African nations, estimated that corruption was costing
$150 billion/year. Transparency International, a corruption watchdog, states that Zaire's former president is
reputed to have stolen at least $5 billion from the country. Across Africa, over 70% of government funding comes
from foreign aid - enabling those governments to avoid accountability to local citizens since they pay so little.
In Cameroon, it takes a potential investor about 426 days to gain a business license, vs. 17 in South Korea. Under
the auspices of the U.S. Food for Peace program, each year millions are used to buy American-grown food that is
then shipped to Africa where it puts local farmers out of business.
Moyo's bottom-line is that other regions should stop the largess towards Africa, and Africa should focus on
becoming more attractive to private investment. This includes ceasing to be the source of the world's greatest
number of armed conflicts.
Author: George B. N. Ayittey
The Blueprint for Africa’s Future
Why haven't the poorest Africans been able to prosper in the twenty-first century? Celebrated economist George
Ayittey thinks the answer is obvious: economic freedom was denied to them, first by foreign colonial powers and
now by indigenous leaders with similarly oppressive practices. As war and conflict replaced peace, Africa's
infrastructure crumbled. Instead of bemoaning the myriad difficulties facing the continent today, Ayittey boldly
proposes a program of development--a way forward--for Africa. Africa Unchained investigates how Africa can
modernize, build, and improve its indigenous institutions, and argues forcefully that Africa should build and expand
upon traditions of free markets and free trade rather than continuing to use exploitative economic structures. The
economic model here is uniquely African and takes little heed from the developed world; this is sure to be a highly
controversial plan for moving Africa forward.
THE MYSTERY OF CAPITAL
Author: Hernando De Soto
Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
In the past five years I've read a shade under a thousand books, and this is easily the most important of them. In
it, Peruvian economist de Soto sets out to do nothing less than explain why capitalism has worked in the West and
been more or less a total disaster in the Third World and former Communist states. This has long been a pivotal
question for anyone interested in the world beyond their own back yard, and there have been plenty of attempts to
explain it before (often in terms of history, geography, culture, race, etc.). However, de Soto's is the most
compelling and logically argued answer I've come across. But it's not just me. I don't generally quote other
reviews, but my general reaction echoes the most respected policy journals, newspapers, and magazines, who tend
to repeat the same words in their reviews:"revolutionary", "provocative", "extraordinary", "convincing", "stunning",
"powerful", "and thoughtful". Perhaps my favorite line comes from the Toronto Globe and Mail: "De Soto
demolishes the entire edifice of postwar development economics, and replaces it with the answers bright young
people everywhere have been demanding." Of course readers (especially those on the left) will have to swallow a
few basic premises from the very beginning, such as "Capitalism stands alone as the only feasible way to rationally
organize a modern economy" and "As all plausible alternatives to capitalism have now evaporated, we are finally in
a position to study capital dispassionately and carefully." And most importantly, "Capital is the force that raises the
productivity of labor and creates the wealth of nations.... it is the one thing that the poor countries of the world
cannot seem to produce for themselves no matter how eagerly their people engage in all the other activities that
characterize a capitalist economy." No matter how badly some of us may want to hold on to cherished ideals of
collectivist economies, the reality is that at present these are only viable on a micro scale. For the moment,
capitalism has won, and the only question is how to make it work to improve the lives of the bulk of the world. De
Soto writes: "I do not view capitalism as a credo. Much more important to me are freedom, compassion for the
poor, respect for the social contract, and equal opportunity. But for the moment, to achieve those goals, capitalism
is the only game in town. It is the only system we know that provides us with the tools required to create massive
According to De Soto, the problem outside the West is that while the poor have plenty of assets (land, homes,
businesses), these assets lie overwhelmingly in the extralegal, informal realm. De Soto's on the ground research
reveals that this is the result of an accelerated process of urbanization and population growth, coupled with the
inability of legal systems to adapt to the reality of how people live. What has happened is that throughout the Third
World, the costs of making assets legal (obtaining proper title to a house, registering a business, etc.), are so
prohibitive both in terms of time and money, that the assets end up being what de Soto calls"dead capital." In the
West, a web of financial and legal networks enable people to use their assets to create further wealth, through
such tools as mortgages, publicly traded stocks, and the like. Outside the West, most people live and work outside
the kind of invisible asset management infrastructure that we take for granted, and thus are unable to use their
assets for the "representational purposes" we are able to. Thus the full set of capitalist tools are not available to
them and it becomes incredibly hard to realize any kind of upward mobility.
One of the key sections of the book is "The Missing Lessons of U.S. History", in which de Soto demonstrates how
the US faced the exact same challenge several hundred years ago. The difference is that the legal system was
flexible enough over a century and a half to realign itself with the reality being created on the ground by an
energetic citizenry. However, it occurred over the long-term and long ago, and has thus been forgotten by history.
What de Soto says needs to be understood is that the less developed nations of today are trying to accomplish the
same thing over a much shorter time and with much greater populations, and without a clear understanding of how
the West managed to do it. The ultimate challenge is raising the social awareness and political backing necessary
to implement major legal change in the face of resistance from an entrenched bureaucracy and elites who benefit
from the status quo. This is a daunting and provocative challenge-but not impossible.
Of course, all of the above is greatly simplified, so anyone interested in the state of the world should read it for
themselves. De Soto's writing is remarkably clear (especially for an economist), and no background in economics
or law is needed to follow his argument. There is a little repetition here and there, but always in the service of
making sure the reader doesn't miss the big picture. In the end, whether you agree with his thesis or not, I
guarantee it'll challenge your preconceived notions about global capitalism.
THE BASTIAT COLLECTION: VOLUME 1
Author: Frederic Bastiat
This set is incredible. Well, volume 1 is incredible. Volume 2 was slower for me, as it seemed to be more dry and
covered a lot of the same material as volume 1. The set is a collection of most of the important writings of Frederic
Bastiat, the great French classical liberal of the 19th century. There are five essays in the beginning, followed by
two sets of "Economic Sophisms" in Volume 1. Volume 2 contains the "Harmonies of Political Economy." Bastiat's
power of prose is unparalleled in this field. I doubt that anyone before or since can so clearly and persuasively
explain problems of economics or politics so that they seem obvious to the average person.
Three of the first five essays, "That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen", "The Law", and "Money", I would
put as absolutely mandatory reading. In the first essay, Bastiat shows us how, in every economic situation, we
must not only consider what is obvious and seen, but also what we can't see. He uses his famous example of the
shopkeeper with a broken window. Everyone sees the broken window, as well as the work it provides for the
window repairman. So "what is seen" is the advantage to the repairman. "What is not seen" is what would have
happened if the window hadn't been broken: the shopkeeper would have used his money to buy a new pair of
shoes, or a new suit of clothes, so that then he would have benefited the shoemaker or the tailor, and himself
possessed the additional benefit of the new shoes or suit. This is a very important essay, and it is also what Henry
Hazlitt based his "Economics in One Lesson" on.
"The Law" is the most important section of the book. Here Bastiat shows with inescapable force that anytime the
law is used to organize anything other than justice, such as equality or prosperity, it necessarily and inescapably
works against justice. This essay was one of the most powerful essays I have ever read.
The other essays in the book, as well as the series of Economic Sophisms and the Harmonies of Political Economy,
address economic questions in a manner so simple and clear that you will never read the news in the same way
again. I believe that anyone who reads this book will understand economics better than the entire Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve combined. Many sections of this book made me laugh out loud. For instance, he
writes about people who worry that imports are too high. He says that if we want to maximize exports, and
minimize imports, we should just take the biggest ship in our fleet, load it up with goods, send it fifty miles out to
sea, and sink it to the bottom of the ocean. Exports are maximized, and imports are minimized. The story of the
candle makers is even better.
There are two main points he emphasizes repeatedly through the book, which our betters in Washington have not
learned yet. First, that every voluntary exchange benefits both parties, whether it's a simple exchange of goods, or
whether it's capital lent at interest, or whether it's the employer and the laborer. Second, that there are always two
perspectives: that of the producer, and that of the consumer. These perspectives correspond to abundance and
scarcity. The producer always wants scarcity: he wants the few goods he produces to be very expensive and he
wants less competition. The consumer always wants abundance: she wants lots of everything, and more
competition, so that everything is cheap. People consume lots of things, but produce only one or a few things.
Nevertheless, most of the laws we pass, in Bastiat's time as well as in ours, favor the producers at the expense of
the consumers, and hence promote scarcity and high prices (think: "Unions").
This book is really indispensible, and should be perfectly accessible to a literate high school student. If you want to
know whether to buy the whole set, find "The Law" online, print it out and read it, and I suspect you'll order the
two volumes. You won't regret it.
THE BASTIAT COLLECTION: VOLUME 2
Author: Frederic Bastiat
THE NEW ROAD TO SERFDOM: A LETTER OF WARNING TO AMERICA
Author: Daniel Hannan
PERVERSE SUBSIDIES: HOW TAX DOLLARS CAN UNDERCUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE
Authors: Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent
Much of the global economy depends upon large-scale government intervention in the form of subsidies, both
direct and indirect, to support specific industries or economic sectors. Distressingly, many of these subsidies can be
characterized as "perverse"-rather than helping society achieve a desired goal, they work in the opposite direction,
causing damage to both our economies and our environments. World-wide subsidies have long been thought to
total $2 trillion per year, but until now, no attempt has been made to determine what proportion of that actually
subverts the public interest. In Perverse Subsidies, leading environmental analyst Norman Myers takes a detailed
look at the subject, offering a comprehensive view of subsidies world-wide with a particular focus on the extent,
causes, and consequences of perverse subsidies. He defines many different kinds of subsidies, from tax incentives
to government handouts, and considers their wide-ranging impacts, as he: - examines the role of subsidies in
policymaking - quantifies the direct costs of perverse subsidies - examines the major subsidies in agriculture,
energy, road transportation, water, fisheries, and forestry - considers the environmental effects of those subsidies -
offers policy advice and specific recommendations for eliminating harmful subsidies The book provides a valuable
framework for evaluation of perverse subsidies, and offers a dramatic illustration of the scale and dimensions of the
problem. It will be the standard reference on those subsidies for government reform advocates, policy analysts,
and environmentalists, as well as for scholars and students interested in the interactions between policymaking and
WHEN MONEY DIES
Author: Adam Fergusson
The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany
Here are some parallels with our time:
The Germany of the '20s finds it cannot meet the costs of war reparations. The US of the 2000s starts a war
intending to pay reparations before it begins, and then finds itself unable to meet the mounting costs of war
reparations it originally thought would leap out of the ground and just pay themselves. (Meanwhile, the US's
wounded soldiers [& the families of its dead soldiers] are going to require entire lifetimes of domestic reparations).
The Germany of the '20s attempted to buy/finance prosperity with ballooning deficits. The US of the 2000s wants
to buy/finance prosperity with ballooning deficits. Neither nation-State can be told it is wrong--and neither admits
(or even recognizes) inflation is a hidden and pernicious tax.
Germany before the '20s had every confidence in the mark. The US in the 2000s believes the only currency in the
world is the dollar, & the only thing money can be made of is paper and ink (never gold or silver). But as one
mixes ink with paper, hoping the mixture will have exchange value, one finds that one has given value to neither
As Germany becomes more unhinged in the '20s, it moves towards a strong man as a moth to a flame. As the US
grows more unhinged, it loses faith in its 'strong man' (even if he does not lose faith in himself). If the US should
subsequently shun whoever wants to be the next 'strong man', there may yet be hope. Since it is possible for the
next wannabe 'strong man' to be laughed off the stage, it is yet possible the US will not succumb. The jury is still
At times the mark strengthens (goes against the ultimate trend, for short periods): the Germans of the '20s (and
other investors) think the crisis is over and it is time to buy. At times the dollar strengthens (goes against the
ultimate trend [?], for short periods): the world of the 2000s thinks the crisis may end--isn't it now time to buy
cheap US assets?
The Germans of the '20s can add more zeros to their paper--but paper production does not keep up with the
'demand' for money. The US of the 2000s has but to generate a computer entry and like magic, the 'demand' for
money is met. The paper of Germany leaves a trail [Fergusson proves this]--computer entries can be a hidden and
dirty little State Secret [until prices rise as the money actually depreciates, the state can suppress much of the
At many levels, this book about a frightening past speaks to a menacing present. Because of its price, many will
not get to read that message. Between the Germany of the '20s and the US of the 2000s, there are differences
too, but not differences that necessarily help. The potential for money supply to soar (the Fed's ability to create
credit by computer without even having to buy ink, paper, and printers) has never been so boundless. We of the
2000s prefer to believe we are more intelligent than the Germans of the 20s. We live with the hope that our
enlightened leaders [!] comprehend inflation & understand that deficit spending shall ruin us. Enlighted people that
we are, from government top to government bottom; we know and rely upon our leaders' fiscal responsibility. Just
look at how enlightenment runs through the Nation--budgetary constraints are placed upon our brilliant leader, by
those guardians of the Public Purse & Trust, a US legislature that checks and balances all his raw power. In
truthiness [that is, if one buys their spin], they all do their utmost to preserve & protect the currency, while
shouldering their duties to preserve and protect our Constitution. Tonight, can I sleep contentedly, knowing both
these National Treasures are safe and sound?
Read this book: it is still found in libraries. You will be witness to ink on paper that actually has and holds its value.
THE FEDERAL SUBSIDY BEAST
Author: Brian J. Finegan
The Rise of a Supreme Power in a Once Great Democracy
This book is the most complete book you will ever need to read about government waste. It exposes every aspect
of government spending that you will be sick when you get done. It is actually almost too much to bear that you
will have to put it down periodically because you will not be able to stand it anymore. I can't see how anyone in
their right mind would ever even consider raising taxes after reading this book. It is actually kind of funny because
the amount of money wasted is so insane that you will feel like laughing if you weren't crying because your hard
earned money has gone down the drain.
THE MYTH OF THE ROBBER BARONS
Author: Burton W. Folsom, Jr.
Forward By: Forrest McDonald
A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America
Burton Folsom's The Myth of the Robber Barons is a short, but excellent book that argues that the mislabeled
"Robber Barons" of the 19th century became wealthy not because they robbed anyone but because they offered
quality products/services at record low prices. These productive giants made their fortunes because so many
Americans chose to do business with them.
There are several values to gain from this book. First, you will learn several inspiring stories about how great
industrialists amassed their fortunes through ingenuity, extended dedication and taking great calculated risks. You
will learn about how Cornelius Vanderbilt defeated the Fulton NY/NJ steamship-transport monopoly by offering
lower rates, earning a reputation for his punctuality, investing in faster and larger ships and providing ancillary
services such as concessions. You will also learn about how Andrew Carnegie was obsessed with cutting costs,
which led to him profitably carting off tons of steel shavings discarded from a competing steel plant owned by the
Scranton’s. Other business heroes covered in depth in this book are James J. Hill (who built the Great Northern
Railroad without a penny of Federal aid), oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, the Scranton steel family, Carnegie's right
hand man Charles Schwab and Andrew Mellon, the Secretary of the Treasury whose laissez-faire policy
recommendations allowed the 1920s to roar.
Another great value of this book is that it dispels a few common myths about capitalism. For one, Folsom correctly
identifies that "Robber Barons" is an invalid concept. That is, "Robber Barons" includes market entrepreneurs (i.e.,
those who *created* their fortunes by revolutionizing an industry) with political entrepreneurs (i.e., those who
made their fortunes through government aid or with political connections.) Examples of market entrepreneurs
include Carnegie, Rockefeller, Hill, and Vanderbilt. Examples of political entrepreneurs include Henry Villard and
Leland Stanford. Instead of subsuming all wealthy industrialists under a single category, Folsom suggests that we
instead judge these industrialists based on *how* they made their fortunes.
A final great aspect of this book is that it offers a concise, essentialized history of what made these individuals
great. Thus, an avid reader may absorb a healthy amount of introductory material without committing himself to
reading an 800-paged biography.
SHAKEDOWN SOCIALISM: PROGRESS TO NOWHERE
Author: Oleg Atbashian: Who saw the Worst of Both Worlds and Lived to Tell the Tale
It failed in the USSR…Now it’s moved to the USA. Unions, Pitchforks, Collective Greed, the
Fallacy of Economic Equality, and Other Optical Illusions of “Redistributive Justice”
Shakedown Socialism is a unique book in many ways. The book is a decisive refutation of the principles of socialism
and "progressivism." The author, Oleg Atbashian, draws on his personal experiences growing up in the totalitarian
economic system of the old Soviet Union to show why socialism not only has not worked, but cannot work.
Atbashian's own awakening from an inculcated acceptance of the superiority of communism to an embrace of the
free market is the underlying story of the book. Growing up in the Ukraine, Atbashian gradually became aware of
the hypocrisy of those who ran the command economy of the Soviet Union. While proclaiming the virtues of forced
"economic equality" all of the Soviet officials, the "apparatchiks" who ran the country, instinctively sought every
advantage they could not just for themselves, but for their children. Reflecting on this, Atbashian recognized the
fatal flaw of socialism - Every parent will seek to secure the best for their children.
This epiphany eventually led Atbashian to emigrate from Russia to the United States. Here is how he describes his
"Some years ago, I escaped from the shipwreck of the Soviet "worker's paradise" and moved to the United States,
making a conscious choice between the forced inequality of socialism and the volunteer material inequality of
capitalism. I didn't expect to be rich; I only wanted an opportunity to earn an honest income without sacrificing my
dignity. I wanted the freedom to pursue my own choices and aspirations, not the ones prescribed by the state. I
wanted to live in a country where my success or failure would depend on my own honest effort, not on the whim of
a bureaucrat. I wanted my relations with people to be based on voluntary agreements, not mandatory
requirements. And finally, I wanted my earnings to be protected by law from wanton expropriation."
"America deserves credit for living up to the ideas of liberty and fighting off the redistributionist utopia for as long
as it has. As crippling as the hosting of two opposing economic systems can be, it still remains a free country. But
the balance is rapidly changing. Like many immigrants seeking freedom and opportunity in America, I find this
change not simply misguided but personally painful. And so do all freedom-loving people elsewhere in the unfree
world, for whom the mere existence of this country still gives hope and validates their belief in liberty and
Oleg is a brilliant (and funny) writer. I first encountered him while reading his satirical postings on [...]. When I
read his observations on the fallacies of socialism, I knew I wanted to help get his work to a larger audience.
Some of the most powerful parts of the book are Oleg's own illustrations, and his selections of ironic photographs
and cartoons. In what can only be described as providential irony, Oleg was trained as a graphic artist and had
been employed by the Communist Party in a town in Siberia to produce propaganda posters. He uses those skills to
great effect. There are 90+ photographs and cartoons scattered throughout the book which drive his points home.
Many of them will make the reader smile, if not laugh out loud! The book cover is, naturally, designed by Oleg.
This is a relatively short book, and an easy read - but the ideas and analysis it contains are profound. In seven
chapters and 134 pages, Oleg pops balloons, pokes fun, exposes hypocrisy, sounds a warning, and destroys the
intellectual underpinnings of socialism.
Here's a sample passage from chapter 6:
"If some people had wings and others didn't, and the government wanted to enforce "fairness," soon no one would
have wings. Because wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. Likewise, a government edict cannot
make people smarter or more capable, but it can impede the growth of those with the potential. Wouldn't it be fair
if, in the name of equality, we scar the beautiful, cripple the athletes, lobotomize the scientists, blind the artists,
and sever the hands of the musicians? Why not?"
I urge everyone who cares about freedom and free markets to read this book. Better yet, buy extra copies and give
them to your friends.
THE TEA PARTY GOES TO WASHINGTON
Author: Rand Paul
The first half of The Tea Party Goes to Washington is very autobiographical and personal. Rand Paul reminisces
about the primary, the general election, his childhood and his father's 2008 Presidential campaign. Paul comes
across as a very warm, likable, everyday guy who genuinely cares about America. A refreshing contrast to the
perception the media and his opponents tried to portray when he was running for Senate.
It's a sad fact that the term "tea party" has become so politically charged over the past couple years that it has lost
much of it's original meaning. In The Tea Party Goes To Washington, Rand helps show us the human side of the tea
party as he reminds us that the tea party is really just loosely organized groups of average Americans who are
frustrated with excessive government spending, debt, overstretch, and politics as usual.
The second half of the book focuses more on issues and what it means to be a "Constitutional Conservative". Paul
covers a wide variety of topics including constitutionally limited government, states' rights, the Patriot Act, and
There were some in the tea party movement who were afraid that Rand Paul would not be as principled as his
father when he got to Washington. While Ron and Rand do disagree from time to time, I think this book proves
that Rand has every intention of sticking to his campaign promises and fighting for what he believes in. He's not
just "following in his daddy's footsteps", he is helping lead the charge for limited government and adherence to the
A must read for all tea party members and those looking to better understand what the tea party is about.
ECOLOGY, LIBERTY & PROPERTY
Editor: Jonathan H. Adler
A Free Market Environmental Reader
Are free markets and environmental protection compatible? Is it possible to protect environmental resources
without resorting to extensive command-and-control regulation? Ecology, Liberty & Property: A Free Market
Environmental Reader answers a resounding yes. The market institutions of private property, voluntary exchange,
common law liability standards, and the rule of law are powerful medicine for environmental ills. Greater reliance
on these institutions can address environmental concerns while preserving individual liberty. The essays herein,
drawn from over fifteen years of CEI’s environmental analysis and policy research, explain the free market
approach to environmental concerns in both theory and practice. The topics covered range from solid waste and
wildlife conservation to industrial pollution and biotechnology.
Author: Clifford Winston
Privatization and Deregulation of the U. S. Transportation System
"A half-century of economics research, much of it from Brookings, convincingly shows that deregulation of
transportation services delivered enormous benefits. Last Exit argues persuasively that these benefits are limited by
continuing public provision of infrastructure and regulation or public provision of some services. Clifford Winston
proposes experiments in private provision of airports, highways, and urban passenger transportation, and more
efficient usage pricing for infrastructure, to test the strong theoretical case for increasing the scope of privatization
and deregulation. These provocative but measured proposals provide the agenda for a serious national debate on
the next steps in reforming transportation policy." --Roger Noll, Stanford University
Edited By: Gabriel Roth
Forward By: Mary E. Peters
Competition, Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads
The poor health of today's roads--a subject close to the hearts of motorists, taxpayers, and government treasurers
around the world--has resulted from faulty incentives that misdirect government decision-makers, according to the
contributors to Street Smart. During the 1990s, bad government decision-making resulted in the U.S. Interstate
Highway System growing by only one seventh the rate of traffic growth. The poor maintenance of existing roads is
another concern. In cities around the world, highly political and wasteful government decision-making has led to
excessive traffic congestion that has created long commutes, reduced safety, and caused loss of leisure time.
Street Smart examines the privatization of roads in theory and in practice. The authors see at least four possible
roles for private companies, beyond the well-known one of working under contract to design, build, or maintain
governmentally provided roads. These include testing and licensing vehicles and drivers; management of
government-owned facilities; franchising; and outright private ownership. Two chapters describe the history of
private roads in the United Kingdom and the United States. Contemporary examples are provided of road pricing,
privatizing, and contracting out are evident in environs as diverse as Singapore, Southern California, and
Scandinavia, and cities as different as Bergen, Norway, and London, England. Finally, several chapters examine
strategies for implementing privatization.
The principles governing providing scarce resources in free societies are well known. We apply them to such
necessities as energy, food, and water so why not to "road space"? The main obstacle to private, or semi-private,
ownership of roads is likely to remain the reluctance of the political class to give up a lucrative source of power and
influence. Those who want decisions about road services to be controlled by the interplay of consumers and
suppliers, in free markets, rather than by politicians, will have to explain the need for change. Street Smart makes
a powerful case for the need for change and sheds light on the complex issues involved.
Gabriel Roth is a transport and privatization consultant and a research fellow at the Independent Institute in
THE PRIVATIZATION OF ROADS & HIGHWAYS
Author: Walter Block
Human and Economic Factors
The Mises Institute is pleased to introduce Walter Block's remarkable new treatise on private roads, a 494-page
book that will cause you to rethink the whole of the way modern transportation networks operate. It is bold,
innovative, radical, compelling, and shows how free-market economic theory is the clarifying lens through which to
see the failures of the state and the alternative that is consistent with human liberty.
He shows that even the worst, off-the-cuff scenario of life under private ownership of roads would be fantastic by
comparison to the existing reality of government ownership of roads, which is awful in ways we don't entirely
realize until Block fully explains it (think highway deaths).
But that is only the beginning of what Professor Block has done. He has made a lengthy, detailed, and positive case
that the privatization of roads would be socially optimal in every way. It would save lives, curtail pollution, save us
(as individuals!) money, save us massive time, introduce accountability, and make transportation a pleasure
instead of a huge pain in the neck.
Because this is the first-ever complete book on this topic, the length and detail are absolutely necessary. He shows
that this is not some libertarian pipe dream but the most practical application of free-market logic. Block is dealing
with something that confronts us every day. And in so doing, he illustrates the power of economic theory to take
an existing set of facts and help see them in a completely different way.
What's also nice is that the prose has great passion about it, despite its scholarly detail. Block loves answering the
objections — aren’t roads public goods? Aren't roads too expensive to build privately? — And making the case, fully
aware that he has to overcome a deep and persistent bias in favor of public ownership. The writer burns with a
moral passion on the subjects of highway deaths and pollution issues. His "Open Letter to Mothers Against Drunk
Driving" is a thrill to read!
PRIVATIZATION OF WATER SERVICES IN THE UNITED STATES
Author: National Research Council
An Assessment of Issues and Experience
In the quest to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of water and wastewater services, many communities in
the United States are exploring the potential advantages of privatization of those services. Unlike other utility
services, local governments have generally assumed responsibility for providing water services. Privatization of
such services can include the outright sale of system assets, or various forms of public-private partnerships - from
the simple provision of supplies and services, to private design construction and operation of treatment plants and
distribution systems. Many factors are contributing to the growing interest in the privatization of water services.
Higher operating costs, more stringent federal water quality and waste effluent standards, greater customer
demands for quality and reliability, and an aging water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment
infrastructure are all challenging municipalities that may be short of funds or technical capabilities. For
municipalities with limited capacities to meet these challenges, privatization can be a viable alternative.
"Privatization of Water Services" evaluates the fiscal and policy implications of privatization, scenarios in which
privatization works best, and the efficiencies that may be gained by contracting with private water utilities.
THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE OCEANS
Author: Rognvaldur Hannesson
"Should anyone own the oceans' fish? The Privatization of the Oceans tackles this controversial question in a lucid
exposition of the history, politics, and economics of fisheries. With insight and wit, Rögnvaldur Hannesson explains
how the global trend toward property rights in fisheries is the contentious but unavoidable path to economic
prosperity." Susan Hanna, Professor of Marine Economics, Oregon State University
MAKING COMPETITION WORK IN ELECTRICITY
Author: Sally Hunt
This book was suggested by the CEO of my company for every new MBA recruits. I found this book really helpful in
learning a lot about the industry.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part explains what are the components, who are the players, what an
ideal industry would look like, etc of an electric industry. The second part is dedicated to the US electric industry.
The author does a wonderful job of explaining the basic fundamentals of the industry. At times some concepts get
hard to comprehend because the concepts are unusually complicated. For someone new to this industry, it might
require more than one reading and I can bet that it is worth their time.
This is a great book for anyone interested in learning about the industry.
THE BEST LAID PLANS
Author: Randal O’Toole
How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future
Drawing on 30 years of experience reviewing hundreds of government plans, Randal O'Toole shows that, thanks to
government planners, American cities are choked with congestion, major American housing markets have become
unaffordable, and the cost of government infrastructure is spiraling out of control. The book makes the case for
repeal of federal planning laws and closure of government planning offices. Every American who worries about the
insidious growth of the Nanny State must read this book.
HOW OVERREGULATION CREATES SPRAWL (EVEN IN A CITY WITHOUT ZONING)
Author: Michael Lewyn, Florida Coastal School of Law
Numerous commentators have suggested that the spread-out, automobile-dependent urban form (often referred to as "sprawl")
that dominates metropolitan America is at least partially caused by government regulation of land use. Other commentators argue
that the fate of Houston, Texas may seem to rebut that theory. Houston is America's only large city without a formal zoning code.
Yet Houston is as automobile-dependent and sprawling as many cities with zoning. It could therefore be argued that automobile-
dependent sprawl is the inevitable result of the free market, based on the following chain of logic: Assumption 1: Because Houston
lacks zoning, Houston has an unregulated, unplanned real estate market. In other words, Houston = the free market at work.
Assumption 2: Houston is an automobile-dependent, sprawling city. In other words, Houston = an example of sprawl. Conclusion:
Therefore, a city, like Houston, which allows the free market to govern land use will (like Houston) typically become an automobile-
dependent, sprawling city-and sprawl is thus a product of the free market, rather than of government interference with consumer
preferences. In other words, because Houston = the free market at work, and Houston = sprawl, the free market leads to sprawl.
The policy consequence of this chain of logic (at least for people who highly value limited government) is that government should
not discourage sprawl, for what the free market has put together, government should not tear asunder. My article rebuts this
conclusion by critiquing one of its underlying assumptions - the assumption that Houston is a free-market role model. In fact, a
wide variety of municipal regulatory and spending policies have made Houston more sprawling and automobile-dominated than
would a more free-market-oriented set of policies. The article also proposes free-market, anti-sprawl alternatives to those
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