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 idea.
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 years.
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 misfortunes.
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 associations.
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 imperialism.
The book calls for character and action to save the Republic. Not "utter cynicism", "endless policy details" and resignation.
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.