With summer on our doorstep, Im sure we all have time to do some reading on the beach. There are answers to our problems other than governmnent and in the below reading list you shall find them. Enjoy!

Davey Crockett’s “Not Yours To Give” –  http://www.house.gov/paul/nytg.htm

James Bovard’s Liberty vs. Democracy – http://www.fee.org/pdf/the-freeman/July-Aug%2006%20Bovard.pdf  (spolier alert: liberty wins, LIBERTY WINS… take.. me out… to the… ballgaaaame….)
 

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
Human Action by Mises

Ron Paul’s Revolutioin a Manifesto

Conscience of a Conservative – B. Goldwater
History of Money and Banking by Rothbard

Democracy:  the god that failed    – Hoppe
Ethics of liberty    -Rothbard
Machinery of Freedom     -D Friedman

Tom Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis

Douglas Hyde: Dedication and Leadership

Faustino Ballve: Essentials of Economics

Andrew Bacevich: American Empire

Ron Paul: Foreign Policy of Freedom

Justin Raimondo: Reclaiming the American Right

Friedrich Hayek: Road to Serfdom

Rothbard: America’s Great Depression

Albert Nock: Our Enemy, the State

Chalmers Johnson: Blowback

Mises: Liberalism

Rothbard: Man, Economy and State

Hoppe: Democracy: The God that Failed

Michael Scheur: Imperial Hubris

Robert Pape: Dying to Win

Alan Greenspan: Age of Turbulence

 

 

 

 

  What Has Government Done to Our Money? by Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

This first one is still the best introduction to money I’ve come across, and with the situation constantly going on around us, I think it’ll be indispensable in the future.  Follow-ups to this work will be listed at the end.*  It’s quite a bit longer than most of the entries on this list.

 2.  “I, Pencil” by Leonard Read

     http://www.econlib.org/LIBRARY/Essays/rdPncl1.html (and many other URLs)

 Along with Rothbard’s money tract I tend to recommend this one to everyone.  This short essay is usually used as a beginner’s work.  Something meant to open people up to the concept of the invisible hand, and undirected, spontaneous order.  With this base one can continue on in a discussion about the possibilities of an undirected world.

 3.  “The Philosophy of Liberty” flash video presentation from ISIL.

     http://www.isil.org/resources/introduction.swf

 Something simple.  The video is based on a piece by Ken Schoolland (The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible).  Without getting into fine philosophical detail, this little video presents the libertarian message with concision and accuracy.  If people view this they can usually understand the way you think if not agree with you.  So long as they understand, there’s something to build on.

 4.  “patterns” a blog post by iceberg18 (a well written individual blog from a NYC Rothbardian)

    http://iceberg18.blogspot.com/2007/07/todays-mises.html

 I include this one as a launching pad for helping folks understand the case against so-called “intellectual property.”  Now, there are some libertarians out there who support forms of IP like copyrights, patents, and trademarks (e.g. Randians), but there are probably just as many who fight them as a form of government granted monopoly.

 5.  “Do We Ever Really Get Out of Anarchy?” by Dr. Alfred G. Cuzán

     http://uwf.edu/govt/facultyforums/OutofAnarcy.pdf

 6.  La Loi (known as The Law in English) by Claude Frederic Bastiat

     http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html (and many other URLs)

 Works well for the minarchist, and for the anarchist.  Bastiat gives his theoretical defense for government that has no more powers than any individual.  Some might call that radical minarchism, or some might call that anarchism.  Though this work has been around for about 160 years now, it is relevant everyday.  This is probably the longest piece on the list of Reads.

 7.  L’etat (known as either The State in English, or The Government) by Claude Frederic Bastiat

     http://bastiat.org/en/government.html (and many other URLs)

 A quote should serve well, “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

 8.  “The Only Path to Tomorrow” by Ayn Rand

     http://fare.tunes.org/liberty/library/toptt.html

 This is a great little essay by a relatively young Rand.  She hadn’t given over to the Rightist/Conservative/Proto-Fascists just yet, and she voiced clear support for individualism against collectivism.  Not an unsullied anarchist piece, but very respectable nonetheless.

 9.  How Government Solved the Health Care Crisis by Roderick Long

     http://libertariannation.org/a/f12l3.html

 No list of mine would be complete without some contributions from Roderick Long.  This one is specifically on the Fascist medical system in America today, and how an older and better alternative was destroyed by the state.  This is also one of the pamphlets in William Gillis’ Market Anarchist series.

 10.  Punishment vs. Restitution: A Formulation by Roderick Long

      http://libertariannation.org/a/f12l2.html

 Necessary reading in my opinion.  Just what are the implications of the libertarian principle of non-aggression in regards to criminals and crime?  The piece includes a denouncement of punishment, and argues for a system of justice based on restitution as the only one compatible with libertarian principles.  This piece in combination with Rothbard’s “Punishment and Proportionality” can make one absolutely livid with rage when thinking about today’s “justice system” (more aptly systematized injustice).

 11.  A Four-Step Health-Care Solution by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

       http://www.mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=279

 A second healthcare/medical services entry.  This is one of my favorite short pieces by Hoppe.  Clearly written, easily understood, concise, to the point.

 12.  “Government Medical ‘Insurance'” by Dr. Murray N. Rothbard
      
http://www.mises.org/econsense/ch20.asp

 Continuing on a medical theme I include chapter 20 of Rothbard’s Making Economic Sense, in which he discusses the problems with modern medical insurance.

 13.  Gun Control and the War on Drugs” by Anthony Gregory

      http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0502e.asp

 An excellent little write up by Anthony Gregory, highlighting the fact that not only do the two have shared origins, they are to the libertarian, different variations of the same tune.  Share this with those who support one and not the other to show them their inconsistency.

 15.  Inside the Martial Law Act of 2006″ by James Bovard

      http://www.counterpunch.org/bovard01092008.html

 Yet another update on where America is now, from the indispensable Jim Bovard.  With the erosion of Habeas Corpus protection, the near elimination of the Insurrection Act and the Posse Comitatus Act, the existence of near universal government spying, the legitimation of torture as a tactic, prison camps for enemies of the state, seizure laws reversing the presumption of innocence, a court dedicated to the presumption of constitutionality, and government intervention at every level and in every facet of Americans’ everyday life, the stage is already set for dictatorship, totalitarianism, tyranny, despotism, etc.  In fact, it might already be here in hiding.  Read some Bovard, get informed.

 

1.  Economics for Real People by Gene Callahan

     http://www.mises.org/books/econforrealpeople.pdf

 Specifically an introduction to Austrian econ, but he explains in such clarity regular economic concepts that this is a pretty good general work as well.

 2.  The Concise Guide To Economics by Jim Cox

     http://www.conciseguidetoeconomics.com/

 Lots of short entries on important topics of economics.  Great for just looking things up.

 3.  Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics by Dr. George Reisman

     http://www.capitalism.net/Capitalism/CAPITALISM_Internet.pdf

 George Reisman’s magnum opus.  It’s honestly too enormous to recommend that someone read through, so this is definitely a resource book.  A textbook even.  While Reisman is a statist he’s probably of the least offensive variety.  An inductee of the Randian cult through and through, you can hear Rand’s words come out of his mouth.  Even the title of the book is an ode to Rand (see the first sentence of Rand’s book Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal).

 4.  The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration edited by R. Ebeling and J. Hornberger

     http://www.amatecon.com/etext/cftoi/cftoi.html

 More necessary reading in my opinion.  Unlike some other so-called libertarians and so-called anarchists Ebeling, Hornberger, the other authors whose essays are included in this collection, and all classical liberals have uphold the traditional libertarian position of open immigration (not managed and centrally planned immigration), and free trade (not managed and centrally planned trade).  This book is made up of essays by several authors, so one can pick and choose whichever sections one wants to read.  I even have chapters 6, 7, 18, 21, and 22 if anyone would like them (as they’re not included).  The Ebeling-Hornberger team also produced The Dangers of Socialized Medicine.  So if you like these essay collection books and the style that the editors edit with check that out as well.

 5.  Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market by Dr. Murray N. Rothbard
    
http://www.mises.org/rothbard/mes.asp

 Of course I was going to include Rothbard’s magnum opus.  Also designed as a college textbook, this is definitely in the resource section.  It’s gargantuan in size and scope.  Intended to supersede Mises’ Human Action as the authoritative Austrian/praxeological book (and Mises admitted that it had), it’s been the center of much of Austrian Economic studies since its publication.

 

 

 

 

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Video above is last part of MTV/Myspace dialogue from Saturday Feb. 2nd.

Describes exactly why Ron Paul is different among all the “we are change” candidates. when they mention “change” its really tinkering. what we will see is ALOT of the same. Problem is we cant afford it anymore, neither can we afford to loose any more civil liberties.

Ron Paul simply wants the government out of our lives, out of our economy and out of the lives of other people around the world. Government has failed. Socialism has failed.

Why does the federal government need the Dept. of Education, Energy, Labor, DEA, Homeland Security…etc…they have no authority under the Constitution, not in a FREE society where individuals take personal responsibility and self reliance.

Collectivism won in the 20th century, lets work hard to ensure freedom and individual liberty win  the 21st!

Ron Paul again showed Americans, especially Republicans that We the People are not happy with the government. Last night Ron Paul finished 4th in Michigan. A state the campaign spent no resources at. We still BEAT Thompson and Rudy!

Even more impressive is that more than 50,000 people said YES to Ron Pauls message. That is now more than 100,000 Americans in three states that want Freedom, Prosperity and Peace. This number will only grow larger.

There is a movement happening across America. There are now a dozen Americans running for political office as “Ron Paul Republicans”

The Republican party has lost its way, we no longer run a platform that of President Taft “Mr. Republican” and even President Reagan set forth. We have become entitlement party, borrow and spend party, trounce civil liberty party and police the world party.

Ron Paul is the answer to the Republican party. The 3 min. video is from the last debate where Paul specifically addresses why the Republican Party has lost its way.

To Freedom!

HR 1955, Risk to our Liberties

Glenn Beck with Peter Schiff on the Recession

Glenn Beck with the GAO on the Financial Crisis

Our Economic freedoms are at risk, then our liberty and freedoms. There is only one voice that will address this…Ron Paul.

Freedom…Prosperity and Peace!

Its now or never

I must discuss why it is so important why Ron Paul continues this fight. There is a threat much greater than global warming, terrorism, education, drugs…etc.  It is simply the bankruptcy of this great nation.  I stopped by the monthly meeting of Securities Traders and Analyst forum. This is a invite only meeting of the best minds in economics and investing from across the globe. I happen to know a member of this semi-elite group and I get to sit along the wall and listen. Here are some quick minutes of this meeting.

The economic forecast for America is dark. Goldman Sachs announced they believe we are in a recession and it wont be easy. The American economy is in a perfect storm for a severe economic crisis. I will try to summarize. 70% of the US GDP is now consumer spending, NOT creating wealth and services. The forthcoming credit crisis and liquidity issues will put this economic tiger to sleep. They forecast inflation to rise sharply in 2008, possibly seeing hyper-inflation by 4th qtr. 2008. A continuing falling dollar and a ever increasing tax burden will nearly crush the poor and middle class. Then throw in $60 trillion in government debt due in the next 20 years.  Point is we CANT afford more government entitlements, that means universal health care, no more tax cuts unless you have deep cuts in spending and certainly cant afford a world empire with 700 bases in 130 countries. No more WARS!!

With a consumer savings rate at negative, a tightening credit market and inflation eating up incomes our precious consumer economy will fall. If consumers can no longer spend at will and food, shelter and energy become more important than shopping at Wal-Mart, this will further throw this country into a recession. Only difference it will be include INFLATION. why…because the Federal Reserve has been pumping trillions of dollars into the money supply while keeping below market interest rates. They have done this to soften all the previous bubbles and to keep America fighting needless wars.

This economic panel were discussing trends that they have never seen in the global economy. Just before christmas the central banks of US, Europe and Britain pumped more than $600 billion into the banking system. This was a signal that something very serious was about to happen. A central bank never should add so much liquidity except during a depression period. All the while inflation is hitting new highs in Europe, Japan and now America. Then tack on all the deficit spending by the federal government. No wonder the dollar is crashing. Trade deficits are still ballooning. Just announced today new record trade deficits. And this is after the media pundits tell us dont worry about it,falling dollar will help exports…40% of American made goods use imported pieces. Yes, as the dollar falls so does your purchasing power and dollar value investments. So if you own mutual funds, IRA’s CD’s any non hard asset, your losing your savings.

Muriel Siebert was in attendance, she was the first women to receive a seat on the exchange and was the New York State Superintendent of Banking (Fed Chairman of NYS). She mentioned the seriousness of what is to come. She discussed her meeting with the Citibank board of directors very recently and she summed it up as they are SCARED, not concerned or worried, but SCARED.

The federal government can not input any stimulus, nor can the Fed. Hands are tied. Unfortunately they continue to try and it will make matters worse. Of course they will do what is necessary during a election year, but it is unsustainable. The more money the Fed prints, the more the dollar crashes. The more the government borrows, higher the interest rates. Its a one-two punch. Just wait, we will soon experience higher prices and higher interest rates and no credit.

Ok, this is what we can expect on our door step. Im including two short clips in above post, one of the with Glenn Beck with the GAO about the $60 trillion in government debt that we can not grow out of and will require all of us to pay tax rates of nearly 70%. because of the above financial crisis, we wont be able to borrow, even from the chinese and the Fed cant print more money. With $60 trillion due in 20 years…..its over…future generations are screwed..heck were screwed….the only option is the road to serfdom.

 There may be hope, because no matter what, even if we fall and can no longer buy crap from china and fill our homes with “stuff” and we end in a financial gutter. At least we have what out founders gave us…Liberty and Freedom.

Now even these are being stolen from us. With legislation such as the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act and now HR 1955 are slowly eroding the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution.  Gone Will be our economic freedoms, so will our political freedoms vanish in the new world. They can take our money, but to take our freedom is a call for a revolution.

We are seriously leaving a poorer, less free America for future generations. When do we wake up and realize life is not just about “me or I” It is time to return to the hope and promise that was laid down by our founders. We can no longer allow us to be ruled by a few elite on a hill. We the People must take back OUR country.

please watch the video on the financial crisis and the video on HR 1955.  side note, what ever your opinions on 911, focus on the affects of HR 1955 and its implications on all our rights. I personally do not agree with the 911 conspiracy, certainly not to the extent that it was a “inside job” perhaps a post on 911 at a later time. Trust me, there are far more important issues at hand.

After a invigorating 10 week stretch through Iowa and New Hampshire I saw hope, excitement and proof that people do want liberty. Then came the early primaries and though we did not expect to take first or second, but certainly third. so yes, the early stage of this race was a bit disappointing. looking at the exit polls it does appear that people are more swayed by marketing and main stream media than truth. Glenn Beck mentioned that people dont want to hear truth. Give them some slick slogans..ie. “Ready for Change”, shake hands and smile.

I must say this, that the campaign for Freedom, Prosperity and Peace will sustain. The fight goes on into Super Tuesday. Spreading the message about limited government, liberty and the Constitution will endear.

All the candidates speak in generalities and promise to provide all this “stuff”. It is this tone that has gotten this country into this mess. Ron Paul speaks very clearly on what needs to be done. And if not, very likely this great country will be brought to its knees.

Earlier in the campaign, Ron Paul mentioned that Americans have lost faith and confidence in how Freedom works. We have been taught that government will solve all our problems and will take care of us from cradle to grave. That America must make the world safe for democracy. The founders were very clear to never go into policing the world and nation building. “Stay out of entangling alliances…” Also, currency should be only that of gold or silver, not printed out of thin air.

 In the end, however, no Constitution can be self enforcing. Government officials must respect their oaths to uphold the Constitution and we the people must be vigilant in seeing that they do. The Founders drafted an extraordinary thoughtful plan of government, but it is up to us, to each generation, to preserve and protect it for ourselves and for future generations. For the Constitution will live only if it is alive in the hearts and minds of the American people. That, perhaps is the most enduring lesson of our experiment in ordered liberty.

Have we lost the love for freedom?

I have been saying this for years. We have been living well beyond our means, Americans are only enjoying this lavish lifestyle on borrowed money, not true wealth. The GNP is a measure of all wealth produce within a country. For the past 30 years we have tacked on $9 trillion in debt, our economic growth is solely based on debt. Not to mention all the money pumped into the money supply by the Fed. We have achieved wealth and growth simply by borrowing and inflating the money supply. The US no longer produces true wealth as in hard assets. We are only worth our dime on paper. Reminds me of all the millionaires during the Tech Boom. Worth $5mm on paper and after everyone realized that was fantasy, it all got wiped away.

Well, we are seeing that now. the housing crisis is upon us, oil going to top $100 brl, reversal of the Treasury yield, insolvency of the financial sector, the dollar is crashing and inflation is ever creeping up. The only sanctuary is Gold topping $800 ounce. Why…this is the only hard asset.

Ive mentioned this before. We have $60+ trillion in entitlements due in my generation. Please watch the 60 Minutes episode above which explains this pending disaster.

The founding fathers when writing the Constitution knew of the destructive power of money. They wrote the Constitution to limit the size and scope of government. Restrain the government, not the people. The Consitution even mentions that Congress is the only entity that has the power to issue legal tender, which can only be that of gold and silver. The founding fathers were strict on this because they knew if you gave the government a blank check, they will use it to grow larger and more powerful. Congress created the Federal Reserve in 1913 by the pressure of the nations largest banks to turn over control of monetary policy to a private bank that even today does not share its operations with Congress. The IRS deposits your tax money into the Fed, not the Treasury. The Fed takes your money and lends it back to you and the government with interest. This is a distribution of wealth from us to to the wealthy.

The current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke revealed to Congress that the current fiscal policy of the Federal Government in relation to spending, taxing, borrowing and entitlements are unsustainable. He agreed that we can not grow out of this problem.

The income tax only accounts for 1/3 of govt. expenditures. We have to borrow and print money to arrive at all the shortfall. So I say this, especially to all my liberal friends who believe in government entitlements, in order for us to avoid bankruptcy, the GAO predicts the income tax would have to be raised to at least 65%. Now i ask my freinds, are they willing to give up that much income? Now the same goes for the Republicans, the Neo-Cons.  If they continue with their planned foriegn policy, it measures out to the same dilema. The current race so far has a Rudy-Hillary campaign. If you look at their records and their plan once President, it has nothing to do with solving our imminent despair. They are typical politicians who like power and plan on keeping that power. They will say and do anything to get your vote and to enure they get re-elected.

What ever happened to the philosophy of voting for a President that encourages and believes in the US Constitution. We need a President who  will reduce the size and power of the Federal Government to a time when people, not lobbyist made decisions on how to live our lives. Return fiscal responsibilty to Washington. Put a end to unconstitutional laws such as the Patriot Act, National ID, Military Commissions Act and many more. Abolish federal departments that are not granted under the constitution; Department of Energy, Department of Education, Homeland Security and a few more. The reason we are in this mess is the Federal Government has been doing alot of “stuff” that it has no authority to do. We the people have given up so much to a Government that has put our great country only on a path to ruin.

I feel the next gerneration of Americans and ours will see the end of this great Republic. The pending financial crisis will ensure great political upheaval. Instead of people taking back the responsibilty for their own lives, the government will only desire more power. In the Patriot Act, there is an amendment that gives direct power to the President to enact Marshall Law at any time their is a foriegn or domestic threat to national security. I would not be surprised this over extentsion of executive power being used by our next President. Their are hard times ahead and the government is preparing to protect itself, what about US?

I am sorry to say we are moving toward tryanny. Our liberties and our way of life will be threatened like no other in the next 20 years. Do we allow this to happen? or do we say no to staus quo and to politicians that rather listen to special interest and lobbiest. Their is not one candidate on both sides that has the courage and willingness to stop this.

Ron Paul, a true conservative, a true republican, a honest and true American. There is hope, it only takes courage. Join, before its too late.