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  1. Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do

  2. The Essential American 

  3. Roger Kimball, The Long March – The ReAL Review

  4. The Worst Books Ever Written

  5. CATO, LIBERTY OF CONTRACT
    Rediscovering a Lost Constitutional Right

  6. UNDERDOGMA (This year’s “Liberty and Tyranny”)

  7. The Roots of Obama’s Rage

  8. A Simple Guide: How Liberalism, a Euphemism for Socialism, Destroys People and Nations

  9. The Golden Primer

  10. Ayn Rand Institute: 

    Free Copies of Ayn Rand’s Books for Your High School Classroom!

  11. These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America — Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine

  12. “Citizen to Citizen” – Taking back America one Vote at a time. 

  13. Gangster Government by David Freddoso

  14. American Christian Rulers (and Jubilee of the Constitution)
  15. A New American Tea Party
  16. Refounding America: A Field Manual for Patriot Activists

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Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do 

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Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do is a pretty darned good book and it’s available online for free.  It’s certainly not a short book; the paperback version is 692 pages.  It is a fairly easy and pleasant read and it is very engaging because of the importance of it’s subject matter.

The book is about personal freedom — all kinds of personal freedom.  Peter discusses government violations of our natural freedoms in areas as diverse as gambling, drugs, sex, religion, suicide, and the decision to wear or not to wear seat belts.

These issues of freedom are discussed from many standpoints, including how such laws do not represent American values, their ineffectiveness, the incredible waste of taxpayer dollars, the loss of human capital when people are imprisoned, and the horrible side effects that society must endure in order to enforce senseless laws.

McWilliams wrote “This book is about a single idea:You should be allowed to do whatever you want with your own person and property, as long as you don’t physically harm the person or property of a nonconsenting other.”  That certainly sounds like good common sense to me and it echoes the sentiments of the great philosopher John Stuart Mill, who wrote “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.”

The book has been recommended by many good people, including Hugh Downs, John Stossel, and William F. Buckley Jr.  It’s available at no cost online, or you can order it from Amazon.  It’s definitely worth a few hours of your time.

THIS BOOK IS BASED on a single idea: You should be allowed to do whatever you want with

your own person and property, as long as you don’t physically harm the person or property of

a non-consenting other.

Simple. Seemingly guaranteed to us by that remarkable document known as United States

Constitution and its even more remarkable Bill of Rights. And yet, it’s not the way things are.

Roughly half of the arrests and court cases in the United States each year involve consensual

crimes—actions that are against the law, but directly harm no one’s person or property except,

possibly, the “criminal’s.”

More than 750,000 people are in jail right now because of something they did, something that

did not physically harm the person or property of another. In addition, more than 3,000,000

people are on parole or probation for consensual crimes. Further, more than 4,000,000 people

are arrested each year for doing something that hurts no one but, potentially, themselves.

The injustice doesn’t end there, of course. Throwing people in jail is the extreme. If you can

throw people in jail for something, you can fire them for the same reason. You can evict

them from their apartments. You can deny them credit. You can expel them from schools.

You can strip away their civil rights, confiscate their property, and destroy their lives—just

because they’re different.

At what point does behavior become so unacceptable that we should tell our government to

lock people up? The answer, as explored in this book: We lock people up only when they

physically harm the person or property of a non-consenting other.

Here’s just a few points covered in the book, each covered in more depth within their own chapters:

 

It’s un-American. America is based on personal freedom and on the strength of

diversity, not on unnecessary limitation and slavish conformity. The American dream is

that we are all free to live our lives as we see fit, providing we do not physically harm

the person or property of another.

It’s unconstitutional. United States Constitution and its Bill of Rights clearly give us the

right to pursue our lives without the forced intervention of moralists, do-gooders, and

busybodies.

Laws against consensual activities are opposed to the principles of private property,

free enterprise, capitalism, and the open market. If everything thus far has sounded

hopelessly liberal, here’s a nice conservative argument: Our economic system is based on

the sanctity of private property. What you own is your own business; you can give it

away, trade it, or sell it for a profit or a loss none of which is the government’s business.

This is the system known as capitalism. We recently fought (and won) a forty-five-year

cold-and-hot war against communism to maintain it. For the government to say that

certain things cannot be owned, bought, given away, traded, or sold is a direct violation

of both the sanctity of private property and the fundamental principles of capitalism.

It’s expensive. We’re spending more than fifty billion dollars per year catching and

jailing consensual “criminals.” In addition, we’re losing at least an additional $150 billion

in potential tax revenues. In other words, each man, woman, and child in this country is

paying $800 per year to destroy the lives of 5,000,000 fellow citizens. If we did nothing

else but declare consensual crimes legal, the $200,000,000,000 we’d save each year

could wipe out the national debt in twenty years, or we could reduce personal income

tax by one-third. Another economic high point: moving the underground economy of

consensual crimes aboveground would create 6,000,000 tax-paying jobs. And then there’s

the matter of interest. The $50 billion we spend jailing consensual “criminals” is not just

spent; it’s borrowed. The national debt grows larger. Six percent interest compounded

over thirty years adds $250 billion to that $50 billion figure a dandy legacy for our

progeny.

The cops can’t catch ’em; the courts can’t handle ’em; the prisons can’t hold ’em. As

it is, the police are catching less than 20% of the real criminals those who do harm the

person or property of others. There is simply no way that the police can even make a

dent in the practice of consensual crimes. Even if the police could catch all the

consensual criminals, the courts couldn’t possibly process them. The courts, already

swamped with consensual crime cases, can’t handle any more. Real criminals walk free

every day to rape, rob, and murder again because the courts are so busy finding

consensual criminals guilty of hurting no one but themselves. And even if the courts

could process them, the prisons are already full; most are operating at more than 100%

capacity. To free cells for consensual criminals, real criminals are put on the street

every day.

As United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson explained:

The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the

vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of

majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by

the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press,

freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be

submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts as are only injurious to others.

THOMAS JEFFERSON 

We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how very often it is necessary,

in order to preserve freedom for the minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority down.

WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR.

While this book is relatively heavy to lift, it isn’t heavy

reading. It’s broken into dozens of short chapters and is

more suited to browsing than to reading cover-to-cover.

—Seattle Times

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The Essential American

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The Essential American: A Patriot’s Resource: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own

 

by Jackie Gingrich-Cushman

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Roger Kimball, The Long March – The ReAL Review

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Few things matter more than our “culture.”  Few current writers better appreciate its power and explain its texture than Roger Kimball, the managing editor of the New Criterion and an art critic for the Spectator of London and National Review.  And, to speak personally, few writers have better enabled me to get a grasp on developments within education and art, ethics and philosophy.  (His Tenured Radicals:  How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education, is as relevant today as when it was published in 1990.)  During the past decade he has published four volumes—all essay collections—that I recommend for anyone wondering about the formative currents of our culture.

First consider The Long March:  How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America(San Francisco:  Encounter Books c. 2000), wherein Kimball observes that “our culture seems to have suffered some ghastly accident that has left it afloat but rudderless:  physically intact, its ‘moral center’ a shambles” (p. 4).  The “ghastly accident” was the revolutionary ‘60s, whose “paroxysms” still create the cultural chaos best evident “in our educational and cultural institutions, and in the degraded pop culture that permeates our lives like a corrosive fog” (p. 5).  The result has been revolutionary, “not in toppled governments but in shattered values” (p. 7).  Symbolic of the era were the rock musicians of the era, including such dissimilar groups as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, who effectively promoted a Dionysian philosophy of antinomian, hedonistic excess.

Their values—the ethos of the “counterculture”—quickly infiltrated our schools and colleges, our families and churches, our media and politics.  When they failed to orchestrate a political revolution, the radicals of the ‘60s moved from marching in the streets to launching a “long march through the institutions.”  In so doing, they embraced the strategy of Antonio Gramsci (an Italian Marxist) and celebrated Mao Tse-tung’s “long march” and “cultural revolution.”  (Remember the voguish Mao jackets of those days!)  Urged on by Herbert Marcuse (perhaps “the philosopher” of the counterculture in the United States), young radicals like Tom Hayden and Bill Ayers determined to work within established institutions (universities, churches, media) while plotting their destruction.

Ever attuned to historical developments, Kimball locates Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1754) as “an important intellectual and moral grandfather of so much that happened in the cultural revolution of the 1960s” (p. 18).  Rousseau, of course, provided a Romantic strain to the revolutionary turmoil that has blemished the world since the French Revolution.  He talked expansively about “freedom” and “virtue”—as have his devotees, beginning with Robespierre—but his version of virtue “had nothing to do with acting or behaving in a certain way toward others.  On the contrary, the criterion of virtue was his subjective feeling of goodness.  For Rousseau, as for the countercultural radicals who followed him, ‘feeling good about yourself’ was synonymous with moral rectitude.  Actually behaving well was irrelevant if not, indeed, a sign of ‘inauthenticity’ because it suggested a concern for conventional approval” (p. 17).

To understand the frenzy that overwhelmed the churches and schools in the ‘80s—sanctifying self-esteem as the noblest of human traits—one need only turn to Rousseau!

The turn to Rousseau was evident in the “beatniks” of the 1950s who provided a preview of the coming counterculture.  Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac et al. launched “one of the most toxic cultural movements in American history” (p. 38).  They personified  “The adolescent longing for liberation from conventional manners and intellectual standards; the polymorphous sexuality; the narcissism; the destructive absorption in drugs; the undercurrent of criminality; the irrationalism; the naïve political radicalism and reflexive anti-Americanism; the adulation of pop music as a kind of spiritual weapon; the Romantic elevation of art as an alternative to rather than as an illumination of normal reality; the pseudo-spirituality, especially the spurious infatuation with Eastern religions:  in all this and more the Beats provided a vivid glimpse of what was to come” (p. 46).

Having established his premises, Kendall carefully analyzes a number of important representatives of the counterculture, including the novelist Norman Mailer, who “is an important figure in the story of America’s cultural revolution not because people found him ridiculous but, on the contrary, because many influential people took the ideas of this ridiculous man seriously” (p. 73).  Then there was Susan Sontag, an “archetypical New-Left writer” who celebrated the both exploits of Fidel Castro and “the pornographic imagination.”  She and other acolytes of Sigmund Freud espoused “sexual liberation,” using the spurious “research” of Alfred Kinsey to justify their liberation from traditional norms.  Giving a Marxist philosophical rationale to the movement, Herbert Marcuse published Eros and Civilization(“a book that became a bible of the counterculture”), and Charles Reich’s The Greening of America celebrated the counterculture as the wave of the future destined to radically improve the nation.

Concluding his treatise, in a chapter titled “What the Sixties Wrought,” Kimball asserts that the ideology of the ‘60s has “triumphed so thoroughly that its imperatives became indistinguishable from everyday life:  they became everyday life” (pp. 247-248).  If we look clearly, comparing where we are with where we were, we recognize that much in our schools and churches, our music and TV, bears the imprint of an enormous cultural revolution which succeeded through infiltration and subversion, not by challenging and openly defeating traditional ways.  What few of us could have imagined in 1960 has transpired and we now live in a cultural world shaped by the ‘60s.  And to Kimball, at least, this is unmitigated bad news!

Gerard Reed is a retired professor of history and philosophy, most recently Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He is the author of three books–The Liberating Law; C.S. Lewis and the Bright Shadow of Holiness; C.S. Lewis Explores Vice & Virtue–as well as a variety of articles and book reviews.

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The Worst Books Ever Written

December 17, 2010 by Chip Wood 

Have you read a really bad book lately?  No, I don’t mean one of those “beach books” with poor plotting, inane dialogue and pitiful characterization. Lord knows there are plenty of those out there.

No, I’m talking here about some really dreadful books. The ones that helped produce the world’s most ruthless dictators… slaughtered millions of innocent civilians… and created the most misery.

A couple of years ago, Human Events (one of my favorite conservative news-weeklies) asked a group of scholars and public-policy leaders to compile a list of the 10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th centuries. Each panelist nominated a number of titles. They then voted on all books nominated, with the worst (No. 1) getting 10 points, the next getting nine points and so on down the list.

A whole bunch of terrible titles got an Honorable Mention. (Or maybe that should be a Dishonorable Mention.)  But here are the Top 10 — the books the scholars credited with causing more harm to mankind than anything else written in the past 250 years.

1. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
There was near-unanimity on the book that deserved the No. 1 slot. The Communist Manifesto received almost twice as many points as the title that captured second place. And is it any wonder?   The “dictatorship of the proletariat,” as implemented by Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong, led to the wholesale extermination of more than 200 million people.

I’m not talking about the victims of war here, but the systematic slaughter of entire populations as a means of consolidating and preserving state power.  Of course the “withering away of the state,” as promised in the Manifesto, has never occurred anywhere communism has been tried. That was nothing more than boob-bait, as H.L. Mencken rightly observed, designed to seduce credulous idealists and immature college students.

2. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) was originally published in two parts in 1925 and 1926, after Hitler was imprisoned for leading the Nazi Brown Shirts in the so-called “Beer Hall Putsch” that tried to overthrow the Bavarian government. In it, Hitler explained exactly what he planned to do once he seized power — murder the Jews, wage war against France and then Russia and establish a thousand-year reign (his “Third Reich”) for the Aryan race.

What a pity that authorities dismissed him as an insignificant annoyance, instead of the evil genius whose efforts would lead directly to World War II, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians, and the slaughter of millions of Jews. They released him from prison instead of saving all of us from a lot of suffering.

3. Quotations from Chairman Mao by Mao Zedong
This tract, also known as “The Little Red Book,” was ostensibly written by the Chinese Communist dictator in 1966, 17 years after he seized power in China and founded the “People’s Republic.”  More than a billion copies were distributed in China as part of Mao’s “cultural revolution.” 

But believe it or not, Mao’s “Little Red Book” found its greatest popularity among Marxist college professors in the West, who couldn’t get enough of such anti-American pap as this from Chairman Mao: “It is the task of the people of the whole world to put an end to the aggression and oppression perpetrated by imperialism, and chiefly by U.S. imperialism.”

4. The Kinsey Report by Alfred Kinsey
Kinsey and his staff conducted extensive surveys of American sexual habits, including incredibly explicit one-on-one interviews, in the 1940s. The results appeared in two books — Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, published in 1948, and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, published in 1953. Together, the two became known as The Kinsey Report.

Kinsey, a zoologist at Indiana University, acknowledged that part of his purpose was to give a scientific gloss to the normalization of promiscuity and deviancy. One reviewer later noted that Kinsey’s first report “stunned the nation by saying that American men were so sexually wild that 95 percent of them could be accused of some kind of sexual offense under 1940s laws.” 

His second report went even further, describing “sexual activity involving girls younger than age 4 and suggest[ing] that sex between adults and children could be beneficial.”

5. Democracy and Education by John Dewey
Here’s a name that isn’t mentioned much anymore, but Dewey’s influence in the first half of the 20th century was enormous. In this 1916 work, Dewey (the “father of progressive education”) denounced education that focused on traditional character development and the accumulation of “hard” knowledge (i.e., facts).

Instead, the secular humanist advocated teaching “thinking skills,” with little concern about what is “right” or “wrong.”  We are still paying the price for such idiocy today, nearly 100 years later.

6. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
When he died in 1867, Marx had completed just the first volume of a planned three-volume study. His benefactor Friedrich Engels finished the other two volumes from notes Marx left. In his magnum opus, Marx portrayed capitalism as merely an ugly phase in human development, in which capitalists exploit labor by paying the cheapest wages possible to amass as much wealth as possible. (Sounds like a Barack Obama speech today, doesn’t it?)  Such injustice would end, Marx said, in a worldwide proletarian revolution.

7. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
In this 1963 bestseller, Betty Friedan, the first of the angry feminists, disparaged stay-at-home motherhood as “a comfortable concentration camp.” Friedan later founded and was for many years the president of the National Organization for Women.
 
Friedan was no mere liberal activist, however. As David Horowitz notes, “from her college days and until her mid-30s, she was a Stalinist Marxist, the political intimate of the leaders of America’s Cold War fifth column, and for a time even the lover of a young communist.”

Friedan’s unattractiveness was much more than skin deep; her ugliness went all the way to the bone.

8. Course of Positive Philosophy by Auguste Comte
I’m not sure how this one made it to Top 10. Like you, I can think of lots of books that have done more damage — starting with Dr. Spock’s baby book, which told generations of parents not to spank their children. Still, this six-volume study, published between 1830 and 1842, is generally credited with creating the field of social studies, or “sociology” (a word Comte coined).
 
The son of a royalist Catholic family that survived the French revolution, Comte turned his back on theology, bragging that, “I have naturally ceased to believe in God.”  Comte taught that man alone, through scientific observation, could determine the way things ought to be, without any reliance on a Higher Power.

9. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
An oft-scribbled bit of college-campus graffiti goes, “God is dead — Nietzsche,” followed by “Nietzsche is dead — God.”   Nietzsche’s contention that “God is dead” first appeared in his 1882 book, The Gay Science, but was expanded and popularized in Beyond Good and Evil, which appeared four years later.
 
In it, the German philosopher argued that all men are driven by an amoral “Will to Power,” and that superior men will sweep aside all obstacles to their ambition, including religiously-inspired moral rules. Not surprisingly, the Nazis loved Nietzsche.

10.  General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes 
Lord Keynes was an interesting contradiction. A member of the British elite (he was educated at Eton and Cambridge), he did more to popularize ever-expanding government than any other economist of his era.

Keynes became immensely wealthy through his investments, yet argued in favor of deficit spending and government borrowing. Long before Richard Nixon famously said, “We are all Keynesians now,” Franklin Roosevelt used Keynes’ arguments to justify the massive growth of government. As a result, today we have a $3.5 trillion Federal budget and a $13.8 trillion national debt. Thanks, Lord Keynes.

Dishonorable Mentions
Want some more really bad books?  There are 10 titles that garnered a substantial number of votes, but fell short of the top 10. In order they are: The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich, What Is To Be Done by V.I. Lenin, Authoritarian Personality by Theodor Adorno, On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [I don’t know why this got included], Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner, Reflections on Violence by Georges Sorel, The Promise of American Life by Herbert Croly, The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault and Soviet Communism: A New Civilization by Sidney and Beatrice Webb.

So there you have it — 20 books that have caused unimaginable suffering, horror and devastation in the world. While some of them have (deservedly) disappeared into the trash cans of history, you will still find most of them praised and promoted on our college campuses today.

And allow me to add one more: Dreams from My Father: A Story of Inheritance, by Barack Obama (and William Ayers). This book is credited with helping to launch Obama’s Presidential campaign. You can see where that has gotten us.

Until next time, keep some powder dry –Chip Wood

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Rediscovering a Lost Constitutional Right

By David N. Mayer

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-Stephen B. Presser, Northwestern University School of Law
 

Alarmed by the explosive growth of government, Americans today are more interested than ever in the Constitution and the rights it protects. Liberty of Contract sheds light on one of those important rights: that of individuals to enter into contracts with each other.

This book charts the history of the fundamental human right of economic liberty, a right that the Founding Fathers considered to be a fundamental part of “the pursuit of happiness.” In fact, that right was protected by English judges for more than 150 years before U.S. independence, and American courts continued this vigilance during the country’s early years and through the Civil War amendments that expanded protection to all Americans, regardless of race. The book then charts the changes that occurred when Progressive-era judges began to tear away those protections and concludes with an account of current controversies involving abusive licensing laws, freedom of speech in advertising, rules that override private property rights without just compensation, and more.

This fundamental constitutional right was protected by the Supreme Court in the early 20th century, from 1897 until the New Deal, during what is called the “Lochner era.” Named after its most famous liberty-of-contract decision, the Lochner era saw the Court repeatedly safeguard the liberty of contract by declaring unconstitutional laws that interfered with the freedom of people to bargain over the terms of their own contracts. These included minimum-wage and maximum-hours laws, housing segregation laws, licensing laws and other laws limiting entry into certain markets, and laws interfering with the freedom of parents to determine what kind of schooling their children receive. Then, in 1937, as part of the “New Deal revolution,” the Court abandoned its protection of this vital aspect of economic and personal liberty, thus allowing the tremendous growth in the nation’s regulatory and welfare state that has occurred over the past several decades.

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A Simple Guide: How Liberalism, a Euphemism for Socialism, Destroys People and Nations

Long-time St. Louis Activist Exposes the Historic Disasters of Socialism and Completely Eviscerates its Major Policies
  

 

St. Louis patriot Fred Sauer has just released an amazing new book:  A Simple Guide:  How Liberalism, A Euphemism for Socialism, Destroys Peoples and Nations.

This is one of the most unusual, fascinating, and thorough unwrappings of Socialism that you will ever see.

The author first provides a concise examination of the economic outcomes of the various nations who took the bitter pill of socialism in the 20th Century.  Having provided this context, he then systematically exposes the major political actions and techniques that Liberals have used in the last 100 years to subvert representative government and achieve single party control of our great nation.

The conclusions are devastating.  They reveal just how dangerous is the precipice upon which the United States of America finds itself at this time in our history.

The Simple Guide is well cited and contains excellent analysis for the non-technical reader.  It will become a reference work on the destruction of the false promises of Socialism.

Arm yourself with this knowledge, so that, understanding the machinations of the Liberalism, we can discredit it forever and expunge it from our great nation!

As part of his work Fred N. Sauer studies in great detail news stories, analyzing their economic impact. Fred only makes one kind of argument – airtight – because mistakes have far reaching consequences in the lives of people who trust him.

  For more from FRED SAUER visit his website: http://americasculturalstudies.com/buy-the-book/?gclid=CL2D7PyXsKcCFQjd4AodKjXVTw

A Simple Guide: is indeed simple, but it is not easy. Fred Sauer has compiled a narrative making the case that Socialist policies have been a consistent, relentless destroyer of people, wealth and nations from its bitter inception.

 In A Simple Guide: Mr. Sauer does not skip the details, nor does he expect you to take his word for it. Extensive quotations allow you to pore over the same materials that lead him to the conclusions he places before you.
Fred Sauer does not insult your intelligence in A Simple Guide: but rather offers you the thorough, crushing evidence of modern liberalism’s shocking, shameless devastation and enslavement.
With A Simple Guide: the reader is armed with the facts, well documented and undiluted. Each chapter is loaded with the rock-solid knowledge you need to repel the claims of the Left and prove to the fair-minded that the promises of liberalism are lies and cannot be fulfilled.

A Simple Guide: is accessible, but merits close study and is worth reading and re-reading. Fred’s analysis helps you make the connections. At the end you will be armed with the intellectual tools to destroy liberalism on the battleground of ideas.

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 9.

Golden Primer

About The Golden Primer

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The Golden Primer is the entertaining doxology of America’s personal and national character at a modern crossroads in a race of ideals, attitudes and self-will. It is a blended novel from true and original sources of mystery, romance, intrigue, confusion, love, ultimatum, peace, hate, comedy, war, and reliance, all stacked as memorial stones in a diary of our heritage.

America’s people and culture have been unique to the world over the last 400 years. This is the untold story. Unfortunately, we have allowed for inner-dependence on misguided hope and altered priorities. Our once-reliable institutions are becoming irrelevant and cry out for restoration. Historical revisionism and tolerant apathy have slowly devoured our being, leaving us as a shell of our intended blessings. However, if we focus upon character, we solve our problems.

Volume 1 (presented in four books) is the first of a multi-volume series. Alone, it contains 2,600 pages, 1,000+ stunning illustrations, and 800,000 words that rival other literary works in depth such as Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace (560,000 words), The Bible (770,000 words), and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (513,000 words). It also includes over 750 piercing study-guide questions.

Truth hunters should prepare to be vividly challenged by the genesis of who we are and how we have arrived at this point. The many trustworthy voices which authored this series provide a road map for your understanding. Who is America’s Body? We are the flock, we who care about our legacy, now and into eternity; we who believe that if America’s soul suffers the loss of sight, the world will shudder in a loss of light; we who endear ourselves to immutable truth; we who profoundly reject itching ears. If we focus upon character, we solve our problems.

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Free Copies of Ayn Rand’s Books for Your High School Classroom! 

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Quotes from Teachers

“I have been teaching Rand’s novels for years and students have always had to buy the novel to participate. This will enable me to teach it to even more of my students.  Thanks so much.” —Silver Creek, New York

“I rank Rand’s novels at the top of my list. I always recommend her to students and teachers. She has a way of touching students in a meaningful way.”—High school teacher in Georgia

About the books

Anthem and The Fountainhead both contain many elements that appeal strongly to young readers. They are inspiring and exciting stories, with heroic characters fighting for their ideals. The novels portray events with profound and timeless significance, challenging readers to decide not just what will happen to particular characters, but what their own lives and the world should be like.

Anthem

This novelette tells of a dark world of the future, a society so collectivized that even the word “I” has vanished from the language and one man’s defiance of that society. Anthem’s theme is: the meaning and glory of man’s ego. Anthem is appropriate for grades 9 and 10.

“The students loved this novel.  They were intrigued from the beginning to the end.  The word spread and I had students from other classes coming in to borrow the book.  I think it rates as an all time favorite.”—9th grade teacher from Georgia

The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead is the story of an innovative, uncompromisingly independent architect, Howard Roark, and his battle against a tradition-worshipping society. Its theme is “individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man’s soul.” Ayn Rand presented here for the first time her projection of an ideal man. The Fountainhead is appropriate for grades 11 and 12.

“I love teaching the story because it forces students to think on their own.”—High school teacher from Pennsylvania

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All you have to do is teach the book!

With the generous help of our donors and your local businesses, the Ayn Rand Institute is providing free copies of Ayn Rand’s novels, along with teacher’s guides and lesson plans, to high schools in the US and Canada. If you are a teacher, and you would like to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to teach Ayn Rand’s novels in your classroom, please complete our request form.

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Thomas Paine was called the “pamphleteer of the revolution.” His words inspired many Americans to oppose the oppression of King George’s Redcoats.

Now, as many are turning to the Tea Party movement and Americans are preparing for a crucial mid-term election that may determine whether America remains a free republic, a vital new book from the American Civil Rights Union brings Paine’s words to life in a unique format.

These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America — Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine, was written by noted constitutional attorney John Armor and published just before his death on Aug. 20.

Although many books have been written about Paine, the Armor book uniquely arranges Paine’s words for easy reading, accompanied by Armor’s own witty and illuminating commentary in the margins, and is brilliantly illustrated with drawings from Olga Calco.

These are the times that try men’s souls. Order the book now!

“Every Tea Partier and political candidate must read John Armor’s revival of Thomas Paine’s works to best understand what we’re fighting for, and against, in 2010 and 2012.” — Jed Babbin

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  Contents

Section 1: It’s Time. . 1
  Discover how big and how far removed the government really is from the citizenry
Section 2: What’s Your Sign?. . 9
  Not your astrological sign – the sign that allows government to classify you in order to influence you
Section 3: A Willing and Able Partner. . 17
  It’s not what you think – it’s what you think about
Section 4: Dependency—Creating It, Controlling It, Expanding It. . 29
  Methods, processes and procedures the government uses to assure continued expansion
Section 5: Representing the Average Citizen?. . 37
  How and why the government ignores the average citizen
Section 6: Control—the Ultimate Weapon. . 47
  How control really works in government
Section 7: Why It Never Changes—Why Average Citizens Always Lose.. 55
  Creating and maintaining squeaky wheels
Section 8: Feeling Manipulated?. . 71
  Whether you feel it or not it’s working
Section 9: You See—It’s All About the Money. . 79
  But not the money you think
Section 10: Patronage and Dependency. . 91
  Using your money to promote an agenda against your core values and beliefs
Section 11: The Language of Deceit. . 97
  Government speak; lies, lies, lies
Section 12: The Greening of the Government and Its Officials. . 107
  Imagine investing in a product and then creating laws requiring the use of your product
Section 13: Options for Actions. . 119

References.. 127

Message from the author

As a proud citizen of the United States, I have become more and more concerned about the size and scope of government. I’m not a politician, I’m not a celebrity, I’m not running for office, I don’t represent anyone or anything nor do I have any interest in any of those pursuits. The fact is that I am pretty much an everyday citizen. If that somehow detracts from your interest in reading this book I am very sorry because the very point t of the book is that we everyday citizens have been and will continue to be lost n the shuffle if we don’t increase our participation.

More importantly though, our participation needs to be grounded in an understanding not only about where we are but how and why we got there and what we need to do differently going forward. This book addresses these  issues from an everyday citizen’s perspective using factual, everyday examples of why and how the government continues to usurp our freedoms and liberties.

Some of the key issues which are examined in detail in the book are presented below. You can also see several quotes from readers. Thank you very much for visiting this website! 

One statistic on government growth = 650%

We only need to look at ONE statistic to understand how pervasive government growth has become. Since 1970 the population is the United States has grown by just about 48%. Over that same period the government grew at a rate 14 times faster than the population – a whopping 650% compared to that 48%. And the growth legislated over the past year will far surpass 650% going forward.
 
  Why does the government continue to grow despite your protests?  

 
There are two reasons: first because they control the agenda and second because they have achieved enough control over some segments of the citizenry to be able to demand extrapolate that power over the rest of us. Understanding how these key issues (the power of the agenda and the power over segments of the citizenry) are linked is the key to understanding how and why government will continue to grow unless citizens demand otherwise.  
 
Why are your concerns never on the Government Agenda?  

 
As an average citizen I always wondered why the solutions  to problems that seemed pretty clear to me were never offered or discussed by the government.  This book explores why.  
 
Why you cant’ talk to your (child, sibling, spouse, friend) about politics?  

 
 If you have ever wondered why you can’t even begin a political discussion, let alone have a civil political discussion with otherwise important people in your life, this book will give you the answer. 

  Why every politicians #1 priority (EDUCATION) continues to fail?  

  Yes the priorities do change from time to time – jobs are a current priority as is security, but those are temporary priorities. Throughout my lifetime I have listened to every single politician discuss education as their #1 priority. Even when jobs are a priority the discussion always seems to get back to education. So why does education continue to fail (by the governments own measures) when it is every politicians priority and has been for the last 40 years? You will understand exactly why when you read “Citizen to Citizen”.  
 
Why cap and trade is even  more dangerous than government run health care.  

  If you understand government growth and exactly how and why it happens, you will understand why a proposal such as Cap and Trade is even on the nations agenda. The fact that we are having open debate about the pure and unadulterated seizure of our freedoms, liberties and fortunes demonstrates the power in controlling the nations agenda. The fact that we have an issue as pervasive as cap and trade on the agenda is indicative of the governments thirst for complete control of everything and everyone. Citizen to Citizen explores the implications of that control, the methods the government uses to establish control of the agenda, and the government partners and dependents who are complicit in that control.

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13. Gangster Government by David Freddoso

Gangster GovernmentAnd in this new and stunning book, New York Times best-selling author David Freddoso (The Case Against Barack Obama) provides the much-needed exposé of an administration that has brought Chicago-style corruption and strong-arm politics to Washington, looking to reward its friends (the unions, federal workers, and other liberal interest groups) and punish its enemies (the private sector workers and taxpayers who foot the bill for Obama’s massive expansion of the federal government).

Gangster Government is a devastating and revealing look at the momentous first two years of the Obama administration and its subversion of our Constitution and laws. It casts a hard look at a president whose training on Chicago’s political playground shines through every bent law and every broken promise.


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American Christian Rulers
** OFFICIAL REFERENCE GUIDE FROM 1890 **

200 Real Men of Government Who Loved God & Country

 
Image 1We live in a time when many politicians are dirt bags. They believe lying, cheating, and stealing are just “part of the job.” Recently, some of our politicians have taken lewd pictures of themselves and sent them to young ladies. And no one can forget what Bill Clinton did in the White House with Monica Lewinsky.How did we get here? Why do Americans continue to vote thieves and perverts into power? Were politicians always this depraved? No, they weren’t. Americans once held their leaders to higher standards

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Reprinted for the first time since 1890, this 650-page reference guide of Rev. Edward J. Giddings’s biographies of nearly 200 American statesmen recalls a time in American history when the citizens of this republic made no distinction between the personal morality and public service of their leaders.

Based on the private testimony and eyewitness accounts of the personal lives of these men—spanning from colonial governors and representatives to United States Senators and Presidents—Giddings’s diverse collection of the Christian character that indwelled our marble halls of state for over two centuries demonstrates the former greatness of our nation, and now acts as a clarion call to renew our political integrity in a corruption-laden 21st century.


“This book is not just a fascinating reading. It is a call to modern Christian voters to demand more than just fiscal conservatism and balanced budgets from our leaders, and a call to politicians to return to single-minded, unimpeachable integrity.”


In this diverse collection of nearly 200 biographies culled from two centuries of American leadership—from colonial legislatures to the White House—Rev. Giddings establishes a convincing case that the United States was a Christian nation not just because of the institutions she boasted, but because of the lives her people led.

This classic exposé of nearly 200 great American statesmen testifies to the genuine faith of our nation’s fledgling days: that Christianity was the foundation of our public service, that an overwhelmingly Christian populace exercised uncontestable political pressure over the civic character of the country, and that America ascended to greatness because of—and not despite—her Christian foundation. Hardback, 650 pages

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Jubilee Of The Constitution AT NO COST!

 

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Jubilee of the Constitution


In 1839, in a speech to the New York Historical Society on the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington, John Quincy Adams, then representing Massachusetts’s 12th district in Congress, drew from the biblical tradition of the Jubilee to combine an ideological history of the formation of the United States with a stylized biography of our first President under the Constitution.Covering the events, figures, and prevailing philosophies of the European and American continents from the time of the English Civil Wars through the French Revolution and beyond, Adams educes the principles of the Declaration of Independence, recounts the early weaknesses and first crises of our fledgling republic, and lauds Washington and his Constitution as the salvation for a nation on the verge of dissolution.

In particular, Adams examines the history and formative defects of the Articles of Confederation with a critical eye, and traces the unraveling of their fragile union while recounting the hopeful formation of a new one.

At the same time, The Jubilee of the Constitution chronicles much of the largely untold history of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including such important events as the Citizen Genêt Affair, the Jay Treaty, the discovery of the Columbia River, and the Nullification Crisis, and elucidates the differing American perspectives on the revolving door of bloodshed and power in France during the 1790s.

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A New American Tea Party

Image 1About the Author: John M. O’Hara is Manager of External Relations at The Heartland Institute.What has driven hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets in protest since late February, 2009? A cry of “enough” government expansion and interference and reassertion of individual liberty: a first principle that became a rallying cry behind a movement. A New American Tea Party presents the voices behind the growing discontent among every day citizens with increased government taxation, spending, and intervention.

Author John M. O’Hara – a rising star in the conservative/libertarian movement – played an integral role in starting the first modern day tea party in February of 2008, an effort that sparked off a nation wide movement. On tax day in April 2009, hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in more than 800 cities to voice their opposition to out of control spending at all levels of government. In August, citizens in every state of the union made their voices heard at congressional town hall meetings. On September 12, 2009 over half a million people marched on the U.S. Capitol.

A New American Tea Party explains how these protests evolved and were organized, and distills the results-including the often bizarre media backlashes-of the movement, the philosophy behind the movement, and the road ahead. Written by one of the leading organizers behind the protests, this book shows you how the costs of bailouts and other excessive government interference today is philosophically incompatible with the founding principles of our nation and simply unsustainable for future generations.

  • Skillfully lays out the case against excessive government interference and why the tea party movement is necessary and significant
  • Discusses the radical policies being advanced that make this movement more necessary than ever
  • Exposes the phony activism of the Left and how politically powerful, well-funded organizations attempt to stifle the voices of concerned citizens
  • Offers a look into current and future policy battles and how the movement will grow in response
  • Discusses what it will take to turn the momentum of this movement into positive, lasting change in public policy

If you’re concerned with the growth of government, the state of the union we will pass on to the next generation, and you want to see a roadmap for a better way forward, then you need to read A New American Tea Party

Chapters Cover:

  • The Tea Parties
  • Abandoned Principles and the People
  • The Financial Crisis and the Bailouts
  • The Political Class Reacts
  • Straight from the Economist-in-Chief Himself
  • The Media Blackout
  • Propaganda and Disinformation
  • Radical Tactics
  • Health Care Takes Center Stage
  • Free-Range or Free-Market?
  • On the Role of Government
  • Rejection of the Mediocrity Ethic
  • Mastering the Art of Rallies
  • Coordination not Competition
  • Promoting Principles over Personalities
  • The Right Ideals and the Right People
  • Using Social Networking
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Refounding America Book - Autographed!

Book Excerpts

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” –Ronald Reagan

Ron Robinson, The Young America’s Foundation President:

Refounding America is the “how to” book for the American Patriot who is fighting the battle to unwind the tentacles of creeping progressivism and big-brother statism in Washington and state capitals throughout the land. If you love the Constitution and the great American values of free enterprise, liberty, personal freedom and the right to run your own life without a Nanny State telling you what to think and how to live, then this book is for you. It is a call-to-arms to take back America and restore the values of our forefathers. Buy this book now!” (see: YAF.org)

•Dr. Eamonn Butler, The Adam Smith Institute Executive Director and author of The Best Book on the Market: How to stop worrying and love the free economy:

Refounding America is a breathtaking book – much more than a mere list of concerns about the way America is going and a restatement of America’s values. It’s also a practical manual on how ordinary Americans can actually get their tool kit together, get under the hood, and set about fixing things.” (see: AdamSmith.org)

•Morton Blackwell, The Leadership Institute President and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan:

Millions of highly motivated, newly activated conservatives and classical liberals now realize they owe it to their philosophy to study how to win. Just in time for their arrival into politics, Refounding America is the field manual they should use to achieve victory! (See: LeadershipInstitute.org)

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