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Ex America: 50th Anniversary of The People's Pottage [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Ramsey
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Book Description

For fifty years Garet Garrett's THE PEOPLE'S POTTAGE has stood as one of the seminal works outlining the intellectual debate that raged over F.D.R.'s ambitious restructuring of the American body politic.

Garet Garrett, editorial writer for THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, was one of the country's most eloquent and vehement opponents of the Roosevelt administration's post-depression policies. Policies that, in Garrett's view, endangered the very fabric of the American republic.

The three monographs that make up EX AMERICA are collected in a hardcover anniversary edition with a new foreward by Garrett historian Bruce Ramsey.


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"Garet Garrett's three monographs are a vigorous plea for the threatened freedom of American as well as the rest of the civilized world. His keen penetration and his forceful direct language are... unsurpassed by any author."

About the Author

Garet Garrett was born Edward Peter Garrett in 1878.  A reporter, essayist and editorial writer for the New York Sun, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Saturday Evening Post, Garrett became one of the most vociferous opponents of Roosevelt's New Deal Policies.

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  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
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  • Publisher: Caxton Press (July 26, 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XIJ5VQ
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You didn't learn this in school October 17, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Garet Garrett was one of the standard-bearers of the Old Right: the pre-war conservatives who opposed the expansion of both the welfare and the warfare state. In this book, a collection of three long essays, he details powerfully and compellingly the course the United States took to transform itself from a limited, constitutional Republic, into a voracious, insatiable empire, regulating every detail of its citizens' lives at home and thrusting itself into every possible context abroad. This is the most important book I read this year, and it receives my highest recommendation.

Note: This book (without the foreword by Bruce Ramsey) is available for free download on the von Mises website.

The first essay, "The Revolution Was", is the most important in the book. It was written in 1938, and Garrett shows how the Roosevelt New Deal constituted a revolution that overthrew the American form of government. The first two paragraphs are so powerful, I will simply quote them: "There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom. There are those who have never ceased to say very earnestly, `Something is going to happen to the American form of government if we don't watch out.' Those were the innocent disarmers. Their trust was in words. They had forgotten their Aristotle. More than 2,000 years ago he wrote of what can happen within the form, when `one thing takes the place of another, so that the ancient laws will remain, while the power will be in the hands of those who have brought about revolution in the state.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FDR was a jerk. February 28, 2005
Format:Hardcover
A great book for those of us who may be looking to understand the New Deal, and what it meant to America. 3 essays from the New Deal era describe in great detail the freedoms that we lost when we looked to the Government to be Mommy. As the Saying goes, The government that can give you everything can also take everything away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say its Garrett August 27, 2010
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This book is a classic..a true Garet Garrett. He has a very entertaining way of telling the truth.
This book is one of many written by Garet Garrett.. Absolute must read for today.
They say he died a sad man because of what our country has become, unless things change and fast I fear that is my fate also.
I now have almost all of the books he has written
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5.0 out of 5 stars eye-opener still relevant to today's government January 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I had no idea that our currency system has been messed up since the 1930's. I spent all my life thinking FDR's New Deal was a great thing - until this book told me how it was actually financed. It also gives an inside view of how bills are forced through Congress with the "You're either with us or a Communist" attitude. My favorite thinking point in this book is that the government was once the responsibility of the people, and now the people are somehow the responsibility of the government. I found every piece of information related to today's bureaucracy. Thank you Ron Paul for adding this to your reading list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Study History or Be Doomed to Repeat it February 4, 2014
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We must study history to understand the roots of America's current political and economic decay if we are to stem the spread of the cancer and turn back both the Nanny and Warfare States. This is an excellent book by one of the many men who devoted their lives to fighting FDR and the rest of the collectivists as they continued Wilson's onslaught against Constitutional limits on the Fedgov. Garet's grasp of what was happening and what it would mean for our generation if his countrymen did not wake up and help him is simply prophetic. As dire as our current situation is, it is not too late to turn the tide back towards liberty and the exquisitely simple, Godly (not religious!) principles so thunderously etched out in the Declaration and Constitution. It is hard to imagine that any unbiased reader of this book would not become a supporter of Rand Paul if he wasn't already. Like his dad, he's hardly perfect, but then again he's not running for King or Dictator. (Ron Paul was candidate humble enough to declare the he was not intelligent enough to run our lives. For decades he was the single most consistent Constitutionalist in Congress. There IS a long, clear, detailed record; history has already proved him essentially correct on economic and foreign policy.)

Note: This is a verbatim copy of my review for Garet's "Salvos Against the New Deal" because both are strong, extremely well articulated arguments against the same political cancer.
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