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Freedom under siege: The U.S. Constitution after 200 years Paperback – January 1, 1987


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  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00071MBPY
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,065,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By golgotha.gov on November 5, 2007
FREEDOM UNDER SIEGE:
THE CONSTITUTION AFTER 200 YEARS
by Dr. Ron Paul

This book was written in 1987 and when it was being published Ron Paul was running as the Libertarian Party candidate for President of the US. Twenty years later, there is a renewed interest in Dr. Paul as he is the only presidential candidate in the 2008 election who promotes a message of personal freedom and limited government.

We start things off with a brief forward by Mises Institute founder Lew Rockwell, who was Ron Paul's former campaign manager. The essay is basically a tribute to Dr. Paul and his actions spreading the message of Austrian economics and constitutionalism. Rockwell considers Dr. Paul to be "the 20th century's Thomas Jefferson" who encourages the people to free America from its "Moloch state". Rockwell himself has had a long career defending similar ideals and newer fans of Ron Paul would do well to read as much as they can on Mr. Rockwell's website.

The subtitle of this book notes that the anniversary of the Constitution's creation had just passed at the time of the writing. Paul's introductory essay discusses how America's understanding of the proper role of government has morphed from the founders' vision into a mountain of endless regulation. He goes through different examples and invokes James Madison's quote that "It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read or so incoherent that they cannot be understood".

Chapter I covers the subject of individual liberty. This is the most diverse chapter in that it addresses different arguments about what freedom is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seth A. King on September 28, 2007
Freedom Under Siege offers the reader a quick glimpse of Dr. Paul's view of the prevailing attitude of the United States towards individual liberty. In it, Ron Paul makes the argument that the philosophical underpinnings of liberty have eroded during the 20th century and only a revamped understanding of natural rights can turn the tide of the increasing totalitarian state. Dr. Paul highlights just a few of the hypocritical dogmas that plague a free society, such as forced military conscription to preserve liberty and the debasement of currency to stimulate economic growth. This book does an excellent job of introducing the reader to some of the foundations of libertarianism.
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By J. Weeks on December 30, 2011
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"Libertarians are incapable of being a racist because racism is a collectivist idea, you see people in group. A civil libertarian like myself sees everyone as an important individual. It's not the color of their skin that is important, as Martin Luther King said. What is important is the character of the individual." Ron Paul
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