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The Ballad of Carl Drega: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1994 to 2001 Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 689 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Media; 1st edition (June 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967025923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967025926
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The Ballad of Carl Drega' is, in my opinion, even better than 'Send in the Waco Killers.'" -- Jon Ford, Editorial Director, Paladin Press, Boulder, Colo.

"Buy this book in bulk and carpet bomb your friends. Do the country and your kids a large favor." -- Bill Branon, author of "Let Us Prey" (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Devil's Hole, Timesong, and Spider Snatch

"I screamed, I cried, and at times I laughed so hard I had tears coming out of my eyes." -- Edward A., Monkton, Maryland

About the Author

Vin Suprynowicz grew up in a nice, Politically Correct Democratic family, fine folks who taught him that it was wrong to steal or hate people for being different from them. He still feels that way, but has since expanded the list of those deserving such tolerance from merely homosexuals and members of racial minorities to also include machine-gun owners; militiamen; folks who choose to vote their conscience in the jury room in defiance of the judge's instructions; who use intoxicants other than those approved by the current government; who decline to vaccinate their children or turn them over for government indoctrination; or who decline to contribute any portion of their earnings to support the welfare/police state.

He landed his first newspaper job at the alternative Hartford Advocate in 1972 after graduating from Wesleyan University. He went on to become the star reporter at the daily Willimantic Chronicle, news editor of the Norwich Bulletin, managing editor of the daily Northern Virginia Sun, and founder and publisher of the weekly Providence Eagle. Suprynowicz was named three times to the Golden Dozen (the top 12 weekly editorial writers in the U.S. and Canada) by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

A resident of Las Vegas, he's now an editor, editorial writer and weekly columnist at the daily Las Vegas Review-Journal. In wide demand as a dinner speaker at Libertarian and gun-rights gatherings throughout the U.S. and western Canada, he also pens a twice-a-week column appearing in 20 or so newspapers around the country, and publishes the monthly newsletter "Vin Suprynowicz's Privacy Alert."


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Very interesting book.
Daniel K. Lapp
Two days later he had completed the 600+ pages and I finally got my chance to read it.
James G. Miller
It is a great eye opener to the tyranny around us all.
Laurence H. Wiley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James G. Miller on May 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
When this book arrived from Amazon my seventeen year old son got hold of it first. Two days later he had completed the 600+ pages and I finally got my chance to read it. I'm also having a tough time putting it down, and although but halfway through it, I give it five stars!
Even if you don't agree with the author's viewpoints, you have to be disturbed by his documentation of how our freedoms, or more acccurately, those we have left, are under constant attack by the state. This book is the real "no spin zone." Suprynowicz attacks the enemies of freedom with both facts and wit. May we have a moment of silence for all those endangered desert tortoises which our enlightened EPA decided to have killed. ("We had to destroy the tortoise to save it!")
This book further reinforced my conviction that the Democrats and Republicans are both destroying our freedoms and the economy. The only difference between the two parties is that the Dems are in more of a hurry.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Francis Tully on September 30, 2003
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An outstanding look at the unending chain of abuses that are heaped on us by our government and the obvious, but tragic results. The Ballad of Carl Drega is a collection of articles and notes from 1994 -2001 by the award-winning Libertarian columnist Vin Suprynowicz. Carl Drega, Gary Watson, Donald Scott, Peter Williams, and the victims of Ruby Ridge and Waco are the martyrs in the raging War Against Freedom. This expose goes where no others dare. Vin exposes the War that has been declared on our rights in his essays on Taxes, Western Land Grabs, Environmentalism, Gun Laws, Vaccinations, and the "Mandatory government youth propaganda camps, still known to most as the 'public schools'".
He challenges you to focus on the victims' plight and leaves you wondering how on earth there are not similar "last stands" on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I fear that there will be many more Carl Drega's before Vin's next book is released.
I have given this book my highest recommendation and consider it a must-read for freedom lovers, patriots, libertarians, journalists, and concerned parents. If you don't like to loan out your favorite books, you might be wise to order more than one copy.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Curtis M. Howland on December 25, 2002
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While John R. Lott puts the gun control zelots on ice with simple cold numbers, Vin uses the bureaucrats own actions as fuel to build a fire that will boil the blood of even the most jaded pragmatist.
I have read Vin's articles since I first heard of him in 1995, always astounded that the people he featured in his writings could get away with their depridations at every turn. When the same material is presented in one volume, the epic scale of the corruption and evil running rampant over this "free" country is overwhelming.
How can someone read these stories, easily confirmed as true by checking the local news papers, and not be moved? How can the people of New Hampshire tollerate government officials who object to the book as "Glorifying Carl Drega's acts"?
In the play 1776, Ben Franklin says to John Adams, "The people have read Mr. Paine's 'Common Sense', I doubt very much Congress has."
It is long past time for that same to be said of Vin Sprynowicz.
Buy it, read it, and then donate it to your local school library.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ron Newman on October 24, 2002
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Vin Suprynowicz is an extraordinary writer who hits the reader right between the eyes with his flawless logic. He gets his message across and still manages to encourage a chuckle from the reader. "The Ballad of Carl Drega," and his first book, "Send In The Waco Killers," should be required reading in every high school senior classroom--public and private. Any American who says, "Something doesn't smell right," will find Vin showing the reader the source of the stench. It's up to us to clean it up.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By 1gewehr on April 7, 2004
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That could very well be a legitimate legal defense some day. Certainly this book goes a long way toward detailing the million and one ways that we suffer from a surfeit of government.
Mr Suprynowicz does an excellent job of pointing out that tyranny comes in many forms. That sometimes the most aggravating forms are those of the petty bureaucrats and local governments who refuse to use compassion or common sense in the course of their duties.
This book is an easier and more entertaining read than his previous "Send in the Waco Killers", which read like a collection of his columns. "Ballad" follows a logical progression towards the inescapable conclusion that freedom and regulation are at opposite ends of a scale.
Guaranteed to irritate Republicans and Democrats alike.
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Very interesting book. The author reminds us of all the rights we really have, but which have fell into disuse. A path to get them back.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James J. Bell on February 2, 2006
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Do not let the fact that this text is a "collection of essays" disuade you. Neither should you be dissuaded about the month waiting period for a new copy to arrive. Order several copies and earn a profit by selling via Amazon's Marketplace!

This thoughtful book forced me to take a fresh look at the incredible power's that have been given the IRS, FBI, ATF (BATFE) - just to name a few. Upon opening the book, I was under the distinct impression that I was a "citizen" residing in a "representative democracy." It has become clear to me that the Bill of Rights (which unquestionably grants me the rights of a true citizen) has been usurped by a runaway police state - where I resemble a well-trained slave. Does that mean I hate police, FBI, IRS, ATF(BATFE)? No. Although, I feel strongly that law-abiding citizens must reclaim their citizenship birthrights from these (and other) superiorly armed and trained slave masters. Vin asks rhetorical questions throughout his essays. My favorite question is "how can the government prohibit law-abiding citizens from owning particular weapons?" You see, our government inherits powers from "we the people." Therefore, if one citizen cannot lawfully prohibit another citizen from owning an assault rifle - how can Uncle Sam? It matters not that a "duly elected government" passed this law, because the Bill of Rights are God given and cannot be usurped. These essays are more powerful than a linear text and have been the genesis of heartfelt powerful pro-liberty thoughts. Subsequently, it is impossible for me to look upon my government as benign. In fact, I feel much like Benjamin Franklin must have. Ben Franklin was enamored with England and was residing there during the "Colonial Stamp Tax Revolt.
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