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Freedom Under Siege Paperback – 2007
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Here is Ron Paul's political manifesto, a courageous book on civil liberties and the rights of Americans that are relentlessly under assault from government. It was written in 1987, on the 200th anniversary of the Constitution, and is back in print for the first time. It is here that Dr. Paul provides his most extended thoughts on what it means to be a constitutionalist in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson. He connects violations of individual rights to an interventionist foreign policy and the supposed needs of national security. Here he blasts the draft and draft registration, impositions on the right of individuals to own guns, restrictions on the freedom to speak and write, and draws out the links between all these policies. Paul further discusses the tie between individual liberties and sound money. When a nation's money is controlled by the people instead of the state, they retain their essential freedoms. But when money is monopolized by government with no tie to a commodity, the state is in a position to ride roughshod over our liberties. Other issues discussed include the true meaning of patriotism, the moral law as it applies to politics, the meaning of leadership in a free society, the nature of the state in light of his experiences in Washington, and the historic and ever-lasting conflict between the individual and the state. 174 pages, 6" x 9", paperback
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Reading this little 167-page position paper opened my eyes. Ron Paul is a strict Constitutionalist who believes that America and particularly American politicians have wandered far off the path set by the founding fathers who spelled out their premises in detail in that brilliant, but now largely ignored guiding document to which our elected "representatives" only give lip service.
Incredibly Paul today believes almost precisely what he believed in this 26-year old exposition. This despite the fact that some of his followers seem determinedly ignorant of what he really advocates, which also makes it difficult for him to get a fair hearing. His astounding example of long term philosophical consistency over decades makes the poll-driven flip flops of contemporary politicians and political candidates look like a wild circus of semantic acrobatics and a political world straight out of Alice in Wonderland or the double think and newspeak of Orwell's 1984.
Paul advocates a return to constitutional fundamentals that may well scare you to contemplate. But surgery for cancer is scary medicine too. Yet the the most dangerous thing may be to live with denial, or even worse, to live with ignorance and simple accept things that other people tell you because you are not willing to find out for yourself.
Ron Paul is an important thinker. Read this short book. Or you can just go ahead and spend your time watching Jeopardy. It won't frighten you and you will also learn something, even though it won't be very much.
Dr. Paul writes in an easy to get style and this isn't an overly long book. Anyone with a degree of knowledge of Paul will find this treading old waters but it does show his consistency and his principles have remained true. For those that have only heard or chose to believe the MSM and their propaganda on Dr.Paul,as well as those that have similar beliefs, this book will dispel the misconceptions of non-intervention(NOT ISOLATIONISM) his views on abortion and his love of liberty and the constitution. Those that disagree at least can have a clear understanding of where he , and I , stand. Compare with his more recent books you have to be at least respecting of his consistent beliefs.
ALL the 1 star reviews were from ideologues, putting in their 1/2 cent during the presidential campaign, how many would now, at least, give a fair shot at an objective review. Knowing the culture, precious few sadly.
This is a great release from the Mises institute and cheap enough on the Kindle see outside the status quo box.