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A Return to Common Sense Paperback – January 18, 2009
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About the Author
Tom Mullen is a writer, musician, and business consultant. His writing has been featured in The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, LewRockwell.com, 321 Gold! and Peter Schiff’s EuroPac.net. Tom has been a guest on Fox’s Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, Adam Vs. the Man, Free Talk Live, and numerous other programs. Tom is originally a native of Buffalo, NY and graduate of Canisius College. He earned a Master’s Degree in English from State University of New York College at Buffalo. He now resides with his family in Tampa, FL. For more information, visit Tom’s website at www.tommullen.net. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Then came Thomas Mullen's book, "A Return to Common Sense" to the rescue! I finished the book in 2 short days as it was impossible to put down. Mullen describes the intent of the founding fathers for America and juxtaposes modern times and issues beautifully against that background, exposing the shocking contrast.
The author makes it much easier to understand the concepts of property rights, the Non-Agression Principle, non-rights and basic economics by incorporating our libertarian heroes in a masterful way. Bastiat, Jefferson, Locke and Paine all play prominent roles in Mullen'ts book to help describe the liberty philosophy.
I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to get their feet on the ground in discovering the liberty movement and who wants to use it as a launching point for reading of deeper, more philosophical works from authors such as Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, as well as those listed above.
Many other gems abound in this book and overall it gives one pause to think about what our freedoms actually mean and how they have been lost. Chapters cover war and our money monopoly under the private cartel called the Federal Reserve which is not Federal and has no reserves. I would suggest that if you are interested in getting some direction as to how we can arise from the muck that we are in, this would be a good choice. It is very readable and points you to some other resources worth considering as well like "The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire" which I ended up reading as a result of the authors mentions of that book in his chapter on "The Economics of Liberty".
If you are a leftist oriented liberal this book is not for you. You may want to check out "Dreams of My Father" ghost written by Bill Ayers instead. (See The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists for the details on that factoid.)