- Paperback: 430 pages
- Publisher: Starve Monkey Press; 1St Edition edition (October 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982543107
- ISBN-13: 978-0982543108
- Package Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Are you prepared for the greatest crisis in America's history? Not if you haven't read Starving The Monkeys.
You're being lied to. By everyone on both sides of the political aisle. Liberals tell us that Obama's socialism will bring a glorious new era. Conservatives tell us that it won't, but we just need to vote Republican to solve the problem. And they all claim to believe that the current system can be salvaged. Don't kid yourself. The system can't go on much longer. But by reading this book, you can be prepared. In it, you'll learn:
- Why voting shouldn't be your primary tool, and how voting for even reformed incumbents only makes things worse.
- How protest movements can become a dead-end without a plan for individual action.
- How and why the system seeks to destroy anyone who thinks for himself.
- Why you need much more preparation than gold and guns, or heading for the hills.
- How to carve out personal and financial independence without attracting attention, while you prepare for the coming crisis.
- How to be worthy of assistance during and after a collapse.
All this, and much, much more is in Starving The Monkeys. Some call it a 21st century version of Atlas Shrugged. Others find it chilling. But for those who are ready to face the greatest crisis in our history, Starving The Monkeys is a book full of promise and real hope.
About the Author
Tom Baugh is a former Marine, patented inventor, entrepreneur and professional irritant.
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In order to starve the Monkeys one should figure out a way to turn what they do into a business instead of be an employee, automate one's business so one doesn't have to hire anyone (avoiding having to pay goofing-off employees or file employment taxes), and form a C-corp in order to take advantage of deductions and keep their own wages their corp. pays them in a low tax bracket. This will save you money, deprive the "Monkeys" of their income and crash the system, but legally.
After the system crashes, which Baugh hopes will be sooner rather than later because this might preserve some of our natural resources, the people in the big cities will literally starve. Baugh hopes this will be largely felt in the mostly liberal coastal areas "Area A", leaving the flyover country "Area B" relatively intact because of its food producing ability. He urges anyone with a head for math and science or anyone who actually makes things instead of shuffling paper for the Monkeys to flee Area A and move to Area B ahead of this event. He also predicts a civil war and possibly an opportunistic invasion by China or others. I will note that he seems to believe this for real - along with this e-book I received a Chinese dictionary as a bonus.
The other thing he wants is for people to learn math, physics and chemistry, so they can rebuild the US after it crashes and supposedly the Monkeys lose their grip on the system, making it easier for the small inventor/manufacturer to get into business.
All this is coherent, but Baugh fills much of the first part of the book with an allegory about a colony of cavemen (as an example of the free market developing and then getting taken over by "Monkeys") that just goes on and on. It needs to be pruned. More specific advice about going into business would have been more useful.
Aside from the overlong caveman story, I give it a thumbs up.
I give it 4 stars, so I really do like this book. I read AS first, and I think that is probably the right order. Once you have read AS, do yourself a favour, and read this book also.
I recommend two readings. One, to get through the book. On the second reading, stop and review the recommended resources that are suggested. This will help in the fleshing out of one's ideas and opinions.
In an age where our nation is overrun with monkeys (those who would live off the work of others is one possible "monkey" definition), it is good to finally find a resource and author that nails the truth on the head. Tom picks up, as it has been said, where Ayn Rand left off with a much more realistic approach.
I would put this down on my "must read" list for all liberty-minded individuals.