Swords Into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity Paperback – July 15, 2015
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This book may be the closest to an autobiography that we may get from Dr. Paul. It is chock-full of anecdotes, quotes from sources that he has gleaned from over time, and each chapter heading includes lines of poetry that are appropriate to accompany each chapter's main point. If his Youtube videos of house floor speeches and grillings of Fed chairmen and Presidential debates show the analytical and public side of Ron Paul, this book shows his emotional and deeply personal side. He mourns the tragedy of people he knew who were sent off to senseless wars never to come back, recounts stories of war in which the individuals sent to fight were able to rebel against the chickenhawks who sent them, and he fiercely cuts down the political class and military-industrial complex that profits off of lies and murder. There is a part in chapter 1 in which he reflects on the how as a boy he cheered when FDR died and his father scolded him for cheering the death of anyone. I think this was deeply formative in his life that our political opponents are still human beings. It is the chickenhawks that make us dehumanize others. If we are to pursue peace we must constantly be seeking the good in others. This does not make us weak and can only make us stronger gaining a greater perspective than to simply write people off as Democrats or Republicans or liberals or conservatives or irrational "others" that must either be controlled with the coercive violence of the State. He takes no prisoners and has no pity in his condemnation of those who have lied us into the welfare-warfare state we now live under. While ruthless in his take down of the political masterminds behind these murderous schemes he remains gentle in his pleas for the public to be persuaded that peace is not only morally right but in America's best interests.
Of course, he shows how the Federal Reserve and the perversion of the monetary system, the wrecking of the economy, the loss of civil liberty at home, and the terrible blowback of endless unjust foreign wars all tie in together in a cohesive political philosophy of liberty. This is not how the Founding Fathers who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution envisioned America to be. One gets the sense in reading this book that not only is this book intended to be a restatement of many of the political opinions Ron has tried to get the word out on but it is also a deep reflection of his entire life and what he feels to be most important in passing on.
This work is deeply personal and from the heart and philosophically probing. At the same time, he presents logic and facts swept aside by the establishment history revisionists, and persuasively argues for the pro-peace position. Buy this book. If you had to have only one book by Ron Paul, make it this one.
He calls out the neocons (both Republican and Democrat) and asks the reader to evaluate those who promote constant war with their military service records: Bill Bennett, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Bill Kristol, Robert Kagan, David Wurmser, Scooter Libby, Norman Podhoretz, John Podhoretz, James Schlesinger, Dov Zahheim, Douglas Feith, Michael Ledeen, and David Frum. Hmmm ... interesting isn't it.
He explains the concept of "blowback" and the consequences of our history of aggressive military actions. He writes, "It's sad but true that the pain, suffering, and costs go on. Today, with 22 American military veterans committing suicide each day, it's impossible to claim any victory from our decades of misadventure in the wars that our leaders have dragged us into. Much of this could have been prevented with a simple understanding of the significance of blowback ..."
Now, the writing could have been more carefully edited to create a better "flow", however, the subject material is a lucid evaluation of "why" we have constant war.
"I love Ron Paul, except for his foreign policy," so many people said. Now that he's been vindicated 1,000 times over, maybe they'll listen this time, and realize that foreign policy is in fact the very best and most important part of Dr. Paul's message.
In the years to come, people will look back and marvel that such a man actually served in the U.S. House, and that Americans, when presented with the chance to elect him, chose the forgettable nonentities Romney and McCain instead.
--Tom Woods, author, Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion
On one hand it is a powerful chapter in his stance of non intervention and peace.
On the other a brief biography of his victories and failures on his path to this way of thinking.
As a whole it works because of his sincere,honest stance. Granted a few of the chapters,the shorter ones in general,felt forced or thrown in to add length but for fans of the good doctor it is a minor issue. For those willing to investigate a third or fourth option in reason may not notice these chapters as a negative.
The book covers much of what he has spoken of for thirty plus years with only a few new nuggets of wisdon but again this does not detract from the thought or purpose of his writings.
Dr. Paul's writing style is definitely a mirror of the person. Not over the top or flowery but simple down to earth and built for everyday man.
This again is a powerful book written to focus on peace,love and free markets laying to waste the established thought of the past 100 years.
A great book that I feel bookends nicely with Connor Boyack's Feardom. Both simple easy to read that contain depth far above the initial views.
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Ron Paul not only outlines for us what is going on in USA politics and in the USA's poodle European countries. but presents us with well thought out alternatives. Well worth reading, it is thought provoking at least and a must for those people who believe what the British news papers and TV tell us.
Blair, Cameron,Straw and the Bush's regimes nicely encapsulated in a clear and understandable way.
There may be other writers who have similar views an should be explored too.
Ron Paul has been steadfast in his believe and that should speak for some thing.
He also has good youtube vidios which may interest some one.