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After reading this review, I decided to go the local Borders to get a copy of the newly released End the Fed. Even though it has been on Amazon’s bestseller list for 26 days so far (currently #1 in three categories), Borders didn’t have it displayed in their bestseller or their new releases sections. No, it was hidden away back in the politics section on the bottom shelf. They are either being told to keep it hidden, or they haven’t figured out how marketing works. Take your pick.

Another disappointment came when they didn’t even have another book I was going to pick up while there.

Borders sucks. It is Amazon from now on for me.

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From the Ludwig von Mises Institute description:

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.


Free download here.

Purchase this book here.

Other books by Ron Paul here.

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Whether you are a long-time fan of Gore Vidal or have never heard him, this January 2007 interview is a must watch/listen:

MP3/Podcast

Video

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As promised, below is a link to the interview. Due to the video’s very large size I had to encode it to a lesser, but acceptable quality. Additionally WordPress.com does not allow embedding of Veoh videos, thus the link. Enjoy.

Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

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brian-doherty.jpgBrain Doherty from Reason Magazine will be on C-SPAN’s BookTV for a full hour this weekend to discuss his new book, Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement.

Disinter plans to record and, hopefully, post it for those that are unable to watch on TV.

Via LP Blog

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