4 responses to “A Review of The Revolution: A Manifesto”

  1. The Revolution : A Manifesto

    Ron Paul has a great look on foreign policy as well as what should be done with our national efforts. The revolution a manifesto is a great book to read over once or twice BUT it will odds are stay in your library.

    Get a few copies to give to your friends and family as well, keep the revolution moving.

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  2. bill greene

    Jake, I like your use of the word "vision" because that is what's at issue here. There are two different visions of how a society functions that divide Americans. There is the original vision of the many immigrants who came here for freedom, to own property, earn a living, and keep the fruits of their toil. The Founders wrote a Constitution that allowed all that and prohibited governmental interference. The resultung economic and personal freedom empowered the citizenry and they built a great nation. The alternative new vision, fostered by the intellectual elites that have taken control of our institutions and schools during the past 75 years sees the role of government as one to administer assistance to its helpless victimized citizenry. It is a vision motivated by self-interest because it allows this new elite to rule from above, following their favored abstract ideological policies. Their snake oil sells by taking advantage of the lure of populist democracy, seducing those who will trade security and a free lunch for liberty. Thomas Sowell's "A Conflict of Vision" provides a look at these differing visions and blames the faulty "liberal" vision as one based on the utopian belief that society should be based not on how men think, or how economies work, but on how they both should work in a perfect world. His other book "Is Reality Optional?" covers similar ground and examines the unreality of centrist and socialist policies. One of the reasons this destructive vision has spread is covered in Julian Simon's "Hoodwinked" which details how the media, colleges, foundations, and other major institutions are dominated by purveyors of "false bad news" which undermines the traditional American way of life. These trends are in the ascendancy and may be irreversible so you have reason to fear "the cataclysmic fall" that has witnessed the collapse of alll prior great nations. Jared Diamond's "Collapse" makes the rather unsupported case that climate, pollution and inept garbage disposal caused the collapse of past societies. But, barring a meteor strike, those factors will not destroy America (just as they did not ruin Greece, Rome, or the emasculated western-European nations)--it will be the growing cadre that supports Big Government and promotes moral relativity that will kill us from within.

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  3. Jake

    I'ts frustrating when I talk to people about Ron Paul, as an avid supporter, because like this review said, the American public is convinced by the government that there is no alternative to the "Big Brother" aproach taken to a "living" Constitution. People I talk to say that Ron Paul is just another politician. Dr. Paul is just saying what he thinks he has to to get elected, that it's all just a bunch of false promises like everyone else is spewing. I ask then who they do support and they say that they're just not going to vote, because it doesn't really matter who ends up in the White House. In this, I think their apathy is well founded. Any more, it really doesn't matter who ends up in the White House on what promises, all the candidates are Big Government advocates. Except of course for Ron Paul. Dr. Paul's vision is the same vision held by the founding fathers, and unfortunately today, by many considered on the far end of the cook fringe, including myself, who put far more stock in our own abilities as liberated Americans to take care of ourselves and our neighbors than we do in the government's. That vision is one of freedom, individuality, and strength through a trully representative democratic republic. What we have now, and what we seem so inextricably bound into is no less harmful or inappropriate than the classic codependant relationship found in the lives of so many addicts in this country. We hang on to our government like a drug, even as it hinders and scars us financially, socially and legally simply because it enables us and feeds our rationalizations that life is actually better as it is now. I'm done. The fog is lifted now thanks to Ron Paul. He says and votes and believes all the things that I know in my heart to be true and right for this country if we are to survive, indeed if we are to avoid the same cataclysmic fall suffered by the great empires of the past: Rome, Egypt, The Ottoman's, Greece, Persia. Our founding fathers had the right idea, all we need to do is stick to it and subscribe to it. Bless America with a vote for Ron Paul.

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  4. bill greene

    Ron Paul's opinions, so well summarized here, are different from those of most public officials, because they are not merely "ideas," but reflect important principles that have stood the test of time. As an economic historian I have looked at the actual record of the last 3,000 years to determine why and where progress occurred, and found that there are enduring lessons from history that should be used as guides for today's policies. This approach reveals the principles of sound government, and Ron Paul's positions pretty much adhere to history's best lessons. His point that the Constitution is "a contract between the government and its people" is an excellent reminder that the Founders also looked to history when they developed that particular contract. Our Constitution represents the best assemblage of history's many Ferderal/democratic experiments, sorted and adapted to America's needs by those wise men at the Convention a little more than 200 years ago. They understood that history and economics are best looked at by the case method to avoid getting lost in abstract ideologies and complex reasoning. And they realized the primary objective of a Constitution was to limit government's role. My examination of history was also based, like the Fouders' work in designing the Constitution, on the hundreds of actual past governments that at least came close to providing widespread opportunity and freedom to more than just a few favored upper and aristocratic classes. Those hundreds of past republics pioneered the various mechanics of representative assemblies, judicial systems, the division and separation of executive power, and legal systems providing for personal liberty and the safety of persons and property. To the Founders' credit, the exact combination and structure that shaped American government had never been done quite as well before, and its obvious and great success over the past 200 years attests to the merit of the design. The mechanics and principles employed are so well grounded and tested over time that they deserve continuing respect and care. And that is why we should resist calling it a "living document." Since most of these principles of liberty and economic freedom were stated and utilized over 500 and a 1,000 years ago--even 2,000 plus years ago--it should be clear they are relatively timeless and need little modification or explanation.

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