The Revolution: A Manifesto
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This Much Is True: You Have Been Lied To

· The government is expanding.
· Taxes are increasing.
· More senseless wars are being planned.
· Inflation is ballooning.
· Our basic freedoms are disappearing.

The Founding Fathers didn't want any of this. In fact, they said so quite clearly in the Constitution of the United States of America. Unfortunately, that beautiful, ingenious, a...more
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published April 30th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing
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Aaron
Apr 24, 2008 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: politics
Whether you agree or disagree with Ron Paul's views, this book serves as an important political primer on the real issues facing America today: civil liberties, the economy, the failing dollar, foreign policy.... issues mostly ignored by a national media obsessed with superficial catch-phrases and meaningless scandals. Primarily a concise collection of the views and ideas expressed during Ron Paul's 2008 Presidential campaign, this book also contains an extended reading list for "a free and pros...more
Mariel
Nov 06, 2012 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: an object at rest tends to remain at rest
Recommended to Mariel by: an object in motion tends to remain in motion with the same speed and in the same direction
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." - George Washington

The Revolution is what our founding fathers did. Give me liberty. Freedom isn't free. If you give it up it will not be yours by right any longer. The constitution was written in mind of those who would twist it to give themselves more power. Checks and balances. It was protection for the people against a government that would exist only to serve itself, defea...more
Amy
Aug 27, 2008 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE interested in politics or confused about their position on issues
I spoke too soon. I guess I should have trusted Ryan. This book was wonderful. I felt Ron Paul is a much better writer than speaker. I really enjoyed learning about the purpose of the constitution. I agree with the philosophy of smaller government and more liberty and independence for the people. His economics chapter was my favorite. Great reminder that we don't work for the government, the government works for us. Taxes- great reminder that if we completely got rid of taxes, the FED budget wou...more
Darcie
This book was a fascinating eye-opener for me. I started reading it because I was curious as to Ron Paul's core beliefs. He was ridiculed and pushed aside during the republican debates that I watched, so I became curious as to why they would not let him be heard. His ideas are in fact nothing new to the American tradition. It's just that we have gone so far astray from constitutional government that these ideas now seem revolutionary. Small government, non-interventionist foreign policy, fiscal...more
Breck
I think most conservatives are fans of Ron Paul that simply don't know it yet. As the Republican party has changed over the last several years we have lost sight of what it means to be a conservative. Conservative once meant being an advocate of small fed gov't, less intervention, with a reliance on sound fiscal policy. The new conservatives/Republicans have lost that tradition as they spend more than ever and seek to grow the power of the federal gov't.

I think the problem with Ron Paul is he h...more
Claire
Jul 25, 2008 Claire marked it as to-read
Five minutes of reading this at random has, three or four times now, proved more informative about the economic workings of our country than any number of months keeping up with headline news. It's also remarkably sane and intelligent. Take this quote, for instance:

Abolishing the income tax on individuals would cut government revenue by about 40 percent. I have heard the breathless claims about how radical that is--and compared to the trivial changes we are accustomed to seeing in government, I...more
Ryan
Apr 28, 2008 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who are sick of the status quo
If you are familiar with Dr. Paul, you already know where he stands on the issues. This book goes and discusses his stance and why he feels the country today has turned its back on the Constitution and is no longer based upon the Founders philosophies.
This book is a simple read, only 176 pages and has a great recommended reading list at the end. Anyone who is interested in the beliefs of Dr. Paul and the Libertarian/Constitution parties platforms would be well advised to read this book.
Josh
Yes, I just made my way through this book, and yes, it was a nightmare. Here's my brief synopsis. Mr. Paul is actually less crazy than his supporters. That much is clear in reading this book, and he even makes some solid points when it comes to foreign war policy. That being said, when he gets to talking about anything economic, whether from the gold standard garbage to foreign aid to domestic so-called "entitlement" programs, he is thoroughly despicable. I suppose that this is about as well-put...more
Steve
I read this book at my brother's request after he went to hear Ron Paul speak a while back. I agreed with almost all of the problems he presented in the book, but needless to say, my liberal leanings had some problems with some of the solutions he presented. Abolishing income tax, smaller government, more states rights are not the answers I don't think. While I agreed with most of the civil liberties chapter, I don't think that homeschooling is a "right" people have. He presented his arguments a...more
Krista
LOVED it!!!

I admit, I thought Ron Paul was this||close to a loon during the 2008 election. His positions - and the shorter, more strident sound bytes from his supporters - just seemed so impractical. The staging of his ideas in ALL media simply reinforced my perception and convinced me that I didn't have to bother researching what he actually said, or why.

Wow. I was wrong - not just in my assessment of him, but in my lazy, dismissive, (and I might even say "sheeple-ish") approach to his candida...more
Jennifer
I have always respected Ron Paul, but felt that I didn't agree with him on many issues. Now having read The Revolution, I realize that I didn't know what he believed, I only knew what people said he believed. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone--whether conservative or liberal or in the middle.

Reading the book has forced me to reconsider issues that I thought were closed in my opinion--in particular, the ineffectiveness of U.S. foreign policy and the debate about legalizing marijuana. A...more
Ryan
What I like about this book is not that it is the absolute best, most clear-cut argument for smaller government and many other ideals held by Libertarians. What I like about it is that it is a very readable book that I could recommend to friends of mine who want to get a better perspective about where I'm coming from. He uses enough current examples to take the book beyond the world of political theory and shows how a libertarian perspective can solve real problems confronting us now. He gets in...more
John Rivera
Dr. Paul rocks. This work is a nice afternoon or evening read that one can knock out in a matter of hours and yet it says pretty much all that needs to be said about our government and our times.

It would have been nice if the work had citations or footnotes in it but I also don't think this work was meant to be a text. Regardless, the suggested works in the back of this book are an excellent starting point for anyone who seriously wants to study the topics which Dr. Paul discusses in this wonder...more
Joey
Jun 07, 2008 Joey marked it as to-read
"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge - even to ourselves - that we've been so credulous."

~Carl Sagan
Jeff Stockett
This book was excellent. It really helped me to understand the views that Ron Paul has on government.

In the most recent presidential race I feel I didn't give Ron Paul a fair chance. Many had labeled him as an "extremist" and "unelectable." I hope he is electable, but I'm not really sure. But that's not because he is an extremist, only because America has strayed so far from her roots.

This book is filled with Ron Paul's views on government. Those views are essentially derived from two places. T...more
Jonny99
You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan.” - John Lennon
My newly Republican brother Doug gave me this book for my birthday and the fact that I am now just getting to it in October gives you a sense of how far behind I am on my reading. The book presents the revolution as suggested by Representative Ron Paul. Paul is a long-time Congressman and frequent also-ran Presidential candidate who raised some eyebrows with a short-lived flurry of Internet donations. We...more
Kim
I'm on page 36 and couldn't agree more with what Ron Paul has said so far about beomg an isolationist. War should be in self-defense and we need to stop supporting any other country with foreign aid. He espouses going back to the way that our Founding Fathers thought about foreign relations. That we do not impose ourselves on any other nation and seek to lead through the strength of our own country. Some of the best 36 pages I've ever read. Takes a lot of courage to call out one's own party to t...more
Ryan
Sep 30, 2008 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Republicans and Democrats
This is a short read that I highly recommend to anyone wanting a fresh take on what ails our country.

Ron Paul argues that, in practice, Republican and Democratic politicians aren't that different - they are both "Big Government" parties. The "changes" they propose are rarely dramatic (except for spending increases).

One recurring theme of this book is that the federal government has been trampling the Constitution so badly and for so long, that we've grown accustomed to it. We've learned to plac...more
John
Apr 15, 2009 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I remember studying the U.S. Constitution for the first time in eighth grade and being perplexed by what it said and yet seeing very clearly that things were not the way they were intended by the founding fathers. Since then I have always yearned to see our government work the way it was intended to work. Yet at the same time I was firmly committed to the principles espoused by the conservative wing of the Republican Party. I enthusiastically voted for Bob Dole for President in 1996 when I was f...more
Benjamin
Yes I think I really have become one of those Ron Paul people. I like it. The thing about Ron Paul that is so great is he is actually an honest person. Very hard to find in politics today, it is evident that his opinions are his own formed from personal study and research, rather than crafted by a group of political consultants. Thats why even if you don't agree with him on everything, you can trust him because you know where he really stands. I found out about him while doing some research on t...more
Thomas
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Jake Keyel
Superficial. Shallow. Lacking substance. Poorly argued. That's how I would describe this book. While I agree with some of the ideas in this book, almost none of them are Ron Paul's. It seems like half of the text is quotes from other people. I keep wondering, where are Ron Paul's own ideas? Where are his arguments?

Furthermore, Paul doesn't go into depth on any issue. He merely mentions an issue and what he thinks, without developing an argument. To give an example, at one point Paul says, "I ha...more
Marybeth
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. He does a good job of explaining how the main issues everyone complains about with the government have come about, and he does it in a way that is easy to understand. The section on the Federal Reserve was extremely fascinating and really explained a lot about our economy. He'd have my vote if he were still running...
Jason
No. No no no. He has no suggestions, only complaints. It reads like a poor college history paper. He uses quotes like soundbites, depriving them of any context or meaning.

The best part of this book is his suggested reading list. Skip the book, copy the reading list.
John Vibber
As a social liberal/fiscal conservative I wanted a clear challenge to my own thinking. I was immediately impressed by the quality of Paul's writing and the clarity of his explanations and arguments. On a number of issue I was amazed to find out how little I actually knew. A prime example of this was the Federal Reserve System. More than specific issues, Paul portrays a libertarian viewpoint that could easily be characterized as crazy if considered superficially. e.g. abolish the Fed, national su...more
No Remorse
"The draft is a totalitarian institution that is based on the idea that the government owns you and can dispose of your life as it wishes." - the revolution by Ron Paul

"In a free society, lives are not the playthings of government." - Ron Paul

"The Founding Fathers did not intend for every American neighborhood to be exactly the same - a totalitarian impulse if there ever was one."

"The income tax implies: Government owns you, and graciously allows you to keep whatever percentage of the fruits of...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Not enough solutions are presented for the problems the author/political activist references. I don't think the few solutions he does manage to write down are even practical. I think many Americans agree about these problems. The social security system, the debt that America is in, the healthcare system, the war on drugs, the whole system is flawed. I am a democrat. Don't be surprised we see these problems too. We know all of this! What he is he or any one else going to do about it? What we all...more
John
Mention the name Ron Paul and you’re met with scorn or praise. Unfortunately either reaction drips with sarcasm. He is seen as a radical, outside the pale of reasoned debate. It was not always so. His arguments would win near unanimous consent from the Founding generation. That he’s so mocked speaks volumes, not about him but about how far we have fallen.

Dr. Paul’s book touches not only on the brutality of big government but, perhaps more germane to our immediate situation, its absurdities.

Yes...more
Lauren
Ron Paul has been on the mark about the political climate in America for a long time. He predicted the result of the federal reserve interference causing a false economic boom that led to the housing bubble.
His views on our military interference overseas should not be ignored. The blowback caused by our policies and the expense to our budget. If we stopped the wars we could use that money towards our social security.
The media doesn't admit the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac policies, the bailouts or...more
Chris Hitsman
A poignant well researched book, Ron Paul's book presents his opinion on many differing global economic and domestic social issues. The first chapter describes what Paul is proposing, and makes it clear that these are his opinions, and that he will support said opinions with gathered facts. The next five chapters each dive into a specific topic respectively. In chapter two, Paul states that we must move towards a non-interventionist foreign policy. Not only will it bring the alarming amount of t...more
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Republican United States Congressman from Lake Jackson, Texas, a physician, a bestselling author, and a former 2008 U.S. presidential candidate.
Originally from the Pittsburgh suburb of Green Tree, Pennsylvania, he studied at Duke University School of Medicine; after his 1961 graduation and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, he became a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, serving outside the Viet...more
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