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The Revolution: A Manifesto

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The Revolution: A Manifesto (paperback) by Ron Paul 2009
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Congressman, Republican Presidential candidate and author Paul (A Foreign Policy of Freedom) says "Let the revolution begin" with this libertarian plea for a return to "the principles of our Founding Fathers: liberty, self-government, the Constitution, and a noninterventionist foreign policy." Sp
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Paperback, 191 pages
Published September 24th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 30th 2008)
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Aaron
Apr 21, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 04, 2012 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy
May 22, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2008 Darcie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Breck
Nov 11, 2008 Breck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Claire
Jul 25, 2008 Claire marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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Steve
Jun 17, 2009 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer
Feb 20, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ryan
Apr 28, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jake
Nov 06, 2011 Jake rated it did not like it
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
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Josh
Oct 31, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jason
Jun 15, 2008 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim
Nov 15, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jun 30, 2008 John Rivera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
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
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Joey
Jun 07, 2008 Joey marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"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
Ryan
Aug 11, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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John
Apr 13, 2009 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
thewestchestarian
Dec 10, 2009 thewestchestarian rated it it was ok
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
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Thomas
Sep 17, 2008 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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Jeff Stockett
Jun 17, 2010 Jeff Stockett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
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
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Benjamin
Mar 25, 2010 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
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
Adam T Calvert
Mar 21, 2012 Adam T Calvert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
I really enjoyed reading this book. I understand now why Ron Paul and his advocates boast that you never hear anything about an ex-Ron Paul fan. He writes in a more structured way than he debates, but his thinking is still very keen on sticking to the constitution as the nation's authority. It's refreshing when one comes across a congressman like this, especially one running for president.

In this book, Paul gives an overview of what American government is currently versus what it should look lik
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Marybeth
Jun 05, 2008 Marybeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jonathon
I am on some weird political kick right now.

No worries, this interest will diminish overtime, much like my sex drive, hairline, finding any meaning in life, and my dwindling savings account. The main cause of the lose of interest, of course, will be due to boredom, complacency, and apathy. I will then move onto another passing hobby/reading interest/impulsive buying or behavior (aka drinking), which will result in months of intense interest at first, followed by loads of money spent on said int
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Sydney
Feb 04, 2009 Sydney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a reluctant reader of Ron Paul. Having watched his recent run at presidential politics, I dismissed his shrill ranting as unfailingly naïve; then, once I deemed him not having a snowball’s chance at victory, I ceased to listen. At a friend’s urging/prodding/threatening, I read his book The Revolution: A Manifesto and found that Paul has a treasure trove of ideas about making American government serve the people rather than serving itself and elected representatives.

In The Revolution, Paul
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John
Dec 13, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ryan Morton
Good book and a must-read for anyone interested in modern politics.

This positive review applies, even though I disagree with many of Ron Paul's views. The (mostly) logical argument presented in this book portrays a minority viewpoint shared by an influential group of Americans. He is the good kind of idealist and truly wants to see the country move in a direction he believes is better for the country (i.e., good for the people within the borders marked in bold on a political map). There's some
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Budd
Jan 29, 2011 Budd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It isn't hard to see why people flocked to the message of Ron Paul after reading this book. It was an informative and a very educational book that I feel strengthened that little voice in my head that says, "America isn't taking the right path." Paul is unapologetic in his love for the constitution. While I am sure for every example that Paul has put forward about why the document should still be relevant there are probably those that
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