This book was pretty good up to the ending. It gives a pretty balanced viewpoints but at the end it leaves out one viewpoint, don't know why. I refuseThis book was pretty good up to the ending. It gives a pretty balanced viewpoints but at the end it leaves out one viewpoint, don't know why. I refused to read the last two viewpoints since it did that to me (I was really excited to read the viewpoint that wasn't there). This is good for those that want a cursery (sp) reading though. - Jon...more
Very interesting book. I especially enjoyed the historical commentary of what was going on around her. It will be interesting to learn more of the ideVery interesting book. I especially enjoyed the historical commentary of what was going on around her. It will be interesting to learn more of the ideas of Ludwig. Apparently Ayn Rand was a fan to....more
Just read this article on the book by Murray Rothbard: http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/r... Fascinating commentary on the book and a must read so yoJust read this article on the book by Murray Rothbard: http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/r... Fascinating commentary on the book and a must read so you understand the book better. I love this book since it gives a hope for liberty in the future through a nonviolent means. It also makes you understand how this can be done, through education of the minds. Everything else is secondary.
This was a fascinating short narrative, which reads almost poetically, on the subjugation of man (or the masses) by despots. It wonders how the many can be coerced by so few. He makes many good points of why this is. He then goes on to explain how the many can reject this oppression in a relatively peaceful way. He does miss the one point of why it is difficult to reject tyranny, which is, when only a few reject the tyranny then the masses cannot overcome the subjection of one. There must be a critical mass of the few that can make the change though, as was seen in the revolutionary war of the United States. Even though it is well accepted that the people carried the yoke of oppression from the British government many of the people still accepted this tyranny and wished that the colonies would not revolt. This put a great hamper on the people to overcome the king.
Below I argue that tyranny has been invading the American life for quite some time.
I would say that the tyranny of those in the national government has also become burdensome. This process has been occurring since the beginning of the creation of the constitution as the meanings and protections it provides have become more and more obscured. This seems to have happened by a dividing of the people in two groups. One group that is anti-war (not really, they just want to go at a slower pace) and pro-“nannyism” (the slow takeover of all parts of peoples lives). The other group is anti-“nannyism” (not really, they just want to go at a slower pace) and pro-war. Although there is much rhetoric between the two groups they seem to be, I paraphrase, two wings of the same cruel bird.
The narrative explained how the masses are willing to subjugate themselves. This was done by feeding the people occasional lavish dinners and providing shows and other entertainment to the people. Does this sound familiar? As seen from above today it is done by claiming that they need to “protect” us from the unseen or from far out possibilities thereby creating a military that has gotten out of control that are sent the whole world over to “protect” us by protecting others and by causing ravages the world over in the name of “protection” all the while killing its own citizens and 100s of thousands of others. They have also done this by giving handouts to the people by giving us drugs (and making us addicts), by promising continual health for all the people, by giving us food and shelter, by giving us shows and other “free” things, by claiming to make our old age “safe and secure”. All the while they do this they do not mention that they have taken far more from us than what they give back. We have seen a slowing in the economy in the last century caused by all these handouts. We have seen hidden taxes (inflation, taxing of corporations, etc) and not so hidden taxes (payroll tax, etc) increase without restraint....more
I don't know how I could have a political opinion for national politics without reading this book first. I still need to learn so much. History is theI don't know how I could have a political opinion for national politics without reading this book first. I still need to learn so much. History is the teacher to look to. Jefferson learned most from history and his observations of it.
It was interesting to know that the basic political differences people have have always been around and that there will be two sets of people those for freedom and those for having others force them to do what they desire. It's unfortunate today that the two major political parties today stand for the latter.
This book has taught me that I need to continue to learn more history so I can better understand the world of today.
It would have been nice if the book expounded more on some of the constitutional principles, it seemed to gloss over some of them.
"John Adams was equally explicit: 'Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.'"
Comparing the Israelite law (which influenced the making of the Constitution) to that of the Constitution: "There was major emphasis on strong local self-government." - It seems many of the strifes that people have for one another (politically) could be solved by localizing many of the issues and keeping to the basic tenants in the constitution, i.e., keep the federal government to only constitutional issues and restoring some of the basic principles that separated the powers of the federal government....more
I found this book to be quite insightful. You could see he understood how people worked (although that didn't mean he was able to interact with othersI found this book to be quite insightful. You could see he understood how people worked (although that didn't mean he was able to interact with others well) with an introduction which explained how people tend to keep to tradition regardless if it was wrong or not. It was fascinating to read how many of his arguments against the British constitution/government could be applied to the US constitution (apparently he was against the ratification of the constitution).
It was interesting to learn in the book club how he was probably the author of the US Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson acting more as an editor and respected person to put his name on the document....more
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This book was pretty cynical and didn't offer any solutions (be prepared to beThis book is available for free from Mises.org in audio and pdf format.
This book was pretty cynical and didn't offer any solutions (be prepared to be depressed after reading it). Written in 1935 it was fascinating to read pretty much exactly what has transpired since then. It makes you realize that we do just repeat history, over and over again. This book is a must read for anyone that wants to have a deeper understanding of human nature and "the state". Understanding history and philosophy is definitely important in understanding the political system around us. I would like to add that it doesn't matter what system of governance we have, if the people are wicked so shall be the government and its destruction and vice versa.
The book is broken up in six parts:
1) It goes over how the state gains power. He also makes observations about the US (one interesting one was how the two party system started from the beginning and how, since 1910, the two parties are not any different). 2) Then he goes over the difference between government and the state. 3) The then goes over the early history of the U.S. and it's experiences with Britain. He then goes on to tell how the State took over the U.S. 4) He then goes over the relationship of the state and land rights. 5) He then goes over how people consider the state to be social in nature but is truly anti-social. 6) He continues to go over how the state gains more and more power over the mindless masses taking every opportunity to increase its power. He says there is nothing you can do about it and that eventually it will topple just like all the other great civilizations of the past....more
Got this book as an audio from a friend. It contained many interesting points. I didn't like the name calling of actor/actresses in this book and theGot this book as an audio from a friend. It contained many interesting points. I didn't like the name calling of actor/actresses in this book and the whole idea of idiots. He did make the book entertaining though.
It's too bad he's a war monger/neo con. Apparently he's coming around to a more limited government thought maybe he'll include the US government's interaction with other countries in his limited government mindset...who would need a fence around our country if we just stopped bombing the crap out of every other country we encounter, and maybe if we stopped regime changes of other countries when their people want nothing to do with.
This books best point is the reference section in the back...great resource to find studies and articles....more
Short and to the point this book did a nice job outlining the causes of the recent economic catastrophe perpetuated by the Fed and US government. A leShort and to the point this book did a nice job outlining the causes of the recent economic catastrophe perpetuated by the Fed and US government. A lesson learned from recent events...when the government is fear mongering, don't listen.
This book also does a short history of money and of the Federal Reserve. A cabal has taken place and it's in our own interest to become free from the wealth destruction that has and is occurring at the hands of our own government....more
Picked this text up from archive.org. For some reason you can't find it in very many places (even though it's older thanInteresting world of dystopia.
Picked this text up from archive.org. For some reason you can't find it in very many places (even though it's older than 75 years, so shouldn't be copyrighted anymore). Reading it on the Kindle, great device!...more