“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” – James Madison in a letter to W.T. Barry on Aug. 4, 1822
If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. – Thomas Jefferson
What is the best way to acquire knowledge? I believe the best and only way is to read, read and read some more.
I read voraciously, but I’m selective in my reading. While I follow current events through some daily mainstream publications, I don’t depend upon them for knowledge because all they feed you is the propaganda their masters want you to know.
Follow them too closely, and you remain stuck in a vortex of conventional wisdom. Follow them too closely, and you will forever be bound by normalcy bias — that state of mind that prevents one from considering the possibility of a crisis that is outside his or her normal experience.
Liberty lovers now find themselves engaged in a war with political and financial elites over the soul of our nation. There are some of us who have been in the trenches fighting this fight for a long time. But many, many people are newly awakened; and more people are awakening daily.
They thirst for the kind of power that knowledge gives, as Madison mentioned in the quote above. And they are looking for sources of that knowledge. So if you have a liberty-lover in your circle of relatives or friends and you’re looking for a gift idea, I have a few for you. These are some of my favorites.
You won’t find most of them on any best-seller list. Some of them will be difficult to find at all. Few of them will grab you like a page-turner suspense novel. Frankly, reading some of them will be a slog. But you will be the better for reading any or all of them. Here they are, in no particular order.
“A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II” by Murray N. Rothbard: No liberty-lover’s library is complete without something from Rothbard. He has delved deep with this economic history to detail the effects of currency manipulation and make the case for hard money. No one alive or dead has ever done as good a job of explaining economic theory or Austrian economics or making the case for sound money.
“The Creature From Jekyll Island” by G. Edward Griffin: The Federal Reserve was hatched from a conspiracy by elitist bankers and government stooges on an island for the privileged located off the coast of Georgia. Griffin goes far beyond Sutton’s work on this subject. In fact, this is the most detailed book on the subject I’ve seen.
“End The Fed” by Ron Paul This is the perfect companion book to “The Creature from Jekyll Island.” It will help you understand Ron Paul’s philosophy and why he believes the Federal Reserve is the source of our economic woes.
“The Federal Reserve Conspiracy” by Antony C. Sutton: Beginning with Alexander Hamilton’s efforts to establish a privately owned national bank in the European model, Sutton brings the reader through the history of the national bank movement in the United States. He covers who was behind it and who opposed it, and why. Using their own words and writings, Sutton documents their motives and untangles the connections.
It is essential that we understand our history if we are to understand what is wrong with our government. Of course, the first place to begin is owning a copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. While there are books that can be purchased that contain these works, they are also available online for free.
It is essential that we understand our history if we are to understand what is wrong with our government. Of course, the first place to begin is by owning a copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. While there are books that can be purchased that contain these works, they are also available online for free.
Here are some other books that are essential to understanding our history.
“Patriots: Men Who Started the American Revolution” by A.J. Langguth: If you truly want to learn about the men behind the American Revolution, this is the book for you. It gives you details about the lives and times of America’s patriots: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and others. It describes how the movement toward American independence and war with Great Britain grew from discussions at a back table at a pub to direct confrontation to victory. This is the history you were not taught in school, but that you need to know if you truly want to understand what motivated the Founding Fathers.
“The Frontiersman” by Allan W. Eckert: Using historical documents, Eckert chronicles the lives of men who tamed the American frontier and provides insight into the relationships between the white settlers who struggled to expand the borders of the new world and Indians who sought to preserve their way of life and their lands. The book focuses primarily on two men, frontiersman Simon Kenton and the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, but their lives cross paths with many of the important figures in early American history. I will go even further and recommend all of Eckert’s books — his histories like “The Conquerors,” “Wilderness Empire,” “The Wilderness War” and “A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh” or his wildlife books like “Wild Season,” “The Silent Sky: The Incredible Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon” or “The Great Auk.” Eckert is one of my all-time favorite authors.
“The Civil War” by Bruce Catton: First published in 1960, Catton provides an unbiased look at the Civil War and the events that led to it. It deals not only with the battles fought on the battlefield, but also those that took place in the political arenas for the armies and governments on both sides and their interactions with foreign governments overseas. For a more in-depth look, read “Bruce Catton’s Civil War: Boxed 3 Volume Set.”
“The Real Lincoln” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo: Although he is called the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln embarked on a war that led to 620,000 deaths and the destruction of 40 percent of the American economy — not to free those held in slavery, but to centralize power in Washington, create “the American System” of Henry Clay and build an empire. Lincoln was a proponent of Clay’s American System (taxpayer subsidies for railroads and corporations and infrastructure improvements) for 28 years prior to becoming President. DiLorenzo unmasks Lincoln and turns the myth surrounding the Father of the Republican Party on its head, using his own words and actions.
“Hamilton’s Curse” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.
“James Madison and the Making of America” by Kevin R.C. Gutzman: This is the closest one can come to being on the floor during the Philadelphia Convention. Gutzman has taken Madison’s accounts of the proceedings and his other writings on the Constitution, as well as those of other participants, to unravel the thoughts of the Founders during the creation of the U.S. republic. This is the story of a man who often performed his duties in spite of himself. In it we see that Madison felt the Bill of Rights unnecessary while acknowledging that the Constitution was an inadequate document destined to fail.
“The Founding Father’s Guide To The Constitution” by Brion McClanahan: For those without the time or inclination to read the thoughts of those who participated in the process of debating, drafting and ratifying the Constitution — the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers and the text of the ratification debates — this book is an excellent place to begin obtaining a greater understanding of the nation’s founding document.
Regarding politics and more recent events, here are a few books to start with.
“Deep Politics and the Death of JFK” by Peter Dale Scott: Scott delves into the underworld and reveals the behind-the-scenes players whose actions actually drive the decisions of the surface politics we see. While he doesn’t unravel the conspiracy, he provides ample evidence that one was in play.
“The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World” by John Perkins: American democracy paints a pretty portrait of the United States as a peace-loving, democracy-spreading, benevolent benefactor to freedom-loving nations and people around the globe. But what goes on in the shadows is quite different. It’s actually an ever-growing leviathan that employs bribery, coercion, extortion and even, at times, assassination as billion-dollar corporations and people acting under authority of the U.S. government — the corporatocracy — work to spread U.S. empire. Perkins, once an economic hit man himself, reveals what’s really going on behind the scenes and shows why America is rightly reviled around the globe.
“Three Felonies A Day: How The Feds Target The Innocent” by Harvey A. Silverglate: This book is about the breakdown of the rule of law in the United States. Individual freedom and the rule of law are gone in America. They haven’t come for you yet, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t broken the law. The Feds (U.S. prosecuting attorneys) now target the innocent and create laws out of thin air to use against anyone they choose to target. Silverglate says the “federal prosecutors are abusing their power by using the criminal law to prosecute law abiding citizens…” They are seizing illegal power by twisting marginal and highly questionable interpretations of criminal law.
“Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal” by Joel Salatin: Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms, began farming as a teenager with the goal of milking 10 cows by hand. That would earn him $1,000 per cow per year, not a bad living for teenager in the late 70s. But there was one problem. It was illegal. Virginia, like many States, had banned the sale of raw milk. In the book Salatin laments the demise of the local farmer’s market due to government health regulations and the bureaucratic minefield that is designed to stifle innovation and benefit the large agricultural-industrial complex at the expense of the small farmer.
“Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century” by Thomas E. Woods: Mention nullification as a way to resist Federal tyranny and prepare to be branded a racist who wants to bring back slavery. But nullification — the idea that if Congress passes an unconstitutional law the states don’t have to acknowledge or obey it — enjoys a rich history in the United States. It began long before slavery was a major political issue and is being used even today. A commonly used argument against nullification is the idea that the Civil War “settled” the issue. Woods argues that the Civil War had nothing to do with nullification, even though the Southern states seceded based on the (correct) compact theory of the union. That theory maintains that each individual state — not a single group of united people — joined together to form the Union. Each individual state, acting in its sovereign capacity, ratified the Constitution in the months and years following its drafting in 1787. This is not the American history that most schoolchildren learn — nor the one that most law students study. What they are taught can be called the nationalist theory, which conceives of the United States as deriving from a single sovereign people rather than from an agreement among states and the residents of each state. Woods covers the discussions that took place and essays that were written during the states’ ratifying conventions — particularly those in Virginia — that prove they understood the states maintained the right to shield their people from encroachments by the federal government.
Finally, here are a few more for your consideration. They may be difficult to find, but they are crucial reading for anyone interested in learning what’s going on behind the scenes in the world.
“Occult Theocrasy,” Vol I & II by Edith Starr Miller: Written in French and translated to English.
“Freemasonry, an Interpretation” by Martin L. Wagner: Reveals esoteric freemasonry.
“The Pincers, Freemasonry and Catholicism” (author anonymous).
“Tragedy and Hope” by Carroll Quigley: Reveals the new world order. It’s the blueprint of the British aristocracy.
“Spiritual Communism” (author anonymous): Tells how the American churches have been deceived into believing and teaching political messianicism or Judaism.
“Defenders of the USA Republic” (author anonymous): A compilation of letters written in the 1960s revealing methods of the takeover of the United States.
“The Union Jack” (author anonymous): Exposes the theology of British Israelism as a Christian front.
“And Men Wept” by Catherine Palfrey Baldwin: Reveals the secret British Earl of Dysart movement to conquer the United States.
“The Empire of the City” by E.C. Knuth: Tells how the world is ruled from the city of London.
“Mystery Babylon,” collection of newsletters by Don Bell: Very valuable.
“The Vitamin D Cure” by James E. Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford: The average American is vitamin D-deficient, and that deficiency is behind many of the diseases and ailments suffered by people of all ages. If a person is suffering from the symptoms of fatigue, joint pain and/or swelling, muscle pain, cramping and/or weakness, uncontrolled weight gain, high blood pressure, restless sleep, poor concentration and memory, headaches, bowel problems (constipation, diarrhea or both) or bladder problems (urgency, frequency or both), a lack of vitamin D may be the culprit. If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these conditions or maladies, you must read this book and learn whether a simple solution — vitamin D — can provide the needed relief. And vitamin D is a much better cold and flu preventative than a combination of all the vaccines Big Pharma has concocted over the years.
“The UV Advantage” by Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D.: Reveals the explosive power and health benefits of ultraviolet light, sunshine and vitamin D. This has been hidden for 100 years. Points the way to revived health and healing.
“The Arginine Solution” by Robert Fried, Ph.D., and Woodson C. Merrell, M.D.: Provides information on the high value of nitric oxide in health and male potency.
“The Dr. Royal Lee Lectures” in the 1940s, 50s and 60s: Extremely valuable.
“Going Back to the Basics of Human Health” by Mary Frost.
“The Real Truth about Vitamins and Antioxidants” by Judith A. DeCava.
“The Royal Road to Health” by Charles A. Tyrrell, M.D.
“Bacteria, Inc.” by Cash Asher.
“Pasteur Exposed, The False Foundation of Modern Medicine, Germs, Genes, Vaccines” by Ethel Douglas Hume.
“The Cholesterol Hoax 101+ Lies” by Sheldon Zerden.
“The Medical Mafia: How to Get Out of It Alive and Take Back Our Health & Wealth” by Guylaine Lanctot.
“A Cancer Answer” by Catherine J. Frompovich.
“When All Hell Breaks Loose (Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes)” by Cody Lundin.
“SAS Urban Survival Handbook” by John “Lofty” Wiseman.
“Crisis Preparedness Handbook” by Jack A Spigarelli.
“Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook” by Peggy Layton.
Many Americans are deluded into thinking the economic, political and social mess in which we find ourselves is the result of mistakes made by the leaders or some confluence of accidental events. But in reality, it’s all a grand design to steal your liberty and your wealth and transfer it into the pockets of a select group of elite power brokers. To truly understand what’s going on, one must divest himself of conventional wisdom and see the world in a new light.