“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, letter to W.T. Barry, Aug. 4, 1822
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. (The books I have reviewed for Personal Liberty Digest™ will have a hyperlink to direct you to the review.)
For 42 years I have been sharing through my printed newsletter the health, wealth and liberty information that I have discovered in my extensive research. I work hard to uncover the truths that the elites and power brokers don’t want you to know. And then I compile it all into an eight-page newsletter each month. Give a subscription to BLL and you’ve given a gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays have passed. Each issue includes breaking health discoveries your conventional medicine doctor will never tell you about, money-making and money-saving investment tips your broker would never share with you, and privacy and asset protection strategies the government hopes you never learn.
Many Americans are deluded into thinking the economic 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 wealth and transfer it into the pockets of a select group of elite power brokers. To truly understand what’s going on, one must understand the Federal Reserve. Here is where you start.
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.
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 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.
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. 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 not only deals 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.
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.
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. In Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, author Peter Dale Scott delves into the underworld and reveals the behind-the-scenes players whose actions actually drive the decisions of the surface politics we see.
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 hitman himself, reveals what’s really going on behind the scenes and shows why America is rightly reviled around the globe.
The Constitution in Exile by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. Almost since its adoption in July 1789, the U.S. Constitution — the oldest continuously effective written Constitution in the world — has been under assault by Presidents, Congress and errant decisions handed down by Supreme Court justices. Napolitano explains Natural Law — that rights are endowed by a Creator, not by government — and what that idea meant to the Founders and should mean to us today. He describes Natural Law’s opposite — Positivisim — which is the idea that the law is whatever those in power say it is.
The True Story of The Bilderberg Group by Daniel Estulin. A shadow government made up of a select group of powerful political and wealthy elites meets annually to chart the course of world affairs. This group — which today includes many familiar names like Rockefeller, Kissinger, Clinton, Bush, Ford and Greenspan — advocates for a single world government in which they hold all the power.
Named for the opulent hotel in which the first group of the world’s elites and power brokers met in Oosterbeek, Netherlands in 1954 — the Hotel De Bilderberg — the Bilderberg group operated clandestinely for many years. Estulin is one of a few intrepid reporters that has managed to pierce the veil and peer inside their secret enclave.
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.
Finally, here are a few more for your consideration. They may be difficult to find, and they certainly won’t appear on The New York Times’ Bestseller List, but they are crucial reading for anyone interested in learning what’s really going on 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.
- Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, Nilus and Victor E. Marsden. Another blueprint of the world order.
- 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, Catherine Palfrey Baldwin reveals the secret British Earl of Dysart movement to conquer the United States.
- The Empire of the City, 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 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 Vitamin D Cure, by James E. Dowd, M.D. and Diane Stafford indicates low levels of vitamin D may be the cause of most of your health problems.
- 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.