Battling Ignorance: Books For The Liberty Lover
December 2, 2013 by Bob Livingston
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
Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness. – George Washington
Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge. – James Wilson
George Orwell was correct. Ignorance is strength… for oppressive governments.
For any political system to function as created, there is and has to be vast deception. This statement is an entrée into an original thought. Many of you will have to stop right here. It is beyond your capacity to grasp. But most longtime readers of Personal Liberty Digest™ or The Bob Livingston Letter™ will continue.
We are in a vast concentration mind-control camp developed through and by years of external stimuli of “public” influence. We cannot think or inquire outside of our invisibly prescribed parameters — some people say “outside the box.”
Unless and until we question “conventional wisdom,” we never receive or process any doubt about the politically prescribed order of things.
Conventional wisdom is what most people believe. Conventional wisdom comes from the news media, public schools, the medical establishment, churches and the government. It’s a lifetime programming process that builds parameters of thought from which few escape.
Conventional wisdom doesn’t take on some people. By nature these people question authority. People progress away from conventional wisdom at various speeds and levels. Some people begin to doubt on an elementary level, while some completely reject any form of conventional wisdom.
These people generally have a thirst for knowledge. It is for these people that I offer a reading list to help them in their search. Any or all of these are great additions to your library, and they make excellent gifts for liberty lovers and for those you would like to encourage on their journey to greater understanding.
You won’t find 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 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 an excellent primer that can be followed by:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
- A Cancer Answer by Catherine J. Frompovich.
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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.