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TomtheTinker
08-09-2014, 04:34 AM
I'm getting locked up for a year for some victimless crime nonsense and would like to keep up with some of the political news while I'm away. I would like it to come from a more libertarian/small government perspective but it doesn't have to be perfect..basically would like it to cover the presidential race, current events, markets, maybe gold/silver prices some opinion pieces and so on. If somebody could point me in that direction I'd really appreciate it..ty

Also has anybody read Jim Powell's The Triumph of Liberty. It seems interesting and comes from a unique angle.

Suzanimal
08-09-2014, 05:04 AM
I like The Freeman, I'm not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for but it's full of great information.

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/



About

FEE’s mission is to inspire, educate and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society.

For young minds interested in an introduction to free market economics and its foundations in the broader philosophy of individual liberty, FEE is the best source for inspiring content, programs and community. FEE is not an academic or political organization; instead our focus is making the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society widely accessible, easily understood and energizing to young minds. We do this by delivering content that is substantive and thoughtful in forms most convenient to our customers, including in-person seminars and lectures, web-delivered content, printed material in book and magazine form, and networking opportunities. At FEE, young people—and educators who work with them—will find an exciting and optimistic introduction to the Austrian and classical liberal traditions in free market economics as well as opportunities to connect with other young people and free-market organizations around the world.


History

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States, was founded in 1946 by Leonard E. Read to study and advance the freedom philosophy. During its long and illustrious history, FEE has published or hosted lectures by some of the finest minds of the modern age, including Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, Vernon Smith, Israel Kirzner, Walter Williams, George Stigler, Frank Chodorov, John Chamberlain, F.A. “Baldy” Harper, William F. Buckley Jr., among many others. You can learn more about the history of FEE through this wonderful collection of remarks by Henry Hazlitt.




Also has anybody read Jim Powell's The Triumph of Liberty.


Nope but I'm going to now.:) Here's a review at FEE.


On some books you feast. On others you nibble. Jim Powell’s The Triumph of Liberty is one of the latter. A fascinating collection of brief biographical sketches of those who have championed human freedom throughout history, Powell’s work is a seemingly inexhaustible source of information, insight, and inspiration. To sit down and read it cover to cover would be not to give Powell his due. His stories deserve to be savored, re-read, and retold. (Readers of this magazine may remember that a number of Powell’s sketches first appeared in these pages.)

Powell begins with Cicero and ends with Martin Luther King Jr. This reflects the breadth of his vision, blending names traditionally associated with free-market economics and classical liberal thought—such as John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand—with champions of religious, social, and cultural liberation as varied as Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan B. Anthony, Louis L’Amour, Mark Twain, and Robert Heinlein.

One of my favorite accounts is of the life of Desiderius Erasmus, prolific author and contemporary of Martin Luther in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe. I had only a passing familiarity with Erasmus, and so was delighted to learn about his defense of free will and religious toleration in an era of persecution by both the Catholic Church and Luther’s Protestant followers. Erasmus, we further learn, wrote a response to Machiavelli’s The Prince urging European leaders to favor peace and freedom over power and plunder. “I am a lover of liberty,” he wrote, and Powell supposes that he “must have been uneasy about his friend Thomas More’s Utopia, which described an ideal society where ‘everything’s under state control.’”

Powell dutifully provides those just learning the tenets of the freedom philosophy an excellent introduction through the lives of major eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century economists, philosophers, and politicians. But then he throws some curve balls. He profiles William S. Gilbert, whose comic operas ridiculed the governing establishment of his day. H.M.S. Pinafore, or the Lass That Loved a Sailor apparently drove Tory prime minister Benjamin Disraeli up the wall, which alone justifies Gilbert’s inclusion in The Triumph of Liberty. Another work created with Sir Arthur Sullivan, The Mikado, is a clever take on the dangers of meddlesome government and the hypocrisy it so often creates.

Another gem is Powell’s profile of Victor Hugo, whose Les MisÚrables has itself been revived as a popular and powerful musical in recent years. I had forgotten that it was Hugo who famously declared that “nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

I am indebted to Powell for giving me a new appreciation of Thomas Babington Macaulay. Powell leads off his treatment of Macaulay by making the sweeping claim that the English essayist and historian “ranks among the most eloquent of all authors on liberty” and “in terms of the sheer quantity and range of eloquence, perhaps only Thomas Jefferson soared to such breathtaking heights.” Macaulay was an abolitionist, advocate of religious freedom and equality for women, and critic of “profuse expenditures, heavy taxation, absurd commercial restrictions, corrupt tribunals, disastrous wars” and other government perfidy. He wrote that private property is “that great institution to which we owe all knowledge, all commerce, all industry, all civilization.”

The Triumph of Liberty provides a unique perspective on such pivotal world events as the fall of the Roman Republic, the Reformation, the American Revolution, the Holocaust, and social movements for abolition, women’s suffrage, and civil rights. A major theme is how much it can cost to stand up for basic human freedom. Twelve of the 65 men and women he profiles were imprisoned for their beliefs, and 15 were exiled from their home countries. Three were killed. Many of Powell’s heroes were poor for much of their lives, sacrificing material comfort as they fought for their principles. Often they did not live to see the fruits of their labors.

In today’s intellectual climate, the kind of history that Powell has written is decidedly out of fashion. His is a book about heroes whose actions altered the course of human development. It is a refutation of the notion that only impersonal social and economic forces can explain the evolution of societies. If, for example, John Lilburne had not spent much of his life in English prisons, protesting the injustices of the Star Chamber and championing the rights of the individual, English history from the seventeenth century to the present might have been far different.

I feel compelled to conclude by quoting one of the blurbs on the back of The Triumph of Liberty. I do so only because I can’t imagine any better way to put it. “A generation of American children are being taught that Malcolm X, Ralph Nader, Gloria Steinem, and William Kunstler are heroes,” author P. J. O’Rourke wrote. “Please read The Triumph of Liberty to your kids. Or go to their school and hit a teacher over the head with it.”

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-triumph-of-liberty-by-jim-powell

TomtheTinker
08-09-2014, 05:48 AM
I have read some of their online articles. One that really sticks out in my mind I read a couple years ago on the subject of education. It was truly fascinating in the way it articulated the way state controlled education limits the ability of its trainees and what we are missing out by not allowing the service of education to take a more organic path in the way it is provided. I used google in an effort to find the article but there are a few showing up and don't have time to figure out which one it is.

Freeman would certainly keep my mind busy but would really also like to keep up with the presidential race and other current events. I'm guessing the ground work for the Republican nomination wont be a conversation piece where I'm going and its driving me crazy that I'm going to miss out. Ty..have a nice day

Warlord
08-09-2014, 05:49 AM
what about InfoWars Magazine?

Warlord
08-09-2014, 05:51 AM
Also Celente's Trends Journal might be what you're looking for (google it)

SneakyFrenchSpy
08-09-2014, 05:56 AM
Here are some worthy picks, good luck!

The New American (https://www.jbs.org/shop-tna/subscriptions)
Reason (https://reason.com/subscribe)
The American Conservative (https://online.icnfull.com/bmg/)

Origanalist
08-09-2014, 07:51 AM
That bites. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GrH-eo4mYoc/U-Pl232QDfI/AAAAAAAA_q4/piLqzs_9wGo/s1600/tumblr_n8ppsl4YeZ1srvkeao1_500.jpg

tod evans
08-09-2014, 08:00 AM
Get Backwoods Home & Fine Woodworking.

You need more than politics to keep your brain occupied.

TomtheTinker
08-09-2014, 02:44 PM
Thanks guys.

Anti Federalist
08-09-2014, 04:47 PM
Lord Jesus, for our sake you were condemned as a criminal: Visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgment. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to your will, and give them hope for their future.

When any are held unjustly, bring them release; forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice.

Remember those who work in these institutions; keep them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison, O Lord, we do for you, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask for your mercy's sake.

Amen.