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01-11-2008, 12:20 AM
Lets say Ron Paul gave his supporters a reading list of five (5) books. What do you think he would suggest? (Please list 5)

He'd have to include foreign policy history, austrian economics, constution...

I'd really like it if Ron Paul gave us a reading list. Thats one summer reading assignment I would do.

01-11-2008, 12:21 AM
Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman

Road to Serfdom F.A Hayek

01-11-2008, 12:39 AM
Creature From Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin

Unintended Consequences, by John Ross

Blowback, The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, by Chalmers Johnson

A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship, by Ron Paul

Freedom Under Siege, by Ron Paul

Capitalism and Freedom, by Milton Friedman should be on the list as well.

01-11-2008, 12:42 AM
I think Thomas Paine's Common Sense would be in there.

Blowback, definitely.

Unintended Consequences.. awesome book!

01-11-2008, 12:42 AM
Road to Serfdom for starters.

01-11-2008, 12:43 AM
Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer.

It was on Rudy's list.

01-11-2008, 12:59 AM
Atlas Shrugged
The Federalist Papers

01-11-2008, 01:05 AM
The Art of War

-Sun Tsu

01-11-2008, 01:08 AM
The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell
The Poor Man's James Bond, by Kurt Saxon


01-11-2008, 01:09 AM
Atlas Shrugged
The Federalist Papers

I doubt he would pimp Atlas Shrugged...

You know what, I'll just toss out "1984" for the sake of it.

01-11-2008, 01:11 AM
Maybe Molon Labe, by "Boston T. Party"

Unintended Consequences.. awesome book!

I loved that book too, though I'm not sure its for everyone...especially not govt employees. :cool:

01-11-2008, 01:12 AM
How'd everybody miss these easy 2:

Declaration of Independence


Anti Federalist
01-11-2008, 01:22 AM
Creature From Jekyll Island - G. Edward Griffin

Unintended Consequences - John Ross

Compromised - Terry Reed

Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith

The Federalist Papers and much more important, the ANTI - Federalist papers.

Road to Serfdom - F.A. Hayek

01-11-2008, 01:25 AM
I'm not so sure about Atlas Shrugged. Ron Paul's attempts to reform Washington from within and wake people up is the exact opposite of John Galt's attempt to round up the elite and give the finger to everyone else.

01-11-2008, 02:03 AM
For A New Liberty - Murray Rothbard (http://www.mises.org/rothbard/newliberty.asp)

What Has Government Done to Our Money? - Murray Rothbard (http://www.mises.org/money.asp)

Attention Deficit Democracy - James Bovard

The Black Arrow - Vin Suprynowicz (If you liked Unintended Consequences you'll probably like this one.)

Human Action - Ludwig Von Mises (http://www.mises.org/Books/HumanActionScholars.pdf)

01-11-2008, 02:58 AM
1) How to win friends and influence people
2) How to win friends and influence people
3) How to win friends and influence people
4) How to win friends and influence people
5) How to win friends and influence people

Taco John
01-11-2008, 03:46 AM
He more or less gave it to us in his last email entitled Onward!

Per Dr. Paul
This movement has always operated on two tracks -- intellectual and political, and must. The first and most important is the intellectual. Such heroes of freedom as Ludwig von Mises, Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard, and so many others like Rose Wilder Lane, John T. Flynn, Isabel Patterson, and Garret Garrett, have helped build the foundations of freedom, prosperity, and peace. We carry on their work, to change hearts and minds.

First, for anyone not familiar with Austrian Economics, this is essential. It's not on this list, but here is the book I'd reccommend before jumping into anything on economics by Mises or Rothbard:

Economics for Real People, by Gene Callahan
Review (http://mises.org/misesreview_detail.aspx?control=212) | Free PDF (http://www.mises.org/books/econforrealpeople.pdf) | Purchase the Book (http://www.mises.org/store/Economics-for-Real-People-An-Introduction-to-the-Austrian-School-2nd-edition-P116C0.aspx)
(Understanding this material is key to understanding Dr. Paul's core philosophy)

"For a New Liberty" by Murray Rothbard
Purchase the Book (http://www.mises.org/store/For-A-New-Liberty-P301C0.aspx) | Free Audio Book Download (http://www.mises.org/media.aspx?action=category&ID=87)

"The Discovery of Freedom" by Rose Wilder Lane
Purchase the book (http://www.mises.org/store/Discovery-of-Freedom-The-P411C0.aspx) | Free PDF Download (http://www.mises.org/books/discovery.pdf)

"The Road Ahead: America's Creeping Revolution" by John T. Flynn
Free PDF (http://www.mises.org/books/roadahead.pdf) | Buy the Book Used (http://www.amazon.com/road-ahead-Americas-creeping-revolution/dp/B0006DKT1G/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200044225&sr=1-12)

"The Law" by Frederick Bastiat
Buy the book for $6.00 (http://www.mises.org/store/Law-The-P408C0.aspx) | Read it as a web posting (http://www.mises.org/story/2060)

This is probably a good start at a reading/study list.

01-11-2008, 03:57 AM
The Constitution and 1984 by George Orwell, some Austrian economics too.

01-11-2008, 04:03 AM

01-11-2008, 04:09 AM
Machiavelli - The Prince

01-11-2008, 04:22 AM
I like this thread. Isn't it nice to support an intellectual candidate?

Well as others have mentioned I think a lot of the reading would be history, economics, political thought: Rothbard, Hayek, Friedman, Mises I imagine being his favorites, though I'm sure the good doctor would encourage us to read widely of people we disagree with.

My favorite period in history is the French Revolution. In it we have a wonderfully rapid display of what happens with unlimited power, however good the intentions might be. We also see the many arguments - usually emotional - used to attack a restricted government. And much else! The historiography of the period is very complicated, but wikipedia has a good page where people can start to try to find some of the writers:


There is of course for those wanting an introduction:


Hope some people find this interesting - it has shaped much of my views on history and politics - and basically turned me into the cynic I am today who always wants to see politicians tightly controlled!

As for a more immediate reading list might I recommend this site:


Don't know if everyone already knows it, but it's a real goldmine of political and economic commentary for the last 30/40yrs, with various articles on history etc. One of my favorite sites. I would point people to the discussions of Reagan, the Crash of '29 and FDR as particular favorites.

01-11-2008, 06:02 AM
I doubt he would pimp Atlas Shrugged...

You know what, I'll just toss out "1984" for the sake of it.

Paul has spoken of his admiration for the philosophy of Ayn Rand. How do you think his son Rand got that name?

NJ Carlos
01-11-2008, 06:22 AM
1. The Constitution
2. Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations by Michael Walzer *** Discusses "Just War Theory," very important to Paul's foreign policy positions ***
3. Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson
4. Targeting Iran by David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky, Ervand Abrahamian
5. The Late, Great USA: The Coming Merger with Canada and Mexico by Jerome R. Corsi
6. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer, Stephen M. Walt
7. Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer
8. The 5000 Year Leap: The 28 Great Ideas that Changed the World by W. Cleon Skousen

I strongly recommend most books written by Noam Chomsky and John J. Mearsheimer, both widely respected, though often controversial. Chomsky is brilliant in almost all of his work. Mearsheimer is an avid realist, and many of his great essays can be found online.

I also agree with others in their recommendation of Ron Paul's 2 books, including "Freedom Under Siege," which is a bit difficult to find anywhere but Amazon, from what I researched.

This is turning out to be a very resourceful thread. Hopefully I introduced some unique options, and I encourage others to do so as well. Thanks for your input so far, my Wish List is growing on B&N.com :)

01-11-2008, 06:32 AM
I'd like to see Anarchy, State, Utopia in that list.

01-11-2008, 06:47 AM
I'd like to see Anarchy, State, Utopia in that list.

beat me to it, so I'll go ahead and second. Excellent book.

Bradley in DC
01-11-2008, 06:51 AM
Check my signature

01-11-2008, 07:01 AM

Uncommon Sense: The Real American Manifesto by William James Murray

I don't know that Dr. Paul would explicitly recommend this book, but I've read it and it fabulous and really explains some of the history about our founding.

John Adams speech during the Continental Congress against John Hancock regarding the Declaration is unbelievable, and WILL move you to tears - or you have no soul.

I've darn near worn my copy out, because I refer to it often for quotes and citing etc.

THIS is the kind of required reading school children should have - then they might not find history so lame.


01-11-2008, 07:08 AM
For economics a great introduction before the heavy stuff...

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt