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I once heard Ron Paul say, You can t have liberty in pieces Say what you want about Ron Paul, but he is consistent a rarity among those inside the Capitol Beltway. Without a doubt the best political book I ve read in a long time It is difficult to address 50 topics as complex as the ones Dr Paul addresses here in full detail but you definitely get a clear picture of his thought process and stance on the subject matter He covers everything from Abortion to Israel and his message and his theme are consistant throughout We have become a nation no longer focused on Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness but a nation focused on winning Democrats vs Republicans, Christians vs Islam, Pro life vs Right to chose Ironically we don t seem to fit into these categories logically The lines are drawn by those who Demagogue the issues Those that make the pro choice argument don t seem to apply the same logic when it comes to other personal choices Those that want religious freedom don t seem want to defend others religions Those that want to save money on welfare don t seem to want to save money military Each side is serving its political machine vs making smart choices that can benefit everyone The message is clear Giving the government too much control creates a market for those that would use that control for their own benefit Wether those people are lobbyist or gullible politicians A democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting over whats for dinner Our original constitution was not a promise to deliver us from want It was a blueprint for a Republic to give protection to the small and weak from the power and tyranny of the strong and or many A message summed up by Love your Neighbor as yourself a message supposedly shared by all the major religions of the world Notable mentions lewrockwell.commises.organtiwar.comcampaignforliberty.com @DOWNLOAD PDF ⚜ Liberty Defined ¹ In Liberty Defined, Congressman And New York Times Bestselling Author Ron Paul Returns With His Most Provocative, Comprehensive, And Compelling Arguments For Personal Freedom To Date The Term Liberty Is So Commonly Used In Our Country That It Has Become A Mere Clich But Do We Know What It Means What It Promises How It Factors Into Our Daily Lives And Most Importantly, Can We Recognize Tyranny When It Is Sold To Us Disguised As A Form Of Liberty Dr Paul Writes That To Believe In Liberty Is Not To Believe In Any Particular Social And Economic Outcome It Is To Trust In The Spontaneous Order That Emerges When The State Does Not Intervene In Human Volition And Human Cooperation It Permits People To Work Out Their Problems For Themselves, Build Lives For Themselves, Take Risks And Accept Responsibility For The Results, And Make Their Own Decisions It Is The Seed Of America This Is A Comprehensive Guide To Dr Paul S Position On Fifty Of The Most Important Issues Of Our Times, From Abortion To Zionism Accessible, Easy To Digest, And Fearless In Its Discussion Of Controversial Topics, LIBERTY DEFINED Sheds New Light On A Word That Is Losing Its Shape review Ron Paul continues the noble tradition of founders and thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, James Burnham and Patrick Buchanan in social political conditions of the 21st Century The book is written in lucid, vital and free flowing style without any convoluted jargon The stage is set in contemporary America, and the intended audiences are likely the young indoctrinated subservient Americans, victims of Washington DC This book could be the conservative bible for next two decades to effect political renewal of a tired, beaten and declining America It deals with Paul s unique approach as a practicing Christian, a conservative libertarian and a citizen statesman The amoral and utopian aspects of left libertarianism are absent in this book Indeed the word libertarian has been mentioned only 6 times in the text In comparison, the word moral has been mentioned a good 109 times, and liberty occurs 191 times The book emphasizes the true essence of Christianity and Christ as the prince of peace, not a messenger of aggressive deceitful secular wars The writing is universal in its appeal so that a person from China, India, Africa, Islamic World or Europe will naturally relate to its contents It defines the true meaning of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, the three principles of humanity It is applicable to all human societies and aggregates, not just America It shows the essence of conservatism and social order and extensively deals with liberty s relationship with morality, religion and ethics. Let us give up our longing for welfare, our love of war, and our desire to see the government control and shape our fellow citizens Let us understand that it is far better to live in an imperfect world than it is to live in a despotic world ruled by people who lord it over us through force and intimidation We need a new understanding of what it means to be a great nation it should mean, as George Washington said, that our nation is a beacon unto the world, not that we conquer the world militarily, impose our will on everyone, or even remain number one in the GDP rankings Our sense of what it means to be great must defined first by morality So Ron Paul states in the afterword of his most recent book, Liberty Defined 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom All Americans should read this book Paul takes us on an A Z journey of issues that affect the world and in every one he gives his freedom loving perspective You may not agree with Paul on every issue, but I guarantee there are very few people out there that are as reasoned and read in their own positions Discounting him as a crazy old man is in no way accurate, it does to insult your own intelligence than to detract from his message America needs Ron Pauls, not less. So far i m about 2 3 thru his book , Dr.Paul has managed to write an entire book, and not say a whole lot He s a pacifist at best, and a tad bit looney at worst He makes outlandish comparisons and doesn t bother to back them up While I agree with his main assertion that our Federal Government has gotten much too big and strayed from its Constitutionally enumerated powers, his views on how best to correct that seem laughable and at times not dealing with the reality we are faced with Being an idealist doesn t solve problems and I don t see anything he brings to the table that would actually solve the problems effectively That said, maybe he will drop a bombshell on me at the end I ll keep reading, and waiting to see, what, if anything he offers. Dr Paul hits the nail on the head once I love Ron Paul, and I love all that he stands for This is a MUST read before voting in the primaries I can t say enough good things about Ron Paul or this book. I think I might go Libertarian for awhile In the run up to any presidential election, it is not uncommon to see new books hit the market from the pens of those who are in the running These books often take the form of memoirs, introducing readers to the candidates on a personal level at other times a politician will actually put in writing what he or she intends to do if elected While I have nothing against biographies, I prefer the policy oriented texts from those who desire my vote.Thankfully, Ron Paul s books tend to fall into this latter category, and his latest is no exception This book is quite different from his previous works, though In it he writes broadly, outlining his views on a wide variety of topics arranged alphabetically from Abortion to Zionism rather than focusing on a single topic la End the Fed This book will serve well as an introduction to Dr Paul, whose message continues to gain popular support, though it has remained remarkably consistent through over 30 years of public service.Rather than comment on the individual essential issues , I wanted to analyze Paul s political philosophy as a whole, based on the arguments presented in this book To do this, I asked three important questions that would help me and perhaps others decide whether this is a man I would support for President The questions 1 Is his policy consistent 2 Are his objectives desirable 3 Can it work ConsistencyNobody likes a flip flopper Often a politician will hold a position on an issue so long as it is politically convenient, only to switch positions later Sometimes this happens because he or she is too easily swayed by special interest groups or popular conventional wisdom which is often no wisdom at all Other times, it happens because a candidate s political vision has no logical internal consistency When politicians have supported positions that are mutually exclusive or policies that are working toward opposing ends, they eventually must backtrack.One thing that struck me when reading this book was how consistent Paul s logic is On every issue his position is well thought out, clearly articulated, and organized around one central objective His introduction says of this book and of his philosophy in general Above all, the theme is liberty The goal is liberty Paul desires a government that exists solely to maximize personal liberty, and his commitment to his ideas has been unwaivering, even when they are very unpopular.Love him or hate him, at least you know what you re getting with Ron Paul.DesirabilityOf course, it s possible for someone s logic to be perfectly consistent yet still be based on undesirable objectives or false premises So a reader or voter must ask Do I want what Ron Paul wants On the surface, most everyone would agree that freedom is a good thing Few would say that they desire less liberty However, when it comes to personal responsibility the flip side of the freedom coin objections begin to be raised.Ron Paul would have lovers of liberty realize that a government that allows its citizens the freedom to succeed must also allow them to be free to make poor choices and be responsible for their consequences In business, this means letting companies fail no matter how large or small as the market regulates itself Paul is an enthusiastic proponent of the Austrian School of economics In his words, the Austrian School champions private property, free markets, sound money, and the liberal society generally.What does the liberal society look like Protecting individual freedom, according to this model, requires the federal government to be involved as little as possible in the lives of citizens, which necessitates a willingness to let individuals fail should their free choices result in harm to themselves Thus, Paul is in favor of deregulating things like drugs and prostitution, while ending government welfare, unemployment, and a host of other programs that keep citizens reliant on the State.Far from being a compassion less society, this is a society that makes it easier for those in need to receive aid from family, friends, neighbors, religious organizations, and other local sources, which are far better suited to meet needs Of course, this also leaves the responsibility for meeting those needs in the hands of compassionate individuals and communities, which is why our Founding Fathers were so insistent that a free society rested entirely on the morality of its people.Two areas in which Paul encounters much resistance are products of his consistent approach to the size of the government His philosophy of limited government requires ending the monopoly on education held by nationalized schools, and drastically scaling back the single largest hub of federal power and spending the military Strangely, many of the biggest proponents of free markets who tend to support Paul s economic policies are also staunch supporters of public schooling and military empiricism two things that inhibit market freedom than nearly anything else So people tend to look less favorably on Paul s positions on competition for schooling and non interventionist foreign policy.Even in areas where people disagree with Paul, his arguments are compelling Citizens from all points on the political spectrum owe it to themselves to consider Paul s case At the end of the day, though, your agreement with him will depend on how much freedom you really want and want others to have Real liberty, almost totally free from government regulation, can be a scary thing Are we ready for that kind of responsibility FeasibilityHaving considered his objectives, what about the premises on which Paul s philosophy is based One of the primary critiques of classical liberalism libertarianism has long been that it is based on a Utopian fantasy that it sounds good in theory, but can t work in practice Is this true In some senses, yes, it is true The Great American Experiment as Alexis de Toqueville called it which sought to provide liberty for all was an imperfect system because it counted on the morality of sinful people But the founders of that political system, which Paul seeks to reclaim for America, acknowledged its imperfection and made provision for compensating for Man s inherent sinfulness by giving us a very limited government with many checks and balances, codified in the Constitution and protected by a Bill of Rights.Besides, political systems are not to be judged against perfection, but against their competing alternatives a point fleshed out by Jay Richards in Money, Greed, and God There is no such thing as a perfect human government So if one agrees that Ron Paul s objectives are better than the alternatives, the proper question is whether it is achievable.Paul s book contains a mix of optimism and pragmatism While he truly believes that his policies would work, he realizes that implementing them immediately would be too drastic a change from where we are now Thus, he suggests several practical intermediate solutions that are steps in the right direction, which could be done upon his election for instance, seeking to give public schools over to local control, rather than eliminating public schooling altogether.Whether it could work may be moot, however Unless Americans come around to Ron Paul s way of thinking, we may never get a chance to see whether his policies can work in 21st century America Even if he is never elected, though and he is considered a long shot for the White House , Paul will not consider his endeavor a failure He writes as a modern day Cicero hopeful to help save the Republic, but committed to passing on a legacy of ideas to educate future generations about the blessings of liberty and peace and a system of government that honors the rule of law Should the United States prove to have passed the point of no return with regard to the loss of personal liberty, Paul hopes that his message will help preserve the vision of the founders of our nation to be revived again some day.So, can Ron Paul s policies work I suppose that depends on whether or not one believes that America has crossed her Rubicon.This is a book every politically interested citizen should read. I certainly agree that every so often, after long periods of apathy, when the people, driven by architects of fear, have plunged into dependency, agitators have their day That which has been ignored and scorned bursts forward with sudden credibility and offers an alternative to the failed ideas that bred and nourished a tyrannical government Though great agitators for liberty in past centuries have struggled to keep the spirit alive, the climate looks quite healthy for significant and fruitful social and political changes to come out of hibernation We all need to become agitators for liberty, else we end up in a permanent state of slavery pg 264 65 This book records Rep Pauls thoughts on 50 issues that affect our freedom A Z from Abortion to Zionism Each subject garners 3 10 pages on average Because there are short answers given within each section theres a listing of additional books that cover the sections in depth If I were to discuss a few chapters that I thought were most important, I d have to say all the ones on government intrusion They can only intrude because they can print, borrow and steal money from the taxpayer Most problems would be solved by closing the fed, and going to a flat or fair tax Though all politicians swear to uphold the constitution there may only be 1 that does, and he s the author There is the far left, communists if you will, and far right or anarchists, Ron would be a few steps to the left of the anarchist understanding that the government provides some things of use The best thing for the individual is a small government that stays out of the way, unless they are to protect us from a foreigh invader Ron says that people have been brainwashed for so long that it will take a constant message in our ear plus the reality of failed policies of the republicans and democrats When you go to the polls in 2012 are you for liberty or statism, the collective or the individual, the constitution or the unending laws of an inept congress and our King.