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“The Bailout/Economic Crisis” predicted over 150 years ago

Posted by Jesse on December 30, 2008

there are two issues — and only two — that have always endangered the public peace.

They are slavery and tariffs.

Slavery is a violation, by law, of liberty. The protective tariff is a violation, by law, of property.

It is indeed impossible to imagine, at the very heart of a society, a more astounding fact than this: The law has come to be an instrument of injustice.

there are two kinds of plunder: legal and illegal.

But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply.

See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.

See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.

Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such a law — which may be an isolated case — is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system.

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From bastiat.org: Found on the site US History resources in the translation by Dean Russell for the Foundation for Economic Education

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Campaign for Liberty’s Foreign Policy Reading List

Posted by Jesse on November 18, 2008

An Overview

Core:
The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul, ch. 2 (audiobook)
A Foreign Policy of Freedom: ‘Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship’ by Ron Paul
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson
Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer
The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War by Andrew J. Bacevich
The Old Right and War:
Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism by Bill Kauffman
Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement by Justin Raimondo
The Betrayal of the American Right by Murray N. Rothbard; online here
Prophets on the Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism by Ronald Radosh
Other Important Books:
Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson
Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Robert A. Pape
American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy by Andrew J. Bacevich
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich
War Is a Racket by Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler; online here
The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War and the Rise of the Messianic Nation by Richard Gamble
The Costs of War: America’s Pyrrhic Victories, ed. John V. Denson
We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing From 1812 to Now by Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy by Murray N. Rothbard; online here
Articles:
“Our Own Strength Against Us: The War on Terror as a Self-Inflicted Disaster” (.pdf) by Ian S. Lustick
“What Do the Terrorists Want?” (.pdf) by James L. Payne
Audio:
Scott Horton’s Antiwar Radio has featured some of the most important intellectuals, journalists, and political figures of our day, and its archive is a treasure trove of knowledge. Scott suggests the following as some of his best and most informative interviews. Access his full archive, subscribe to his podcast, and listen live from 12:00pm-2:00pm Eastern.

Michael Scheuer, 22-year CIA veteran, former head of the agency’s Osama bin Laden unit,
and author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror
Robert Pape, author, Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Chalmers Johnson, author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego
Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer and columnist, The American Conservative
Ron Paul on Terrorism and more
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent
John Cusack, actor, on his film War, Inc.
Jim Powell, author, Wilson’s War
Ron Paul on Iraq and Afghanistan
Chris Hedges, author, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
Carah Ong, Iran Policy Analyst, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector
Larry Velvel, dean, Massachusetts School of Law
Gareth Porter, reporter, IPS News

The Economics of Foreign Policy

Articles:
“We Spend $1 Trillion a Year in Defense” by Robert Higgs
“The Neglected Costs of the Warfare State” (.pdf) by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
“Military Spending / Gross Domestic Product = Nonsense for Budget Policymaking” (.pdf) by Robert Higgs
“Military-Economic Fascism: How Business Corrupts Government, and Vice Versa” by Robert Higgs
“Do We Need to go to War for Oil?” (.pdf) by David R. Henderson
Audio and Video:
“The Myth of War Prosperity” by Robert Higgs
“Taxation, Inflation, and War” by Joseph T. Salerno (video here)
“War and Inflation: The Monetary Process and Implications” by Joseph T. Salerno
“War and the Money Machine” by Joseph T. Salerno
Books:
Depression, War, and Cold War by Robert Higgs
Pentagon Capitalism by Seymour Melman

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Power to the people! Right on.

Posted by Jesse on March 26, 2008

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Michael Scheuer: Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station.mp3

Posted by Jesse on January 17, 2008

Have a listen to Scott Horton interviewing Michael Scheuer here.

Here is the Wikipedia link on Scheuer and also for his book, Imperial Hubris. This is one of the 5 books Ron Paul suggested Giuliani read.

One of the books is Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson

You can listen to the Horton/Johnson interview here.

Take a gander at Chalmers’: Republic or Empire: A National Intelligence Estimate on the US

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