This is a short reading and viewing list of critical resources surrounding the campaigns’ themes of liberty, sound money, and the rule of law. They are arranged by estimated time.
5 to 15 Minutes
- The Constitution of the United States, 1787-present http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html
- The Declaration of Independence, 1776 http://www.usconstitution.net/declar.html
- Note: Towne for Congress offers an online lesson plan here.
- The Declaration of Independence was the promise to setup a new government to protect individuals from tyranny following the revolt. The Constitution of the United States was the fulfillment of that promise, the creation of a supreme law that would bind the hands of government.
- Smedley Butler, 1933. “War is a Racket.” West Chester Pennsylvanian, WWI two-time winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and USMC Major General. Speech on the military industrial complex and war following WWI. Link here, and PDF for download below.
- Hayek, F.A. 1944. The Road to Serfdom in Cartoons. The abridged book is here.
- The Free Market. A free newsletter mailed by the Mises Institute. Go here to signup http://mises.org/freenewsletter.aspx
- The Philosophy of Liberty. An 8-minute video, available below.
30 to 60 Minutes
- Frederic Bastiat. 1848. “The Law.” It is very important to understand Bastiat’s concept of how the government “legally plunders.” Bastiat describes why the force of the state used to rob or redistribute wealth from the populace is a major moral wrong. Bastiat wrote this in France as the socialists drove the country to ruin. Link here, and PDF for download below. http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html
- Mises Institute. “Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve.“ 42 minute video, highly recommended. Embedded below.
A Long Afternoon (Books)
- Henry Hazlitt, 1946. Economics in One Lesson. Timeless! PDF for download below. http://fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson/
- Murray Rothbard, 1990. “What Has the Government Done to Our Money?” A must-read! PDF for download below.
- Ron Paul, 2008. The Revolution: A Manifesto. “Truth is Treason in the Empire of Lies.” Check Amazon.com or your local bookstore.
- Douglas Gnazzo, 2008. Honest Money. A concise examination of the monetary system and history in America, its many flaws, and thoughts on a path forward. The prelude to the book can be read for free here “Is America Broke?” Recommend the audio book.