Book Review: 63 Documents

The government doesn’t want you to read
by Jesse Ventura
Review by Brian R. Wright

Review first published 12/16/2011.

Nice little compendium of what many of us longtimers in the Truth and Freedom Movement (TFM) have known for some time, but perhaps not realized the source material for. The Governor has performed a wonderful public service by compiling 63 documents—actually 63 sets of documents—on US government (USG) crimes, atrocities, and coverups … and precursors of USG crimes, atrocities, and coverups. Everything from JFK deciding to pull out the troops from Vietnam (pretext for his assassination) to the USG letting a major pharmaceutical company distribute a pesticide for spraying that imperiled the honeybees is covered.

If you believe in things like making a pact with the devil, you might say that our own intelligence agencies did just that at the end of World War 2. That’s when we started giving many of Hitler’s top henchmen not only sanctuary in our country, but putting these same Nazis to work for us. The Cold War with the Soviet Union was beginning—and the excuse was that we needed every bit of expertise, scientific and otherwise, that we could get.

It almost seems to me that the Cold War was staged so the weapons manufacturers and others could make money off it. Otherwise, how could we go from being allies with the Russians all through the war to their becoming our bitter enemies almost overnight? As Colonel Fletcher Prouty once said, “Nothing just happens, everything is planned.”
— page 60

All These Docs Are Government Docs

In fact, the book should have been named more accurately, 63 Sets of Government Documents that the Government Didn’t Really Plan on You Reading. Most of them were classified at one time or another, but some of them slipped thru the bureaucratic cracks, and others were obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. What I like about Jesse Ventura writing something like this—with Dick Russell—is that he sounds like a fairly ordinary guy. Not some Alex Jones or Jim Marrs knowledgeable expert who has been studying the invisible government and Men of the Power Sickness (MOPS) forever. For example, when he discusses the Pentagon’s non-response on 9/11:

The question that’s haunted me from day one is how come the world’s biggest military superpower was somehow oblivious to rogue airliners in American air space for more than an hour, and our top brass seemed so befuddled in terms of dealing with hijackers apparently using these four planes as flying bombs. Why couldn’t our fighter jets intercept at least one of them? — page 217

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Guest Column: Ron Paul on the Syria Bombing

Trump’s Disastrous Syria Attack
By Ron Paul [Full column here.]

Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, “Mission Accomplished!” They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it.

We all remember that “Mission Accomplished” was the banner behind then-President Bush as he gloated aboard a US navy ship that the war in Iraq had been won. After his “victory,” however, some 4,000 US military personnel were killed, perhaps a million Iraqis were killed, and the country’s infrastructure and social fabric were so badly destroyed that they probably can never be repaired.

Actually, there is much about the US attack on Syria that reminds us of Iraq.

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Article: Time to Redouble our Efforts

Donald Trump will need major help to see the light of liberty
Ron Paul, Campaign for Liberty

“So what does Donald Trump’s election as President mean?”

When a close friend of mine asked me that question shortly after the results poured in on election night, I tried to be as fair and objective as I could.

It means the American people are angry. With the rejection of Hillary Clinton, it means the American people are telling Washington, D.C. and its apologists in the press exactly where they can shove the status quo.

It means you and I are facing some real opportunities — and some very real dangers.

The American people have spoken, and they are fed up with business as usual.

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Guest Column: Libertarians and The Alt-Right…

… brothers in arms toward leftist destruction
by Shane Trejo [go to source original column here]

Lately, there has been a great deal of petty bickering going on between libertarians and members of the alt-right. This turf war is being waged primarily through social media, and much of the time, it is centered around disputes on contentious issues such as multiculturalism and open borders. Instead of arguing about the specifics of these nuanced issues and further dividing the two factions, libertarians and members of the alt-right should find common cause against on their extremely dangerous, increasingly deranged, and virulently statist enemies of the political left.

The Impact of the Alt-Right

At the current moment, the alt-right is emboldened by their perceived success. Whether true or not, they have given themselves credit for memeing Donald Trump into the White House. Based on the media coverage of their exploits, it is hard to disagree with this assessment. Hillary Clinton read Alex Jones’ conspiracy theories and ridiculous headlines penned by Milo Yiannopoulos at live events during the height of campaign season. Her campaign actually released an online resource depicting Pepe the Frog as a white supremacist threat. The alt-right is the left’s preferred boogeyman of the moment, a distinction that libertarians enjoyed at the height of the tea party era.

Sadly, many libertarians have reacted to the alt-right with much of the same admonition as the left. They have repeated talking points straight out of CNN, led by the once relevant Jack Hunter and other creatures of Washington D.C. swamp. These hacks are only concerned about protecting their bread and butter and refuse to see the bigger picture. At the very least, libertarians should be cackling feverishly at the Idiocracy-meets-the-Twilight-Zone new political normal that has resulted due to Trumpmania. Libertarians should appreciate the bizarre and ruinous impact that the alt-right is having on the body politic at large. Continue reading

Book Review: Nullification (2010)

How to resist federal tyranny in the 21st century
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

WoodsOne of the main points of view from my dear ol’ mom, before she left us, was: “We need to take power out of the hands of the federal government and put it back to the states and the people.” A lifelong teacher—and sadly a holdout for government action to provide basic education—she nonetheless saw the transfer of wealth and control of the system to the Leviathan of the federal government as the source of all its main problems. So, too, with virtually every public issue: crime, civil liberties, war, economics, urban deterioration, the whole enchilada.

Further, she was talking like this probably a decade before the modern Nullification movement came into prevalence. Mainly via the Tenth Amendment Center, and scholars such as Tom Woods. Woods, a fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, has a number of books to his credit, including a treatise on how the Catholic Church built Western civilization (! sic). But I remember his incisive point and counterpoint in favor of Dr. Ron Paul during the 2012 presidential bid. Good stuff for sure. And I’m glad he’s on our side in this stellar movement to tell the federal government where it can stick its unconstitutional edicts. Continue reading

Brian’s Column: Dead Horse, New Horse?

4Q 2015, Michigan. [Excerpt draft from upcoming The Truman Prophecy.]

HeinleinAnd it came to pass in the SLOW (Spartan Land of the Wolverine) and in most other  subrealms of the LOWDOWN—to be uttered in a deep Darth Vader-like voice—(Land of Worship for Deathstar Operations Worldwide No-Exceptions) that a onetime major—albeit never conventionally successful—movement for freedom sputtered to a halt. That ultimately petering-out political enterprise would be the Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) and Libertarian Party (LP) in general.

Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. [Good manners, consideration] … and formal politeness provide the lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as ’empty,’ ‘meaningless,’ or ‘dishonest,’ and scorn to use them. No matter how ‘pure’ their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best.
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Brian’s Column: The Death of Death Star Politics

Home of Postmaster 1, Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Walking_off_Stage_2[Editor’s note: This column is an excerpt from the Tin Man’s Heart chapter of my novel in  progress, The Truman Prophecy. The corresponding location in the book will likely see several changes before publication.]

Patrecia Bartlett turned off her TV in disgust. Mid-October 2015, the 2016 presidential candidates snorted and pawed in the early public forums leading into Primary Season. What earned her revulsion was the latest ‘debate’ among the Republican lot.

She seldom watched mainstream TV anymore, but succumbed today in a moment of weakness. Maybe this one time—with alleged libertarians Rand Paul and Ben Carson or apparent anti-MSM, Jack-in-the-Box billionaire Donald in the mix—a genuine ray of hope-laden light would slip out between the gears of the fog machine. Continue reading