The highly acclaimed Fox film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s New York Time’s bestselling novel, Atlas Shrugged, will be made available on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 8. The messages are vitally important in regard to the 2012 election as individualism, encroachment on the free-market, socialism and anarchy are explored in this timely and influential film.
The movie is set in 2016 as the United States is on the brink of economic disrepair, eerily paralleling the current U.S. economic crisis. Young executive, Dagny Taggart, runs one of the largest remaining railroads. To save the railroad from financial ruin, Dagny seeks out entrepreneurial industrialist Henry Rearden, whose super-strength metal holds the promise of the future. As government interference cripples economic growth, the country’s most competent and productive workers systematically disappear, expanding the realm of government influence and control. Dagny fights back against the growing influence of socialism.
Below you will find a short Q&A with Harmon Kaslow, producer of the film: Read More »
My libertarian soul was hooked immediately. Yours will be as well. From the very first pages of The Immune, a libertarian-infused, science fiction thriller from Doc Lucky Meisenheimer you will crave something. Something that all authors wish their readers would crave–to see what is on the next page, and the one after, and the one after that, and so on.
The Immune reads like a movie that keeps you guessing until the very end. It could easily be a huge blockbuster big screen thriller someday. Of course, that is if those in Hollywood are able to overlook the anti-government and decidedly libertarian message of the story. The great thing about Doc Lucky’s story is that it remains true to the liberty message without being overly preachy. In other words, this is not an Ayn Rand novel. I do love reading Ayn Rand, but this is much more mainstream and accessible. In fact it could be used as a gentle introduction to the libertarian ideology for those just starting down that path.
The book explores privacy, gun rights, civil liberties, foreign policy, government health care, global governance, and more. There’s even an evil character that I can only guess was patterned after Nancy Pelosi.
The story follows physician John Long in the not so-distant future when bio-genetically manufactured organisms that resemble flying “man-o-wars” (called airwars) begin emerging all over the world and killing humans randomly. Long is an ordinary physician who is lucky enough to be immune to the stings of the airwars. This makes him supremely useful to the propaganda machine of an international governing body that uses the airwar crisis as an excuse to continually strip individual freedoms from the world’s citizens. Hmm… doesn’t that sound all-too-familiar? And that’s not all they try to strip away as you’ll find out when you read the book.
This is truly a wonderful first novel for Doc Lucky Meisenheimer. The Immune succeeds on several levels. It is both heavy and light. It works equally as a “beach book” page-turner, and as an intellectual pursuit of individual liberty. Perhaps some of those that utilize it as the former will morph into using it as the latter by the time the last page is read.
If you are going to pursue liberty you might as well have fun doing it. That’s what reading The Immune is all about. I can’t recommend it enough. Add it to your reading list now. You’ll thank me later.
About half-way through Rand Paul’s new book, “The Tea Party Goes to Washington“, makes me realize that he is trying to really put liberty back into the Tea Party as it was meant to be from the beginning. Making the media rounds yesterday and today, he is spreading that sweet message of freedom like his father. He is scheduled to be on Late Night with David Letterman tonight as well as Hannity’s TV show. Yesterday he was on ABC’s Good Morning America, Nightline, and Hannity’s radio show.
I spent the holidays reading a wonderful new libertarian-themed novel by first time author James Byrd called, “The Light of Day“. The book explores what could happen if the environmentalist movement is permitted to “run the world”. It’s the future and everyone is required to live underground because living above ground is too environmentally unfriendly.
It is certainly a sci-fi page turner with a fast moving plot and interesting characters. The novel juxtaposes two societies, a society with very little freedom and another that is about as libertarian as you can get. Byrd accomplishes this effort quite effectively without getting overly preachy. There are no multi-page John Galt style speeches. Byrd uses the plot to emphasize the free vs. non-free “fight” in a quite understated way.
I’m sure there are those that will balk that Byrd’s vision of a future where environmentalists control society in such a way, but that’s not really the point here as I see it. The point really is to illustrate that your individual freedom is being assaulted on all fronts, not just the obvious ones.
Now I’ll go into the preliminaries. Goyette gives up the goods in a methodical way. The book is divided into four sections: “Where we are”, “How we got here”, “What happens next”, and “What to do”.
For those that study Austrian economics and have read recent books such as Tom Woods excellent “Meltdown” much of the first part of the book will be a bit like preaching to the choir. However, for interested neophytes the book is a perfect introduction. In fact I feel that it has supplanted Tom Woods’ “Meltdown” as the one book to recommend to your curious but currently misinformed friends. If fact, having them read both books could be all the information they need.
For the more experienced readers the desire to skip directly to the final section of the book may be too much to resist. After all, most of us feel like we know why and how the economy collapsed at this point. What we do not know is what to do about it. Goyette does not disappoint. He doesn’t tell you how to allocate your investments, but he makes very specific recommendations in the final section of the book, including where to find more information about each investment to research it for yourself.
I had first heard of Goyette during Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign of 2008. To me he was just another radio talk show host, but upon reading this, his first, book, I learned he is much more than just another conservative radio talk show host. He has a resume suggesting that he knows of what he writes. From his own bio page:
“With years of experience as a financial professional in the commodities, securities, currency and precious metals business, he has long been a participant in the national economic debate. In fact more than 25 years ago Charles arranged for a then little-known Texas Congressman to be the keynote speaker at a series of monetary conferences he hosted.”
Goyette’s liberty gene runs deep and his “Meltdown” may save your financial life someday. Even if it doesn’t, isn’t it worth $20, just in case?
Alan Greenspan has been dubbed “The Maestro”, but of what? He became what he once despised. He “sold out”. He’s the geeky kid who just wanted to have all the cool kids like him. So he did what they wanted rather than what was morally responsible.
It turns out he was not much more than the architect of the housing bubble which contributed greatly to the economic mess we are suffering through right now. He was the maestro of moral hazard.
Greenspan’s successor, along with his partner in the Treasury are traipsing down the same path. Bernanke and Geithner are the Dukes of Moral Hazard. Bernanke is Luke and Geithner is Bo.
While they tinker with the economy (General Lee) they are making life hell for the rest of us. We are a bunch of Rosco P. Coltranes to them.
Moral hazard is the prospect that a party insulated from risk may behave differently from the way it would behave if it were fully exposed to the risk.
So the Dukes continue their bailouts, money printing, and money laundering just to keep the moral hazard government-sponsored Ponzi scheme afloat.
Meanwhile the dollars we are left with purchase less with every passing day. This is how our dearly beloved government can utilize the hidden tax of inflation to raise taxes. And they can do it without major public scorn since most do not understand that inflation is as evil a tax as the income tax.
There are a few things we can do to help people understand. First, make sure you contact your representative and request they cosponsor HR1207 or S604 to audit the Fed. Next, read Ron Paul’s newly released book, “End the Fed“. It will give you a deeper understanding of The Federal Reserve and arm you with persuasive arguments for abolishing it. Paul effectively ties the Fed to the general persistent growth of government and its intrusion in our lives.
With the Fed around there is no such thing as “limited” government. Government is a perpetual growth industry.
Aren’t we tired of this constant heavy hand regulating us into oblivion? It is high time for the people to stand up and regulate the government.
The government would love nothing more than for you to believe that they have all the answers. They want you to believe that through their laws you somehow magically become more free or more equal. This notion is a fallacy. Government by its very nature is force. Over time many people have attempted to seek methods to minimize government’s force over our lives, but as time moves forwards more and more laws are created limiting our options.
One of the key ingredients in attaining some semblance of freedom is to become financially independent. A new book, “5 Steps To Freedom“, by Jeff Nabers and Phoebe Chongchua supplies us with some extremely effective tools to escape financial slavery. Take elements of Tom Wood’s “Meltdown“, Ron Paul’s “Manifesto“, and Peter Schiff’s “Crash Proof” all rolled into one and you come very close to describing “5 Steps To Freedom”.
The five high level steps are:
The first portion of the book is an education on topics such as:
“Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, men become the tools of men. Blood, whips, and guns – or gold. Take your choice – there is no other – and your time is running out.” – Ayn Rand
by Jake Towne, the Champion of the Constitution
Originally published Saturday, July 25, 2009 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article6666.html
Douglas Gnazzo’s 2008 book, Honest Money: A History of United States Gold and Silver Currency, is an essential add to the reading list of any serious student of monetary systems. Far shorter than the massive tome of Edwin Vieira’s hopefully-soon-to-be-reprinted Pieces of Eight at 226 pages, Gnazzo takes the reader on a pleasurable blitzkrieg through our country’s rich monetary history, from the founders and the Constitution to modern times. Perhaps the most enthralling section of the book is the closing chapters where Gnazzo’s gives his thoughts on a future commodity-based currency and, more importantly, how to transition there from where we are now. Like myself, Gnazzo has called for a national debate on the subject before it is too late.
Gnazzo splashes all the colors of the truth on the wall for his readers. He relates how our money was slowly debased by the politicians’ wars and those pesky central bankers who weeviled their way back into power after America’s first two central banks were destroyed. He relates how the destructive virus of public debt was sown in during the founding of our country chiefly by Alexander Hamilton, the Revolutionary war hero and mercantilistic servant of the aristocracy in America.
Musing on the famous poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the world monetary system. A European organization called the United Future World Currency created by former central bankers is exposed.
by Jake Towne, the Champion of the Constitution
Originally published on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article6610.html
Yesterday I was unpacking my books from China, a chore that took a few hours. I came upon a wonderfully illustrated, hardbound edition of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Wreck of the Hesperus.” Unable to resist, I sat down and cracked it open – the copy is about 70 years old. (photo1photo2)
For a little background, Longfellow was a New Englander who lived seaside for much of his life from 1807-1882. Many of his poems have a rhythmic cadence, and he is also very well known for the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Here is “The Wreck of the Hesperus:”
This is not your usual Ron Paul video. He seems a bit uncomfortable being the one expected to initiate the questions, but as the discussion moves along he becomes more comfortable (or maybe it’s me that feels uncomfortable with Ron Paul in this role).
There were some fascinating moments. The discussion regarding Thomas Jefferson and how his presidency did not quite match his rhetoric was one of these moments. The discussion of Herbert Hoover and Woodrow Wilson are others. During the discussion we also find out which U.S. President Ron Paul thinks was the worst in history.
The full interview is embedded below. It is almost 60 minutes long. If you have problems with the video below you can watch it directly on youtube. There are some audio/video sync problems in part 5 (FYI).