I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised at how many conservatives/Republicans have books coming out this spring. It is an important election year, after all. Here are the ones I’m aware of:
- Sean Hannity, Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda
- Karl Rove, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight
- Mitt Romney, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness
- Andrew P. Napolitano, Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History
- Dick Morris, 2010 Take Back America: A Battle Plan
- Jason Mattera, Obama Zombies: How the Obama Machine Brainwashed My Generation
I understand that Laura Ingraham is also working on a book.
If you want to understand what caused The Housing Boom and Bust, you should read Thomas Sowell’s book by that title (New York: Basic Books, 2009). I already knew about government-backed liberal activists coercing banks to make loans to people who couldn’t pay them back. I wasn’t aware that “smart growth” policies caused high housing prices in some areas throughout the country giving liberals an excuse to claim there was a need for “affordable housing” and giving progressives in the federal government an excuse to interfere in the private sector. In Sowell’s words, “As we have already seen, government regulation adn intervention have been at the heart of the conditions that set the state for the current housing market disaster” (68).
He begins his final chapter by stating that there are many things we need to “unlearn” from the “current economic crisis.” First, we should question “the conclusion that many seem to be deriving from today’s economic debacle–namely, that more government regulation of the housing and financial markets could have prevented the housing boom and bust, with its dire repercussions, and more government regulation is the way to prevent a recurrence of today’s crisis.” Instead, we should remember that it was government interference that caused the “current economic crisis” (117).
Sowell also asks if the Obama administration’s “early initiatives indicate that their primary goal is to put the current economic crisis behind us, as quickly and as fully as possible, or to use that crisis to impose new and enduring changes in the American economy and society.” His conclusion is that they are “using a crisis to fundamentally and enduringly change the institutions of American society” (141-45), as Obama promised before his inauguration and as Glenn Beck has been pointing out lately, too.
If you want more insight into how progressives/liberals/statists are working to transform the United States, read The Housing Boom and Bust.
I just finished reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution by Kevin R. C. Gutzman (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2007). It took me a while to figure out why there was a pig on the cover, but I finally got it (PIG = Politically Incorrect Guide).
I should have read it before Who Killed the Constitution? by Gutzman and Thomas E. Woods Jr. because it starts with the American Revolution and provides a good introduction to Who Killed the Constitution?, which begins with World War I.
The main point of the book for me was that “[f]ar from being the protector of the Constitution, the Supreme Court [along with Congress and many presidents] as been a relentless agent of an ever more powerful and unrestrained federal government” (200), as Gutzman thoroughly demonstrates in both books.
I was interested in one idea Gutzman mentions in the “Conclusion”: “create a constitutional council of the fifty states . . . [that] could help restore the republican federal government of very limited powers we started off with and undo the unrepublican judgeocracy of limitless powers we have now” (220). This idea caught my attention (obviously), and I’d like to learn more about it.
I started reading Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty by Randy E. Barnett, but I stopped after the first two chapters. Barnett writes well, and the book is interesting, but I’m afraid I’m just not in the mood to read a scholarly tome this summer. I may pick it up again some time in the future.
More for my reading list:
- Kevin R. C. Gutzman, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution
- Martin D. Weiss, The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide: Protect Your Savings, Boost Your Income, and Grow Wealthy Even in the Worst of Times
- G. Edward Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
- Hugh Hewitt, GOP 5.0: Republican Renewal Under President Obama
- John Fund, Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy
I began my summer reading program with Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush, by Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman (New York: Crown Forum, 2008). As the authors state at the beginning of the introduction, “Many Americans worry that the Constitution is dying.” They then deliver the bad news that “the Constitution is already dead. It died a long time ago” (1).
In the chapters that follow, they “chronicle a dozen of the words examples of the federal government’s defiance of the Constitution–twelve actions from the past century that, taken together, dealt the death blow to the Constitution” (2-3), actions taken by presidents, congressmen, and Supreme Court justices of both parties.
Whether it can be resurrected or not is up to the American people, who need to better understand the Constitution and its relationship to the federal government.
Reading Who Killed the Constitution? can help you become better informed about attacks on the Constitution during the last century and the precendents those attacks set for politicians and judges today.
The book is easily accessible by the average reader.
Recently I’ve run across references (mostly on Glenn Beck’s TV show) to the following books, which look like they’re worth at least checking out:
- Steven Milloy, Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Ruin Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them
- Arthur Laffer, The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy–If We Let It Happen
- Joshua Cooper Ramo, The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do about It
- Wayne Allyn Root, The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts
- Thomas Sowell, The Housing Boom and Bust
- Peter Schiff, Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse
I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done this summer. The following books are on my list:
- Cleon Skousen, The 5000 Year Leap: The 28 Great Ideas that Changed the World
- Mark Levin, Liberty and Tyranny
- F. A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
- Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
- Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto, eds., American Progressivism: A Reader
- Ronald J. Pestritto, Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
- Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
- Robert Gellately, Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe
- Glenn Beck, An Inconvenient Book
- Walter Williams, Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
- Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
- Thomas E. Woods, Jr., and Kevin R. C. Gutzman, Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush
- Randy E. Barnett, Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty
- George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
- Andrew Klavan, The Last Thing I Remember
The truth about the Great Depression and the New Deal for conservatives:
- Thomas J., DiLorenzo, How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present, Chapters Nine and Ten (at Amazon.com)
- Burton W. Folsom, Jr., New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America (at Amazon.com)
- Jim Powell, FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression (at Amazon.com)
- Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (at Amazon.com)
I’m also posting this information on the Information on Issues for Conservatives (II4Cons) wiki. Please let me know if there are resources I should add by commenting on this post or sending me a message on Twitter.