The Law, an 1850 essay by
(1801-1850), a reasoned and historically-validated argument for the law (and government) being just enough to stay
in the background and only jump in to keep us from doing harm to one another, and otherwise staying out of our way.
Bastiat was one of the French in the 1800s greatly inspired by the young United States' marvelously successful
constitutional republic. It is part of his larger work of collected essays:
Essays on Political Economy.
(Download Kindle edition.)
Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the
U.S. Stock Market and Why It can Happen Again
(Kindle edition) by Kevin D. Freeman (Contains several references to
Unrestricted Warfare. See below.)
Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (Kindle edition),
video overview here.
This book is a must-read to understand the 'New Deal', the Depression, and the ascendancy of
the Progrssive movement in the first half of the 20th century.
Stated Communist Goals,
Congressional Record - Appendix, pp. A34-A35, January 10, 1963. Note that
very similar goals are currently being pursued by radical Islamists, progressives,
and (still) Communists even today. (Check off the points and note how many are
done or nearly done.)
In 2001, an inconspicuous manifesto now known as "The Project" was
recovered during a raid in Switzerland: A manifesto that turned out
to be a Muslim roadmap for infiltrating and defeating the West. Today,
files containing evidence from the largest terror financing trial in
U.S. history, which include details about "The Project", are being
withheld by the Department of Justice. (PDF - Arabic and English)
Another document from the same raid is an "Explanatory Memorandum",
clarifying the agenda in "The Project". (PDF - Arabic and English)
One of the most notable books, Milestones,
by Sayyid Qutb
(October 9, 1906 - August 29, 1966), Egyptian author and Islamic theorist.
A special edition with biography and commentaries. (PDF)
The debate on the power of public sector labor unions has had a lot of the same few talking points
espoused repeatedly... unionized public sector employees tend to make more than their private sector
counterparts, and they contribute less (or none) toward their better-than-private-sector retirement and
medical plans. The point that's not made often enough is the fundamental one:
have they managed to get themselves the better deal than (even unionized) private sector counterparts?
It is because they have the
privelege of collective bargaining. Why is that bad you may ask? Private sector unions have collective bargaining.
That's right. On one side of the bargaining table is the union, and on the other is the employer - the
one who pays for these negotiated salaries and benefits.
In the case of the public sector union, the union is on one side of the table, but those paying the salaries
and benefits (the taxpayers) are
on the other side of the table. Administrators or bureaucrats with no skin in the game, or politicians are on
the other side in those bargaining sessions - and unions
are the largest contributors to (mostly Democrat) politicians. No less than the patron saint of the Democrats -
Franklin Delano Roosevelt - knew this was a bad idea. He made the case eloquently in
this 1937 letter to
Luther C. Steward, the President of the National Federation of Federal Employees.
The essential quote...
"All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood,
cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when
applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for
administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government
employee organizations. The employer is the whole people..."
The revolutionaries stoking the fires of the "Occupy someCity"
mini-Woodstock sleep-overs are actually serious about collapsing the system
(whereas most of the kids hanging out are clueless "useful idiots").
Their handbook is The Coming Insurrection. It is a book infused with
evil suggestions as to how to foment collapse, with a really naive simplistic view of
the communistic utopia they imagine would follow.
Wisconsin Congressman (and former vice presidential
candidate) Paul Ryan has been using this
presentation since March of 2011 to persuade colleagues that dramatic action is needed
to cut the deficit.
Amidst much Democratic talk of raising taxes on "the wealthiest Americans" to see that they
"pay their fair share", let's see how much "the rich" are paying now. See this (interactive)
chart, or these
tables (both using data from the Internal Revenue Service).