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Old 11-30-2007, 11:29 AM
Thug Bubbles Thug Bubbles is offline
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Concerning American Politics/history, definately check out Thomas Paine. I'd say check out all his works, they're not very long in total, but specifically look into The Rights of Man, and Age of Reason. His writing is interesting, lean, and very passionate.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:36 AM
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Concerning American Politics/history, definately check out Thomas Paine. I'd say check out all his works, they're not very long in total, but specifically look into The Rights of Man, and Age of Reason. His writing is interesting, lean, and very passionate.

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I read Chrisopther Hitchens biography of Paine; thats a good starting point.


Oh and you don't know anything till you read some Marx.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:44 AM
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In that case, I would start with the Anti-Federalist Papers. I'm sure you can find a compendium somewhere.

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Also, whoever said Economics In One Lesson is correct.

Murray Rothbard's Power & Market.

Robert Higgs has a couple of excellent books on Leviathan.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:48 AM
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Howard Zinn' A People's History of the United States for American History

Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman's Manufacturing Consent For understanding the media

Upside Down by Eduardo Galeano for learning about world poverty

Robert L Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers for learning about economic history and theory

Rousseau's The Social Contract for learning about the justification and purpose of government.
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:17 PM
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The constitution is too ambiguous and quite honestly if you approach it in a favourable light your doing yourself a huge disfavour. Basically, Ron Paul, Goldwater et al are unwittingly proposing an anti-democratic 'slave state' in their unflinching admiration of the constitution and in their tiresome rhetoric thereof.

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I like how you equate a document which basically advocates the federal government doing nothing to an "anti-democratic slave state".
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:49 PM
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Sounds less like A reading list and more like YOUR reading list :P
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:51 PM
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The Constitution is a sinister document meant to enslave the people?

Well, at least your being honest about your insanity.
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:53 PM
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It depends what your interest is. Tracking the latest movements of the heard is both depressing and boring for me. I enjoy studying what policies and government forms might actually work even if there is no hope for them in my lifetime.
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:55 PM
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I have this book, imo its slighlty biased to the left
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:01 PM
Kurn, son of Mogh Kurn, son of Mogh is offline
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1st, before you read anything else, read the US Constitution. While some things there are vague, it is still the rules of governance for the US.

After that, read anything anyone else here suggests and always ask yourself if what you are reading fits into the framework of the Constitution.
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