Book Review: The Revolution A Manifesto by Ron Paul

The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul.

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446537519

I never got around to buying this book. There were several copies in our local public library system, along with a long queue of reservations for them. I was looking for some other books recently when I saw Ron Paul’s Revolution sitting nearby and snapped it up. It’s a an easy read: clear, concise, and to the point. It’s also well-written; notable considering that Dr. Paul is not a professional writer.

Some names I encountered in the book that I took as good signs: Milton Friedman, Bastiat, Thomas Sowell, von Mises, and Henry Hazlitt. you would be hard-pressed to find a better group of bright people who understand and tout liberty and sound economics. Dr. Paul covers the U.S. Constitution, liberty, Patriot Act, economics, foreign policy, and much more.

Some things that I think were especially notable:

1. Ron Paul’s brief message on page 5.
2. Isolation & free-trade.
3. In 2000 Bush claims no nation-building.

4. ‘Blowback’ while unpleasant as a concept, is very real and can not be ignored.
5. Ron Paul, like me, opposes all foreign aid on principle, page 34.
6. Good discussion of the military draft, page 55. See the ‘national service’ discussion on page 58.

7. Ron Paul offers a solid defense of his stance on abortion. This is sure to be somewhat contentious as many libertarians are also athiests. Regardless, it’s a worthwhile discussion and I think most libertarians would prefer to see this as a state issue and see Roe v. Wade as a bad Constitutional outcome. Pages 58-60.
8. A good argument against consolidated govt. at the national or even world levels, page 61.
9. Individualism as a way to overcome racism, moving away from the concept group rights, page 64.

10. Chapter 4 covers economic freedom, which we know can not be separated from political freedom.
11. The story of NYC government school bureaucrats is both enlightening and disturbing, pages 76-77.
12. At the time the book was written, the U.S. is paying about USD $1.4 billion every day just for the interest on the national debt! Page 81.

13. A sound defense of true free-trade, not the so-called managed free trade of NAFTA and similar agreements. Pages 95-98.
14. Concern for civil liberties and personal freedom. Chapter 5. Also, the horrific record of the war on drugs.
15. Dr. Paul is a well-known critic of the Fed and fiat money. He expands on this in chapter 6.

16. I can’t recall where I read it, but I think he wrote that the U.S. has sometyhing like 700 military bases in nearly 130 countries. [pages 37-38] This is bankrupting us, we can not afford it. And I think it does us little good. I can now see how critics of U.S. foreign policy can call us imperialists when looking at those numbers.

Ron Paul makes his case on the grounds of morality, sound economics, liberty, and pragmatism. In addition to Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution … there’s that nagging little item known as the 10th Amendment. Does anyone remember it? ;-)

In summary, this book is an instant classic and a perfect gift for any high school student, particularly those whom have been educated in government schools. Also valuable is the wonderful suggested reading list at the end of the book.

Misc. Links:
Mises Review: The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul
Ron Paul’s Compelling Manifesto – David Gordon
The Revolution – Mises Economics Blog Blog: The Ron Paul Revolution in a Book
Foreword to A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul

  • OfficeSupplyGeek

    Great book, I got it when it first came out. The book is simple, clear cut, and to the point.