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This site is meant to encourage political thought, discourse, and the development of a principled argument. The platform may change as these principles develop. We use data-driven decision making, so as the data becomes available it should help inform both principles and policy. One fundamental assumption we make is that the role of government is to protect life, liberty, and property in a non-interventionist role. The other fundamental assumption we make is that the people are sovereign. As a practical matter this means that governments are only legitimate if they enjoy the consent of the governed - the citizens.
We aren't preparing to run for office, and are not looking for financial support. We do, however, welcome your thoughts, suggestions, and insight. We would like to know if this platform fills a need that is currently left out in the traditional Democrat/Republican (Republicrats) debate.
What we are reading...
TomDispatch.com - While the authors of the Deming Liberty Platform originally endorsed the TomDispatch site for good reasons, we have withdrawn our support for this site on philosophical grounds.
Ludwig von Mises Institute - Advancing the scholarship of liberty in the tradition of the Austrian school of economics. Here is the wiki.
The Cato Institute - Dedicated to individual liberty, free markets, and peace. Some critical pieces are found in the Cato Policy Reports...
Campaign for Liberty - An all-access pass to the principles of individual liberty. An example of the types of items included in the C4L site is the Anti-Tax Protestors Targeted on Terrorist Watch List. This item summarizes a story originally found in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
LewRockwell.com - anti-State, anti-war, pro-markets.
The American Conservative - Interesting perspective, including some earth-shattering revelations. For example, see the discussion of Senator McCain's role in covering up evidence of American POWs in Vietnam after the war. It is also interesting that these details were not brought to light by either the liberal or conservative media outlets during the 2008 campaign, and have gone virtually unreported since the story broke. The families of these soldiers, as well as the entire American public, have a right to know why these individuals were continually left behind.
The Southern Avenger - The "Southern Avenger" Jack Hunter is a conservative commentator (WTMA 1250 AM talk radio) and columnist (Charleston City Paper) living in Charleston, South Carolina. His columns are intelligent and provocative, and they bring a fresh voice to the tired, mindless banter of the mainstream media. His work is a must-read.
The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty - "The flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education and one of the oldest and most respected journals of liberty in America. For almost 50 years it has uncompromisingly defended the ideals of the free society."
The Statesman Sentinel - "a news publication for the those committed to restoring constitutional government, liberty and sovereignty to the United States of America by promoting the fundamental principles which ensure the preservation of a free society, and which were advocated by the founding generation of the American Republic: Individual Liberty, Constitutional Government, Free Markets, Sound Money, and a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy."
Eau Claire Journal - "In an age of ten second sound bites, one thing the Wisconsin citizens need is a more in-depth analysis of both current and historical events. We are surrounded by media and yet are probably the least informed citizenry in centuries. Some of the fault may lie with us, but it is media that has conditioned us to settle for a fast food style of news and analysis that has left us starving for the truth. In these perilous times Americans are searching for relevant and objective news. We are looking for someone to sort through all the fluff and deception, to separate out the wheat from the chaff, and give us true substance and honest analysis."
ShadowStats.com - a wonderful resource to compare historical calculations to today's calculations. For example, you can compare the inflation rate in 1980, 1990, and today's terms.
And some books...
The Revolution - A Manifesto - "Ron Paul's legacy--from decades of principled defense of freedom, peace, and sound money--is inculcated in this very important book. Just the right length, it convincingly and eloquently advances the Ron Paul philosophy. It's a book for beginners and for all of us, no matter how well-read, on liberty, Austrian economics, the Federal Reserve, the free market, the welfare state, and the warfare state. No mere "campaign book," this is one for the ages. And I especially appreciated the suggested reading list at the end. Ron, thank you for your shining example in congress, for teaching millions through your presidential race, and for being--as this extraordinary book shows--the Tom Paine of the second American revolution. Fellow Ron Paulians, we have only begun." - L. H. Rockwell, Jr.
Economics in One Lesson - "Economics, as we have now seen again and again, is a science of recognizing secondary consequences. It is also a science of seeing general consequences. It is the science of tracing the effects of some proposed or existing policy not only on some special interest in the short run, but on the general interest in the long run...The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups...Nine-tenths of the economic fallacies that are working such dreadful harm in the world today are the result of ignoring this lesson. Those fallacies all stem from one of two central fallacies, or both: that of looking only at the immediate consequences of an act or proposal, and that of looking at the consequences only for a particular group to the neglect of other groups." For an online version of this book, click here.
From Dr. Tom Woods' site...“During these times that challenge our freedoms there is no one more qualified to make U.S. history relevant to the fight against big government than Thomas Woods. This book is a must read for all who cherish liberty.”
Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse
More Guns, Less Crime - Research-supported thesis is that crime goes down in juristdictions that allow private citizens to protect themselves in their homes with firearms, and goes down even more in places where citizens are allowed to carry concealed firearms.
Constitution of Liberty - "A reflective, often biting, commentary on the nature of our society and its dominant thought by one who is passionately opposed to the coercion of human beings by the arbitrary will of others, who puts liberty above welfare and is sanguine that greater welfare will thereby ensue."—Sidney Hook, New York Times Book Review
Give me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries - Portions of this book are available online by Naomi Wolf. Although Ms. Wolf is a self-proclaimed Progressive, she does a good job describing how a concerned citizen can make a difference in promoting liberty.
The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot - Another book by Naomi Wolf. This book describes the ten steps every fascist regime follow, in order, when converting a democracy to a fascist state. It details the policies of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, more recent fascist states, and how America is currently implementing many of those policies. For an online description of this book, watch all of the YouTube videos on it, beginning here.
WallStats - Death and Taxes 2012 - A visual poster of the federal government's budget. It is a wonderful summary of where taxpayer dollars are going, and gives some indication to the relative amounts going to different agencies. It is well worth a look.
The County Sheriff - America's Last Hope - A short description of the power of the local sheriff when protecting against invasions of liberty.
And some audio/video files...
Why Free Markets Matter - Tomas E. Woods, Jr.
"The market does not have natural antagonists..."
What is Sound Money? - Joseph T. Salerno
Discussing the differences between commodity money and fiat money. Fundamentally important discussion of inflation and its effect on purchasing power. How do we define sound money? The answer has two parts. "First, it is a commodity chosen by the market, like gold and silver. Second, the commodity's supply and value are completely independent of the government." For a good discussion of the history of money, watch here.
Applying Economics to American History - Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
The Core of What Economics Teaches - Mark Thorton
Discussion of Economics and private property rights. "Violations of property rights makes us poorer...so that theft and taxation makes us lose our incentive..."
For Liberty - A documentary of the grassroots effort by ordinary Americans to fight the political establishment during the 2008 presidential campaign. Provides compelling evidence that both the liberal and conservative news outlets, especially Fox Noise, actively downplayed the people's support for congressman Ron Paul during the campaign. This documentary also provides perspective on the origins of the Tea Party movement and the initial attempts by citizens to begin to take back their rights as individuals. This documentary illuminates the deciding point in America's history where the citizens finally began to systematically take back the government from statists, both liberal and conservative.
Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve - A google video that provides a good starting point to begin your education in our current monetary system.The Tea Party movement is being pulled in two directions - Ron Paul or Sarah Palin. With whom do you most align?online surveys