Suggested Reading for IPR Readers In 2013

There was an exchange of comments a couple days ago, where IPR reader Jake Witmer recommended some books on drug prohibition to reader Hugh Yonn. It was found in Steve Kubby:Regulating Cannabis is Unconstitutional, Unworkable and Racist, and is comment 145. He consented to having his comment start a suggested reading list for 2013. Here is his comment/list:

If you want to totally see and comprehend prohibition from a number of different perspectives, I highly recommend “The New Prohibition” ed. Bill Masters. Several of the book’s Essays are are 100% accurate (John Ross “How Drug Laws Hurt Gunowners,” Doug Casey “The Drug War As The Problem,” “Gangster Cops in the Drug War” Joseph McNamara, “The Social Costs of a Moral Agenda” Fatema Gunja), others less so in my opinion (“Medicalization as an Alternative to the Drug War” Jeffrey A. Singer). Nonetheless, it’s an excellent read, and full of useful statistics and well-reasoned arguments. No rational, aware, and moral person can support prohibition after reading it.

If you want a book that clearly and completely describes the problem of American tyranny, and the mindset that is necessary to combat it, as well as a description of the optimal course of action for a nonpolitical individual, I strongly suggest reading “Send in the Waco Killers” by Vin Suprynowicz.

Because we’re talking about overall strategies against prohibition here, I also recommend the book “Molon Labe” by Boston T. Party (Kenneth Royce). It’s a work of fictional rebellion against the American Police State, but it shows how I & R combined with jury rights activism is a substrategy of a larger, overall strategy against the state. Few other works do this. For those who have a more fatalistic/realistic view of the government’s lawlessness and willingness to use violence, the book “Unintended Consequences” provides another view of a government-agency-provoked violent rebellion against the Unconstitutional States of America. A less-thoroughly libertarian novel of violent rebellion is “Term Limits” by Vince Flynn. All of these books take note of how little the legislatures have respected civilian lawmaking, since such lawmaking indicates two things:
1) The legislature had the power to do this thing we wanted done, but did not do it. The implication is that the legislature is not doing their jobs. The implication of a legislature that doesn’t do its job is that the legislature is too afraid to risk political capital of introducing a law (cowardice). Or, the legislature is too stupid to see the value of a law (stupidity). Or, the legislature knows and sees the value of the proposed law but is loyal to those who oppose the creation of the law (this is either corruption, if it serves money or power, or integrity if it serves the Bill of Rights; but how regularly do the legislators fail to vote for something because it contradicts the Bill of Rights? Statistically, it’s less than 1% of the time, and if you eliminate Rand and Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich’s few votes, it’s virtually never.)
2) The citizenry resents the laws we’ve been making to the extent that it’s going to alter or abolish one of them. (In the case that the initiative alters or abolishes an existing law, and doesn’t solely represent the additional use of governnment force.)

In any case, I think it’s good to regularly let legislatures know that their ongoing efforts to increase institutionalized theft, murder, and market chaos are not appreciated.

I’ll close with an appropriate quote from the inventor of the toilet, Sir John Harington: “Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

Hugh Yonn had just recommended a book he had written himself (comment 97):

All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank

Here is one of its reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars… If David Sedaris had written ‘Catcher in the Rye’..this would be it, June 30, 2012

This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition)

I have never smoked pot in my life…nor do I ever care to.
I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!!
The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author’s first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him…coughing.
All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe…hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that.
If you have ever read any of David Sedaris’ books, and like them…you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank.
And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and the way he staggered through life.
The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.

Mr. Yonn has written a second book on the topic called Welcome to Prison-Enjoy Your Stay .

I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we can all recommend a book or two to our fellow readers. If you have read (or written) a book which might interest the readers here at IPR, please let us know. I’d recommend it have to do with a specific third party, third parties in general, the liberty movement, drug legalization, or the antiwar movement. Those seem to be the topics most readers talk about here.

18 thoughts on “Suggested Reading for IPR Readers In 2013

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I’ll start: I recommend a book edited by Marc Guttman called “Why Peace”. It’s a complilation of individually written essays about war andor peace. Our own Steve Kubby has a chapter in it, as well as Lew Rockwell, Harry Browne, Butler Shaffer, my FB friend Bretigne Shaffer, and Karen Kwiatowski, among others. It’s available on Amazon. I’ve given several as gifts, and always try to have one available to give out.

  2. Andy

    Why Government Doesn’t Work by Harry Browne

    The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve System by G. Edward Griffin

    Adventures In Legal Land by Marc Stevens

    The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

  3. Deran

    It’s unclear to me if this is only for libertarian capitalists, or can any of us make book suggestions? I’m going to go ahead and make some recommendations.

    “Capitalism Hits The Fan” and “Democracy At Work”, both by Richard D. Wolff. Both of which I consider key for socialists who are building a socialist party.

    The first presidential campaign I seriously worked for was Anderson’s 1980 independent campaign. This book is great, if fantastically overpriced. I read it through the library.

    “No Holding Back: The 1980 John B. Anderson Presidential Campaign” by Jim Mason.

    Speaking of Anderson, I can’t wait for Darcy Richardson to write about this and the ’76 Eugene McCarthy campaign.

  4. paulie

    It’s unclear to me if this is only for libertarian capitalists, or can any of us make book suggestions?

    Anyone. But please keep it relevant to alternative parties and independent candidates.

  5. Jeremy C. Young

    Okay, you asked for it! I’m a historian, so the books I recommend will mostly be historical in nature.

    First of all, I assume pretty much everyone here knows about Darcy G. Richardson’s four-volume (and counting!) series on third parties, Others. I haven’t read these books, but I hear they’re quite good.

    The best biography of a third-party politician I know of is Nick Salvatore, Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist, which includes a lot of material on Debs’ various Socialist presidential campaigns. Runner-up would be an oldie but goodie, C. Vann Woodward’s Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel, about the leader of the Populist Party in the South. Honorable mention goes to Nancy C. Unger, Fighting Bob La Follette: Righteous Reformer, about the 1924 Progressive Party presidential nominee.

    Two good books about the Populists are Charles Postel, The Populist Vision, and the classic by Lawrence Goodwyn, Democratic Promise: The Populist Movement in America.

    There are several books about the 1912 election, which featured two credible third-party candidates, one of whom came in second in the field of four. For my money, the best is Lewis L. Gould, Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics. (Disclaimer: I’ve done some work for Gould, but not on this book.) A good book on the 1912 Progressive Party is John Allen Gable, The Bull Moose Years: Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party.

    Finally, if you’re interested in anti-partisan arguments as I am, Ralph Ketcham, Presidents Above Party, is a good introduction.

    There are also good books about the 1960 election, the Prohibition Party, and lots of others, but I’m only recommending books I’ve read and enjoyed.

  6. Deran

    ” the liberty movement, drug legalization, or the antiwar movement.”

    Based on this fairly broad range of topics, and Mr. Yonn’s recommendation of Mills, I thought the Wolff books were as equally on topic. I realize that at present most commenters on IPR are libertarian capitalists, but I am sure there are other other socialists, like me, who read this blog.

    Thank you Jeremy Young; I just added several of the titles you list to my library to-read list. Thank you!

    If anyone knows of any well written and researched books on Eugene McCarthy’s 1976 independent campaign for president I would love to know of them. I was in high school then, but did some rudimentary volunteering here in WA for McCarthy then.

  7. paulie

    I am sure there are other other socialists, like me, who read this blog.

    I hope they comment more often, and maybe even sign up to post stories.

  8. Dale

    William Poundstone’s “Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren’t Fair and What we Can Do About It”.

    Why do third parties always lose? Read the book.

    What might change that? Read the book.

  9. Slam In A Y-Trap

    Peter McWilliams – Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do

    Murray Rothbard – What Government Has Done To Our Money; For A New Liberty

  10. Fred Jabin

    The tipping point–by Malcolm Gladwell

    This isn’t a political book, its a popular sociology book. But, it speaks about how ideas are spread. It seems to me that many in third party movements already know the problems and have good solutions, but we don’t do a very good job spreading those ideas to a larger audience.
    Applying the knowledge of Gladwell’s book might be what we need.

  11. paulie

    Mary Ruwart – Healing Our World

    Harry Browne – Why Government Doesn’t Work, Great Libertarian Offer, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, etc

    Gary Chartier – Conscience of an Anarchist

    more later…

  12. Deran

    The Ralph Nader Reader, 2000, Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.

    An excellent compilation of the last 40+ years of Mr. Nader’s long long history as the most eloquent champion of public interest in the United States and reigning in the corporate oligarchy.

  13. NewFederalist

    I would recommend just about all of John Stossel’s books and Judge Andrew Napolitano’s as well.

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