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MUST READ: A Return to Common Sense - Thomas Mullen

When I first encountered the ideas of Dr. Paul last summer, I struggled to find a main source that described his beliefs in detail. In order to gather information about Dr. Paul, I scavenged youtube, articles across the web, and posts here at the Daily Paul to put the pieces together about what liberty is all about. Even though I have learned an immense amount, what was missing was a way to consolidate the information in an understandable format.

Then came Thomas Mullen's book, "A Return to Common Sense" to the rescue! I finished the book in 2 short days as it was impossible to put down. Mullen describes the intent of the founding fathers for America and juxtaposes modern times and issues beautifully against that background, exposing the shocking contrast.

The author makes it much easier to understand the concepts of property rights, the Non-Agression Principle, non-rights and basic economics by incorporating our libertarian heroes in a masterful way. Bastiat, Jefferson, Locke and Paine all play prominent roles in Mullen'ts book to help describe the liberty philosophy.

I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to get their feet on the ground in discovering the liberty movement and who wants to use it as a launching point for reading of deeper, more philosophical works from authors such as Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, as well as those listed above.

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Read this book!

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin". -Samuel Adams (1780)

You and I are those experienced patriots. Especially in the past 100 years, our individual liberties have been eroded right before our eyes. Sometimes we lose them unknowingly, and sometimes by choice. But we are no longer as free as our Founders had intended for us when they wrote the document by which our nation is supposed to be ruled, The Constitution. Before 1913, there was no income tax, no Federal Reserve (central bank) to manipulate our currency, and no entitlement state of FDR's "New Deal" or LBJ's "Great Society". In this era of the first Progressives, we began to drift from the restraints that the Constitution put on our government, and began down the road towards socialism. American government was no longer about protecting the freedoms of the individual, but about manipulating government policy for the benefit of the collective. The lyrics to the "Star Spangled Banner" need to be changed to "o'er the land of the slave", because we have truly become slaves to our government. Please don't misunderstand, I'm not preaching anarchy (no government at all), but I would like to see our government returned to its limited role as established by the Constitution.

Nowhere have I seen this better articulated than in the book, "A Return to Common Sense" by Thomas Mullen. Buy it online, pick it up at a book store, or check it out from the library, but by all means, please read this book. It will in many ways surprise you, it may even anger you, and it will certainly make you think twice about the role of government in our lives.

The book is relatively short, just over 200 pages. I found it hard to put down. There were times when I found it difficult to grasp a point when the words of our Founders or those philosophers they studied were cited. But when that happened, the author came through in the following paragraph with an explanation in modern day terms. Whatever your political persuasion, Republican or Democrat (not much difference, really), conservative or liberal, you will come away with a better understanding of why things are the way they are today.

Nice review

Tom Mullen lays it out so well. The book would be a great textbook for a class called Intro to Liberty!

2 Chron 7:13-14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Tom Mullen

Tom Mullen is fantastic. Looking forward to reading his new book.

What's next?

Do you know what he is writing?

2 Chron 7:13-14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I picked up "Free to Choose" next

By Milton Friedman - also life-changing

2 Chron 7:13-14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Has anyone else read this?

This book is a must for new Ron Paul supporters

2 Chron 7:13-14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

God help us !

I think money bombs are helpful however they will never on their own bring us to victory!

We need something like money bombs yet directing our attention to prayer and adoration to our God!

Only by our humility in our grateful service to our fellow man for our devotion to God Almighty,can we ever expect to rid this land of the curse that now befalls it !

I give whatever I can when we have money bombs and in the same breath would love to have spiritual pledges contracted on a daily basis geared to doing service to others in joyful command of the Almighty.

Thru my shortcomings it becomes so easy to forget where the real power lies. If enough of us were so dedicated thru Spiritual Pledges it would help to remind us of where our true love of freedom and democracy stems from!

You're right! This is the way to defeat the NWO

If our nation would turn to God, the New World Order would disappear tomorrow

2 Chron 7:13-14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I second this thought

Nothing in this world can be done without Gods approval. If he sees a nation dedicated to serving others for no other reason than to do His will then that Nation will be deemed sacrosanct. It is quite simple to test. Think of some disagreement you hold close to your chest with
your spouse. Then think of the best arguements or plans you can devise
to change her attitude - when you have spent 2 or 3 weeks of months in
futile attempts at altering her position then leave it up to God and spend your time for 2 weeks or 2 months doing Gods will. Serving others treating them with compassion and love With no sliver of intention of changing her opinion. In a short time I am sure your
wife position will become surprisingly different in your eyes. God does miracles for those that really love Him.

Who's?

Yours?

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Not mine, just the creator of the universe

Just Him

2 Chron 7:13-14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Or HER

or whichever god is on-call at the time of our need. :)

True believers

I love many who are just as dedicated to liberty and do not attest to be a believer inGod?

However for me there is no other way than thru our Almighty, The beauty about Liberty is that these two factions can come together and harmonize ! This is what Dr Paul emphasizes and it is so true!

Liberty lovers are true believers in the joy and excitement coming from our adherence to the principals of liberty justice and freedom for all ; regardless of race color or creed!