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New book by Paul delegate

Hi, DP'ers. I have new book that's just been released called Politics on a Human Scale: The American Tradition of Decentralism. I'm a political science professor and an admirer of Ron Paul since he was first elected in 1976. I was a delegate from Iowa at the national convention in Tampa a year ago and I cast one of the 190 votes he received during the roll call.

My book is an academic book, but it's accessible to a wider audience. I'd like for it to break out of the confines of the "academic ghetto." PHS is a book about political decentralization in the United States, including agrarianism, states’ rights, the abandonment of the decentralist impulse by the national leadership of the Democratic and Republican parties, and the dissident tradition on the contemporary political scene. Covering the subject with breadth and depth—from the founding of the republic to the present—the book will be of value to those interested in political science, history, and American culture.

If you're interested, the book promo site is here: http://politicshumanscale.blogspot.com/ . Thanks!

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Interview with Tom Woods

Here's a link to the interview with Tom Woods about the book.


I look forward to including it in my library Bryan96.

Thank you

entropypressStAt. I appreciate it!

Without having read the book

just looking at your title and your saying you were a Ron Paul delegate, I first think, "Restore the Republic", Ron Paul's campaign motto in 2012, did not make me think "Decentralize American Politics", though I have feared that I was merely a cog in that wheel, as I notice today's activists don't know Robert's Rules of Order, or how government operates.. chairs are going the way of "directors", and Americans are further away from the ability to change government than ever.

Even wiki attributes decentralization with UN Agenda.

The UN isn't about decentralization

The UN is the opposite of decentralized politics. It was created as a tool of empires and as a stepping stone to world government.

Restoration of the republic--as opposed to centralized control from above in DC--partly hinges on the Tenth Amendment, which is a recurrent theme in the book. The Constitution was a move away from the decentralized Articles of Confederation but its federalism was a far cry from the lopsided system we have today. I would like to see a restoration of state and local decision-making as much as possible.


you should change the info on wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decentralization
According to a 1999 United Nations Development Programme report:

"A large number of developing and transitional countries have embarked on some form of decentralization programmes. This trend is coupled with a growing interest in the role of civil society and the private sector as partners to governments in seeking new ways of service delivery...Decentralization of governance and the strengthening of local governing capacity is in part also a function of broader societal trends. These include, for example, the growing distrust of government generally, the spectacular demise of some of the most centralized regimes in the world (especially the Soviet Union) and the emerging separatist demands that seem to routinely pop up in one or another part of the world. The movement toward local accountability and greater control over one's destiny is, however, not solely the result of the negative attitude towards central government. Rather, these developments, as we have already noted, are principally being driven by a strong desire for greater participation of citizens and private sector organizations in governance.”[29]

UN misunderstanding

That's just a factual report. It has nothing to do with the philosophy of the UN.

philosophy of the UN?

The UN celebrates Philosophy Day Nov 15th, but there is no "philosophy" of the UN.

They have a motto, "Building peace in the minds of men and women" http://en.unesco.org/

It is the UN agenda that gives us decentralization programs

Decentralization Presentation
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2000: Decentralization as one of the pillars of UNESCO's reform: a mean to ensure that UNESCO designs and implements programmes that, although global in ...




I'm not sure what you're talking about and I don't think you understand me. We'll have to leave it at that.

People who believe in the Tenth Amendment, limited government, and wide dispersion of power (instead of concentrated power in the hands of the distant few) will be interested in the book. I hope they'll give the website a look. Thanks.

Congratulations on the new book!

Love the title and the cover-art is amazing. After reading the Foreward and Preface I was hooked. I've been looking for a new liberty-minded academic book that a wider audience can relate and shares ideas and common ground with my "far-left" friends. This looks quite promising.

Just purchased my copy - going fast only 1 left in stock at Amazon.

Common ground

Finding common ground is my goal. You've discerned my intent exactly. Thanks!

preferred sales channel

Hi... thanks for your efforts. the convention was both one of the most repugnant events i've seen in my lifetime (GOP establishment tactics/suppression) and one of the most moving (the culmination of the work of so many delegates who would not be deterred). quick question for you: is there a preferred method for us to purchase the book? i didn't see a link at the promo site. thanks.

Unlearning and self-teaching since 2008. Thanks, Dr. Paul!

Preferred method

Unfortunately, the book—even in paperback—is expensive. I’d like to use the cliché “You get what you pay for,” but we all know good books that are cheap. Trade paperbacks are like that but academic presses often charge a lot. This is a big book, though, so you do get a lot for your money.

If you prefer Amazon and the book happens to be currently out of stock, it should be available again within a week or two (not the “1-3 months” that sometimes get listed). Or you can try some other online vendor or order directly from the publisher (use promo code LEX20AUTH13 when you checkout for a 20% discount through Lexington). If you don’t have $50 to spend but you’re interested, you can borrow it from your local library through interlibrary loan. Also, the ebook version is less than the paperback.

A few questions...

1. Am I in it?

2. Are there pictures?

3. Is it free?

j/k, I will give it a look see :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

A few answers...

1. No (although it depends on who you are)

2. No

3. No


I'll check it out

I'll check it out

Southern Agrarian

Southern Agrarian

The book has a chapter on each part of your name--chapter 2 on agrarianism and chapter 5 on Southern Democrats. Thanks!