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Weekly Standard: Rand Paul's "revealing" reading list

A Revealing Reading List
Rand Paul’s book recommendations.

JUL 21, 2014

Rand Paul is a man of conviction. His reputation for acting on principle is the foundation on which he has begun to build the infrastructure of a presidential campaign. It is very difficult, however, for a man of conviction to adjust his image without compromising his reputation for integrity.

In the realm of foreign policy, Senator Paul faces the challenge of dispelling perceptions that he shares the isolationist tendencies of his father, former congressman Ron Paul of Texas. He wants to convince conservative voters that he has been mislabeled and misunderstood. His approach to foreign affairs has not changed, yet Senator Paul now presents his views as applications of Ronald Reagan’s firm but cautious approach to national security.

The Achilles’ heel of this rebranding effort has been Paul’s own candor. When speaking off the cuff, he has made observations that seem to reflect the worldview of President Reagan’s left-wing and isolationist critics. In that vein, Paul suggested that the United States provoked Japan before Pearl Harbor and that Dick Cheney supported the invasion of Iraq in order to make a profit for his former employer Halliburton.

Now there is the strange case of Paul’s reading list for students, which can be found on his official Senate website. The foreign policy section of the list consists entirely of works that blame the United States for the rise of Islamic extremism while offering solutions that verge on isolationism. Most of the books also express a sharp hostility toward Israel and toward those who believe that U.S. foreign policy should serve the cause of human freedom. Reagan, to put it mildly, was a friend of Israel and advocate of freedom.


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Home of the Chicken Hawks

The weekly standard is clearly the home of the chicken hawks and military corporate welfare.

They happily goad the country into sending our youth to commit immoral acts of aggression, many losing their lives, limbs or their sanity - for what?

For the ego of the cowards and the enrichment of the war barons.

I've been predicting for a long time

That right wing radio hosts and news anchors are going to turn on Rand the second that primaries begin. My boss listens to Mark Levin during the day and I have had to listen to his opinion slowly slither away from Rand. It started at always including Rand's name when calling out the good guys in the legislature, then just occasionally mentioning him when talking about specific projects that he was working on with other senate republicans, never mentioning him, now insulting and making ridiculous accusations about his foreign policy.

This Weekly Standard piece is one of the biggest hack jobs that I've ever read. The author clearly has no conceptual understanding of books like The Road to Serfdom even though he claims to appreciate them. Not one time does he attempt to disprove the Paul position. He just rams the word isolationist down the throat of his learnedly challenged readership.

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Notice how they disable comments for the article most certainly because they know it will get holes blown in it like swiss cheese.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

"A Foreign Policy of Freedom" by Ron Paul

download it for free here.

No surprise coming from the ROTTED Weekly Standard.

It's run by a bunch of insane Neo-Con War-mongers of the highest order.

They've been bashing Ron Paul since way back.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

So they will invoke Reagan

to sell foreign intervention.

Truth is treason in the empire of lies...

Paul suggested that the United States provoked Japan before Pearl Harbor and that Dick Cheney supported the invasion of Iraq in order to make a profit for his former employer Halliburton

What is untrue about the above?
Certainly we did provoke Japan - that's what sanctions and blockades do.
The second point about Cheney speaks to intent which can be hard to prove, but certainly the outcome is true... Money --> Halliburton

Isn't the weekly standard

Isn't the weekly standard just some Neo-con rag?

My eyes glaze over the second they call Ron Paul's foreign policy "isolationism".


NeoCon = Pro War, Israel Firsters

Here is the actual reading

Here is the actual reading list:


Reading Suggestions

Below is a short list of suggested titles for a student, or anyone else interested in learning more about freedom and the role of government in a free society.

The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich A. Hayek

The Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater

Human Action, Ludwig von Mises

Conceiveed in Liberty, Murray N. Rothbard

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

The Revolution: A Manifesto, Ron Paul

End the Fed, Ron Paul

A Foreign Policy of Freedom, Ron Paul

Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, Thomas E. Woods Jr.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal, Robert P. Murphy

Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure, Glenn Beck

Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt

The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, Andrew J. Bacevich

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, Chalmers Johnson

Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror, Michael Scheuer

Where the Right Went Wrong How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency, Patrick J. Buchanan

Silent Night: The Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914, Stanley Weintraub


Wow! Conceived in Liberty

Has anyone here read through the whole book? It's gargantuan! If Rand has read the entire book, my (already positive) opinion of him just took a giant leap.

(Although reading the entire text of Human Action is also no joke!)

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry

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cool would it be to tell the world to read your fathers book, END THE FED!! Both of these guys are totally flippin the world upside down backwards and sideways.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

Would have been happier to see

"For a new liberty" on the list. That or "Healing our world in an age of aggression"


Looks like a solid list to me

Looks like a solid list to me

Aye!Buchanan, and Ron Paul,


Buchanan, and Ron Paul, the last two great candidates labeled 'isolationists' I love it! And Barry Goldwater, and Tom Woods and so on.


That list is a very strong Conservative/Libertarian list.

The fact that Rothbard is on the list at all is, to use Tom Woods analogy, "Putting a Crucifix in front of Dracula".

I would swap Glenn Beck for "Hamilton's Curse"(Dilorenzo) and/or "Wall Street, Banks, and Foreign Policy"(Rothbard) , but beggars cannot be choosers.

Glen Beck?

I haven't read that book. Now I'm interested. Anyone know what it was about?

I know that Glenn hires ghost

I know that Glenn hires ghost writers, but I don't know anything about that particular book.

Wouldn't be surprised.

It doesn't seem fair to hire others to do your writing. And the books they write are generally dull and lack character. Every political character has a couple though. Must be a status thing.

This is one of the happiest

This is one of the happiest things I've read about Rand Paul in a while. Makes me actually wanna vote for him. Thanks Weekly Standard.

Their propaganda backfires with us

doesn't it? Sometimes I wonder if the writers are secretly on our side.

LIkewise, for sure

Excellent reading list. Chalmers Johnson's book Blowback, prepared me for Ron Paul's message. Had I not read it in the spring of 2007, I too might have passed Dr. Ron Paul off in the Presidential debates. Andrew Bacevich tells us about the military industrial complex from his consummate insider's perspective. A former career Army officer (whose son followed in his footsteps and was killed in Iraq), Bacevich has the guts to speak truth to power.
Leave it to The Weekly Standard, mouthpiece of the Neo-Cons, to explain why the Neo-cons will join the Hillary Clinton if Rand is our candidate.
Oh, and I forgot to mention Rand's selection of Where the Right Went Wrong, a must read.

Dr. Mike Vasovski
South Carolina Campaign Chairman, Ron Paul 2012
The SINGLE vote in the SC delegation for RP, GOP Convention, Tampa, FL
2010 Candidate, US Congress SC-03
Past Chairman, Aiken, SC County Tea Party

I have this mental image of

I have this mental image of Hillary and Bill Kristol standing next to one another, both holding their noses, but I wonder if Hillary's polls would tell her to welcome right wing neocon support or resist it.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Strange bedfellows indeed

I'd like to see both Hillary and Kristol's recommended books. I wonder how far down either list you would find, "Rules for Radicals", eh?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

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Here's your equation Amerika, in case you haven't paid attention

Here's your equation Amerika, in case you haven't paid attention :

"neocons" = "liberals" = "progressives" = ...

... = ALL freaking socialists.


I can't wait to see them wolves eat themselves.

What a relief it will be for the rest of us and our lot!

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Are you saying they all like to siphon money through themselves

in the name of you and me?

Do I have to join a union for this cherry gig?

9-11 was a panda job.

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I am just saying that I'm going to bed now

I am just saying that I'm going to bed now,

and yes, if I wasn't the cool and patient guy that I am, I'd have probably punched in the face every single of the thousands of them I have had to come across in my life - with this one liner, exclusively:

"Give me a fvcking break."

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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Mr. David Adesnik would probably have a seizure

Mr. David Adesnik would probably have a seizure if he were to see my reading list.

I wonder, though. Would anybody (besides him) give a crap?

Aw. Poor he, a wanna-be Thought Police Officer, I'm guessing?

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius


that the neocons still believe that they can sell their disastrous foreign policy after the massive failures we have seen.

It feels like to me, that people in general, regardless of party, are fed up with interventions.

And the next false flag will get much more scrutiny.

I think Rand's foreign policy views will set pretty well with the base of both political parties.

Reagan sure got a lot of democrat votes and he was pro life.

I really believe that the neocons are out of touch...guess we will all find out in 2016.