Monthly Archives: October 2013


The Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers

FederalistPapersSuggested by Brad Nelson • Who has history shown to be right? Go back back to the time when the adoption of the Constitution was the raging issue of the day. But the issue was, without a doubt, freedom. Ironically, the quibbles between the two factions pale in comparison to the assaults on liberty by today’s Left.
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The Housing Boom and Bust

HousingBoomBustSuggested by Brad Nelson • The real story of the financial meltdown is fairly straightforward. Find out what that story is, and it’s not Wall Street’s fault and it’s not the free market’s fault either. The benefit of this book is that you’ll recognize how government constantly blames capitalism for all its own faults…and mostly gets away with it.
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Ever Wonder Why?

EverWonderWhySuggested by Brad Nelson • A marvelous collection of essays by Thomas Sowell. See also Barbarians Inside the Gate, Is Reality Optional (I really love this collection) and Controversial Essays. Each is an instant education. All together they are a PhD.
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The Quest for Cosmic Justice

QuestCosmicJusticeSuggested by Brad Nelson • Thomas Sowell shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting inequality, and how the tyranny of social visions prevents many people from confronting the actual consequences of their own beliefs and policies.
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The Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s New World

MayflowerThumbSuggested by Brad Nelson • I wish all history books were this easy to read and this informative. It seems to enjoy a great balance as well. It’s not axe-grinding nor does it sugar-coat. It’s what we used to call in my day “fact-based history.” I very highly recommend this book.
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1607: A New Look at Jamestown

NewLookJamestownSuggested by Brad Nelson1607: A New Look at Jamestown is the last word on America’s first colony. With expert appraisal of new archaeological evidence, this National Geographic title stands alone for timely authority and visual appeal. A concise and wonderful read.
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The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America

GrandJihadSuggested by Brad Nelson • Andy McCarthy, one of the premier  conservative thinkers, outlines the dire threat of the sophisticated forces of Islamism, which have collaborated with the American Left  to undermine U.S. national security and shred the fabric of American constitutional democracy—freedom and individual liberty.
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Philosophy: Who Needs It

PhilosophyWhoNeedsItSuggested by Brad Nelson • This is a truly excellent collection of essays. There are a few clunkers. Rand’s views on religion and self-esteem were naive, at best. But this book is well worth a read for the many other extraordinary essays. A must-read for all conservatives.
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The Return of the Prodigal Son

ProdigalSonThumbSuggested by Brad Nelson • Henri Nouwen’s meditations on Rembrandt’s famous painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son. The author evokes powerful themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation that will strike a chord in all who have known loneliness, dejection, or jealousy.
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The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism

SpiritCapitalismSuggested by Brad Nelson • Michael Novak, a former socialist, embraces and explains the virtues of freedom and free markets over that of state control and central planning. Novak rejects the pseudo-Christian notion that “any serious Christian must be a socialist.”
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The Faux Virtue of Tolerance

CoexistThumbby Glenn Fairman  10/31/13
Our age’s faux virtue is tolerance: but it is a tolerance that has degenerated from its original application relating to religious matters of conscience and morality. More » • (1816 views)

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There are Lies, Damned Lies and Democrats

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke  10/31/13
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer certainly is a creative man. Asked about Barack Obama’s promise that everyone would be able to keep his health coverage if he liked it and the recent revelation that the Democrats knew all along that millions of Americans would lose their health plans under ObamaCare, he had an answer. More » • (816 views)

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