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1984 Nineteen-Eighty-Four - George Orwell (1948)

No explanation required...

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ASCII Text 1984.TXT - 577K

Animal Farm Animal Farm - George Orwell (1946)

The history of the Russian revolution, told in the style of an Aesop's Fable - with animals representing all the various economic classes.

The story starts with the animals (workers) rising up against farmer Jones (the Czar). The revolution ends in a victory for the animals, but the success is short-lived. The pigs (the communist leaders) begin to grow fond of their new-found powers and pervert all of the original aims of the revolution to fit their power-hungry agendas.

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Don't Tread on Me The Federalist Papers - Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison (1787-1788)
The Federalist Papers are a collection of articles that were published by newspapers in New York from late 1787 through early 1788. Published originally under a pen name, these eighty-five essays were written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison to explain the benefits of the new Constitution to the people.

Zip FEDERAL.ZIP - Windows Help File ( Windows Help ) Zipped - 502k

Don't Tread on Me The Road to Serfdom - Friedrich August Hayek
A warning of "the danger of tyranny that inevitably results from government control of economic decision-making through central planning." The Road to Serfdom has had a significant impact on twentieth century conservative economic and political theology.

PDF Hayek_The_road_to_serfdom.pdf - PDF

Thomas Paine Common Sense - Thomas Paine (1776)
Maintaining "The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind," Paine passionately argued the for independence from Great Britain and the ability of the young country to prosper unfettered by the oppressive and economically draining English.

Web Page COMMON.HTML - 232k

The South Shall Rise Again Constitution of the Confederate States of America - C.S.A. (1861)

The "rebel" constitution was almost entirely taken verbatim from the constitution of the United States. You may find this hard to believe, but the constitution of the C.S.A contained ALL of the rights guaranteed in the original constitution of the U.S.A., plus many "new" rights.

While it is true that one of the rights that were strengthened was a person's so-called "right" to own slaves, this document also contained a lot of other real political reforms - some of which are still being suggested today. This new constitution contained term limits, tighter limits on government spending, and a presidential "line-item veto". The rebels also had a few other ideas on containing the power of the federal government (such as prohibiting "riders" on bills, requiring a "super majority" to create new spending, and prohibiting the federal government from creating "entitlement" programs without first considering the cost) - Ideas which would still serve us well today.

Take a look.

Microsoft Word constitution-csa-xtra.doc - The full document, with notes that show all of differences between the constitutions of the U.S.A. and the C.S.A - 75k

Web Page constitution-csa-xtra.html - (Same a DOC)- 76k

ASCII Text constitution-csa.txt - 36k

Brave New World Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (1932)
Imagine living in a world without mothers and fathers, a place full of faceless human clones. This is the society portrayed in Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel entitled Brave New World. Huxley describes a futuristic society that has an alarming effect of dehumanization. This occurs through the absence of spirituality and family, the obsession with physical pleasure, and the misuse of technology. In this world, each person is raised in a test tube rather than a mother's womb, and the government controls every stage of their development, from embryo to maturity. Each new human is placed into a certain class, such as Alpha, Beta, and so on. The embryos are manipulated chemically to stimulate or to retard their physical and mental growth. By repeating phrases over and over while the children sleep, the government can condition each person to accept his role in the world around him and to behave in what the government deems to be a "safe" manner. This creates a society full of human clones, completely devoid of personality. Every person is conditioned to love three things: Henry Ford, their idol; soma, a wonder drug; and sex.

(Historical Note: George Orwell (Eric Blair) was a student of Huxley's while attending Eton)

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Nazi Mein Kampf - Adolf Hitler (1925, 1928)

What convinced a free, democratic nation to discard its parliamentary government and give up all of its freedoms? Read this book and find out.

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Microsoft Word Unzipped Word Documents:
Volume 1, Chapters 1-6 Wordpad Doc - 456K
Volume 1, Chapters 7-12 Wordpad Doc - 502K
Volume 2, Chapters 1-8 Wordpad Doc - 463K
Volume 2, Chapters 9-15 Wordpad Doc - 563K

Karl Marx The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx (1844)

Karl Marx has stumbled across an amazing truth - the truth that some people have more stuff than others.

How can this be true!?! What can we do about it!?!... Karl has the answer - Allow the state confiscate all that nasty wealth so everybody can finally be equal!

"The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property." - Karl Marx
What a noble concept...NOT! What kind of bozo really believes that putting all political and economic power in the hands a few bureaucrats is going to help the beleaguered proletariat?

Sure, Karl may have been on to something. It is true that today, the top 1% of the population own 40% of the wealth, and the top 20% own 80%. But, how can somebody actually believe that having one super-powerful organization controlling absolutely everything would be better than a million "rich" people controlling half of everything? If the 535 people in congress controlled everything, that would mean 0.000001% of the population would control 100%...Do you call that an improvement?!?!

No matter how much influence the "evil" corporations have in Washington D.C., at least they don't actually write the friggin' laws! At least they have competition! And, if you really think they are too powerful, you have the choice not to enrich them any further simply by not buying any more of their crap!

Sure, it's understandable that somebody might think it's unfair that some evil capitalist like Bill Gates is allowed too own so much wealth, but at least he doesn't get to write the laws, he doesn't get a police force to enforce his laws, and, most importantly, he can't force you to buy his crappy software!

To make matters even worse, Karl makes no qualms about trampling over personal freedoms in order to achieve his economic utopia.
"The abolition of [the present] state of things is called by the bourgeois, abolition of individuality and freedom! And rightly so. The abolition of bourgeois individuality, bourgeois independence, and bourgeois freedom is undoubtedly aimed at." - Karl Marx
Don't even get me started.

With that being said, I now present "The Communist Manifesto". May you find it as intellectually vacant and as laughable as I have.

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Microsoft Word communist.doc - 161K

USSR The Constitution of the U.S.S.R. - (1918, 1936, 1977)

At first glance, it would appear that the citizens of the USSR had more rights than their American counterparts. Stalin's constitution guaranteed the people the right to work, the right to rest and leisure (no overtime), maintenance in old age (Social Security), right to education, economic equality, right to form unions, right to privacy, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press. Unfortunately, the constitution doesn't explain exactly how these freedoms are guaranteed.

For instance, the US Constitution grants freedom of speech with the following paragraph:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The USSR constitution grants in citizens freedom of speech with this passage:
In conformity with the interests of the working people, and in order to strengthen the socialist system, the citizens of the USSR are guaranteed by law:
a. freedom of speech;
b. freedom of the press;
c. freedom of assembly, including the holding of mass meetings;
d. freedom of street processions and demonstrations.
These civil rights are ensured by placing at the disposal of the working people and their organizations printing presses, stocks of paper, public buildings, the streets, communications facilities and other material requisites for the exercise of these rights.

Notice the difference?

Our freedom of speech is guaranteed because our constitution says that congress "shall make no law" that infringes on that freedom. All of our rights are guaranteed in this manner... by explaining what it is exactly that the government can't do. Phrases like "shall make no law", "shall not be violated", and "shall not be infringed" are pretty straightforward and leave little room for interpretation -- Your rights are protected because government is prohibited from passing any laws in these areas.

On the other hand, the "rights" granted to the citizens of the USSR are in fact a list of things that the government must do - The government must give you a job ... the government must give you health care ... the government must give you an education ... and (since the state owns all machinery) the government must give you a printing press for you to practice your freedom speech. But of course, if you aren't working "to strengthen the socialist system", don't hold your breath waiting for your printing press.

So, the next time you hear a politician trying to get into power by promising to protect your the "Right to Work" or your "Right to Health Care", please try to remember what "rights" really are -- protection from the government, not protection by the government.

Constitution of 1918 (First Soviet Constitution)
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Microsoft Word soviet18.doc - 61K
ASCII Text soviet18.txt - 33K

Constitution of 1936 (Stalin's Constitution)
Web Page soviet36.html - 127K
Microsoft Word soviet36.doc - 82K
ASCII Text soviet36.txt - 45K

Constitution of 1977 (Last Soviet Constitution)
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ASCII Text soviet77.txt - 84K

Zip - All Files (Docs and Txt) - 105K

The Prince The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli (Written c. 1505, published 1515)
In "The Prince," Machiavelli offered a monarchical ruler advice designed to keep that ruler in power. He recommended policies that would discourage mass political activism, and channel subjects' energies into private pursuits. Machiavelli wanted to persuade the monarch that he could best preserve his power by the judicious use of violence, by respecting private property and the traditions of his subjects, and by promoting material prosperity. Machiavelli held that political life cannot be governed by a single set of moral or religious absolutes, and that the monarch may sometimes be excused for performing acts of violence and deception that would be ethically indefensible in private life.

Microsoft Word prince.doc - Wordpad Doc - 376K
ASCII Text prince.txt - ASCII Text - 171K


Einstein The Theory of Relativity - Albert Einstein (1916)
Get a grip on reality.

Find out what would happen if you were riding in a train moving the speed of light and decided to walk to the front of the train, and other important matters.

Don't let this book scare you. It is written in plain English - anybody that made it past high school geometry can understand it. It is basically 'Relativity for Dummies'.

WinZip RELATIVE.ZIP - Windows Help Files (Zipped) - 239k

Windows Help File RELATIV.HLP - 260k
Windows Help File SIDELITE.HLP - 68k

Sun Tzu The Art of War - Sun Tzu (circa 400-320 B.C)
The Art of War represents the earliest existing codification of military and political strategy, and is probably the most widely-read work on strategy in history. Sun Tzu's book is still widely studied by the business and military communities today.

The original text plus footnotes by the original translators and other background information on this book:
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American Heritage Library - A vast collection of important writings from American History
The Constitution of the United States - This site includes and indexed guide to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Other Amendments, and even proposed Amendments that were never enacted.  READ IT!
The Constitution of the United States - Another site, which also includes a 13th "lost" amendment.

Other historical Documents :  Documents which helped make the Constitution possible
Magna Carta
Mayflower Compact
Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
Articles of Confederation November 15, 1777
The Federalist Papers
500 U.S. Historical Documents
Constitution Finder - A listing of constitutions for most countries in the world.

Other Political Commentary :
Constitution: Fact or Fiction - The Story of our Nation's Descent from a Constitutional Republic through a Constitutional Dictatorship to an Unconstitutional Dictatorship.
The Missing Thirteenth Amendment  - Argues that the restriction on "Titles of Nobility" in the constitution prohibits lawyers in the Bar Association from holding any public office.
     This site also claims that there is proof of a "13th amendment" which expanded this clause of the constitution, which appeared in many publications of the constitutions in the 1830's, but which is left out of modern printings of the constitution. Plus, this site has some a few other 18th century conspiracy theories
Income Tax is Unconstitutional
The Facts on the Federal Reserve Bank
Why a Federal Reserve Note isn't worth a Dollar. - Proves that the "Federal Reserve Notes" that we presently use for currency is a valuable as Monopoly money.
JFK vs. The Federal Reserve This site explains one of the lesser known 'conspiracy theory' on the JFK assassination... the fact that JFK issues an executive order that DESTROYED the federal reserve 5 months before his assassinated.
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