Introduction to page by page summary ebook of The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul

In a eulogy delivered by Abraham Lincoln for Henry Clay, Lincoln described Henry Clay as his “beau ideal of a statesman.” That is exactly how I feel about Ron Paul. There are very few public figures who always stand up for peace, civil liberties, a free market, property rights, and a limited government. As far as I can tell, he is the only politician who consistently stands up for such things. These are the positions that I’ve always associated with truly dignified leaders. I had come to assume that such leaders didn’t actually exist.

Interestingly, even ironically, I was working for the Department of Defense when I first heard of Ron Paul. Both of my parents were political junkies and the 2008 election was the first election I decided to pay real attention to. The first debate I watched was the first Democratic primary debate. I preferred the two most fringe candidates in the Democratic primary debate: Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel. They were the only candidates that appeared to have true passion and were genuinely trying to communicate something meaningful. However, they were so dreadful on economic policy that I just couldn’t support them in good conscience.

A week or so later, I watched the Republican debate and heard Ron Paul speak for the first time. Ron once said in an interview that he had been a libertarian his whole life but just didn’t know it until he started reading libertarian philosophy. That perfectly describes how I felt. Here was a man speaking what I’d always known to be true but had never heard said is such emphatic terms. War is bad. The U.S. government has no right to invade countries that aren’t threatening the U.S.. People who make money serving others through the free market deserve to keep their money. The government doesn’t have the right to spy on us and harass us. Those who live off of other people’s taxes act immorally. Of course, there was also some new stuff that I’d never heard of before. Most importantly, I learned about the damage that the Federal Reserve does to the economy by printing money and manipulating interest rates. Ron mentioned the Austrian Theory of the Business Cycle. All of this in just on debate!

I was hooked. I made sure to watch every single debate. What stood out to me above all was Ron Paul’s sincerity. There was always an important moral component to his arguments. The other candidates in the Republican primary were so unimpressive that I hardly even remember who else ran. I know John McCain was one of them because he got the Republican nomination. All of the other candidates were entirely forgettable. They appeared to just be saying what they were supposed to say, not what they really felt. During these debates, Ron Paul completely won me over to his view of the world and what liberty means.

When I found out that Ron Paul would be writing a new book, I pre-ordered it months in advance. In the meantime I googled his name every day and followed the links that came up. This was the beginning of my education on liberty. There existed an entire tradition of thought that I never knew about. Thanks to Ron I have been turned on to hundreds of writers who have taught me what liberty is and what it means to be free. By studying liberty and adhering to the lessons learned I have become a better person.

After months of waiting, Ron’s book arrived and I read three times in a row back to back. I then insisted that my family read it. Most have become at least limited Ron Paul converts. It is easy to make conversions when you hold the truth in your hands. I’ve read the book a couple of times since then. Hands down, The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul is my favorite book of all time. It is clear, easy to read, and inspiring on every single page. It would be an error, however, to mistake its simplicity for a lack of profundity. In fact, it is the trait of a truly great teacher that he takes things that are very profound and makes them seem easy. Ron Paul is just such a teacher. This book will teach you about the Constitution, the economy, the rights of a free people, the nature and importance of money, and so much more. Thanks to Ron Paul, I have since quit my government job (you should too) and now work in the private sector. Never again will I live off of the sweat of another persons brow (neither should you).

My purpose in writing a page by page summary of this book is twofold. First, I’ve never written anything before and I figured that this would be a good way to get my feet wet. Second, my goal is to provide the student of liberty with notes by which to remember the important lessons contained in the pages he or she will read. Sometimes a reader wants to have a reference easy at hand without having to dig back through the book. Of course, reading this ebook is no substitute for reading the real book in its brilliant entirety.

If you are a student of liberty and the passion for freedom burns in your heart, I salute you. We are brothers. I hope this ebook helps you in your studies.

Adam Pearson

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