Review of “Real Dissent” by Thomas E. Woods Jr.

Real Dissent by Tom Woods

Tom Woods’ book Real Dissent draws a sharp distinction between authentic and insignificant political discourse. His central thesis in the book is that the opinion-molders in the media have narrowly defined the “legitimate” debate in this country to being between the positions held by the popular Republican and Democratic candidates. Those who suggest radical change or question fundamentals in the functioning of the system are mocked and ridiculed for being outside the acceptable range of opinion. These are those that dare say something that’s not on the 3×5 card of allowable opinion, the metaphor Woods uses to describe the perceived … Continue reading

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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The phrase “If I see farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” was Isaac Newton’s way of stating that his great success in mathematics and physics was based on a foundation laid by those who came before him. We must take this same stance on questions of liberty today and view them through a lens of the original intent of the founders, while at the same time understanding that the world has changed dramatically since the founding documents were written. The founders could not possibly have envisioned instantaneous sharing of information and the huge technological revolution that … Continue reading