Intellectual Ammo

Progressivism is a Cancer
Americanism is the Answer!

Fight the Progressive Scourge! 

This is a resource center for patriotic conservatives looking for ammo to combat liberalism. Check out the links below for the best information on the web!  These are not sensational news sites--they are think tanks and serious sources of political philosophy and first principles.

Scroll on down and start squeezing the trigger!

Think Tanks

Statistics, Charts and Data!  The Federal Budget, Debt, GDP, etc.

These are the top-tier sources of authoritative, official data and statistics.  If you're going to argue with people about government spending, debt, taxes, GDP, etc, this is where you go to get your ammo.  The first one could be discredited because Christopher Chantrill is a Tea Partier, but I include his site because his customizable charts and data breakdowns are brilliant, and he always sources his data back to official US Government data. 
These sites are useful for helping you understand the federal budget and economic statistics, but are of limited in arguing with progressives, since the left will not consider these sources official or authoritative.
2nd Amendment
Economics and Free Markets

 Scholarly Articles
Quotations & Literature

Other Useful References

Left Links
I firmly believe that you've got to understand your intellectual opponent's point of view. Here are some links to sites featuring the best of liberal thought


Dr Thomas Sowell dismantles liberalism

Interview - Why Dr Sowell Thinks America is in Decline

Why Classical Liberalism is a good thing!

Prophets and Losses

The Trickle Down Lie









Reagan vs. Krugman (It's no contest)

Krugman's Twinkie Defense - Micky Kaus destroys the myth of "Let's go back to the 1950's!"
Lies of the Reagan Tax Increases
Reagan v. Obama
Peter Ferrera - Timeless Principles of American Prosperity
Free Markets v. Statism
Reagan:  A Criticism and a Defense
Hell hath no fury like a Liberal scorned by Reaganomics
Paul Krugman is an Intellectually Dishonest Crapweasel
Krugman's Voodoo Statistics
Deconstructing Krugman - Francis Cianfrocca
Paul Whitfield - With Reagan Rowing, America Rod a Capital Wave
Krugman's Many Errors - Great breakdown of Keynesian Failures
The Progressive Age - My Humble Defense of Reagan, and a slam on Progressivism
Krugman's Cheating with Graphs - William M. Brigs Explains
Reaganomics vs Obamanomics - Fallacies Offered by the Left
Reaganomics vs Obamanomics - Facts and Figures
Other Articles Worth Saving Forever
Recovering the Case for Capitalism - Yuval Levin Explains Adam Smith

Ronald Reagan, Champion Budget Cutter

Other Useful Links
Military Keynesianism


Quotations & Truisms



Cultivate your garden. Do not depend upon teachers to educate you... follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony.
-- Will Durant

“Socialism — defined as a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production — was the tragic failure of the 20th century. Born of a commitment to remedy the economic and moral defects of capitalism, it has far surpassed capitalism in both economic malfunction and economic cruelty.” -- Robert Heilbroner

"It is good that new ideas should be heard, for the sake of the few that can be used; but it is also good that new ideas should be compelled to go through the mill of objection, opposition, and contumely; this is the trial heat which innovations must survive before being allowed to enter the human race."
-- Will Durant

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
-C.S. Lewis

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
-H.L. Mencken

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
-Tacitus

When the same man, or set of men, holds the sword and the purse, there is an end of liberty.
-George Mason

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
-Thomas Jefferson

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
-Plato

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
-Thomas Sowell

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
-- Winston Churchill

"Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for those are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history."
-- Will Durant

Insincerity is the lubricant of social intercourse
-- Fausto Natal, Lt Col, US Army

There is no such thing as a free lunch
-- Milton Friedman

"The worst psychological state is a superiority complex coupled with an inferior status."
--Jagdish Bhagwati, economist

If you don't want to get into a war where things go wrong, where the wrong people sometimes get killed, where innocent people sometimes have to die, then stay the hell out of it in the first place.
-- Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal, from Lone Survivor, p. 313

In social life, the more fundamental a truth is, the more likely is is to have been discovered long ago--and to have been repeated in a thousand ways to the point of utter boredom. In this context, to make excitement and novelty the touchstones of an idea is to run grave risks of abandoning the truth for ideological trinkets.
-- Thomas Sowell (Quest for Cosmic Justice, 1999. Almost 10 years before "Hope and Change!")

Could slavery have been ended by the civil war if television cameras had shown daily scenes of the horrors of Sherman's march through Georgia or the appalling sufferings of civilians in besieged Vicksburg?
-- Thomas Sowell

Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid
--G. K. Chesterton

The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”
-- Ronald Reagan

Society is a thin veneer

Man is the most dangerous of all animals

It is seems to good to be true, it probably is

Swim at your own risk

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace in a continual state of alarm (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing them with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken's

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this concentrated list of great resources, and for showing the wisdom and humility to admit that at least one liberal could be "wicked smart."

I hope you don't mind if I copy this, paste it into Word and keep it on my desktop to share in part with friends and foes alike when occasion demands?

If you guys have actually read all this stuff, you are way way way ahead of most of us. Apparently, what many of us simply "know" by instinct, insight and personal conviction is catalogued, supported and proven by many who took the trouble to study history in depth and do the heavy lifting on their own by consulting primary sources.

I have always found it compelling when many different individuals from different times, different backgrounds and different places reach similar conclusions. But then there are so many who have come down on the wrong side of history by embracing totalitarianism in any of its many forms, so consensus, even among a large number of disparate individuals, cannot be said to constitute proof of anything other than the infinite capacity human beings have to disagree.

Thanks again for taking the time to put all this together.

~ FreeThinke

Anonymous said...

I saw the CFR listed among your list of mostly conservative, libertarian or non-partisan think tanks as a source of "good information on foreign policy."

Perhaps so, but I have been persuaded to regard the CFR as an enemy of liberty, because it seeks to undermine US sovereignty to fulfill its ambition to establish One World Government.


WARNINGS AGAINST the COUNCIL on FOREIGN RELATIONS


Curtis Dall,  FDR's Son-in-law, on the CFR:




"For a long time I felt that FDR had developed many thoughts and ideas that were his own to benefit this country, the United States. But, he didn't. Most of his thoughts, his political ammunition, as it were, were carefully manufactured for him in advanced by the Council on Foreign Relations-One World Money group. Brilliantly, with great gusto, like a fine piece of artillery, he exploded that prepared "ammunition" in the middle of an unsuspecting target, the American people, and thus paid off and returned his internationalist political support.
 

 


- Curtis Dall, FDR's son-in-law as quoted in his book, "My Exploited Father-in-Law"



Harpers Magazine on Council on Foreign Rrelations:
 
"The most powerful clique in these (CFR) groups have one objective in common: they want to bring about the surrender of the sovereignty and the national independence of the U.S. They want to end national boundaries and racial and ethnic loyalties supposedly to increase business and ensure world peace. What they strive for would inevitably lead to dictatorship and loss of freedoms by the people. The CFR was founded for "the purpose of promoting disarmament and submergence of U.S. sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government."
 


- Harpers, July l958

Does these quotations "prove" anything about the CFR? No, but a gathering cloud of such "smoke" as this proves there must be a fire in there somewhere.

~ FreeThinke

Silverfiddle said...

I agree with you on the CFR. I put this together years ago and haven't done any weed and see since.

The CFR seems to be into community organizing on a global scale.

Anonymous said...

You've done a wonderful job digging this stuff out, and putting it all together, SilverFiddle. I wasn't trying to be critical, just pointing out that the lessons we might learn from CFR based material are apt to be more negative than positive -- how NOT to act, and what NOT to do in other words.

Since so many very smart people -- including, apparently, your own close associate Finntann -- want to dismiss anything that indicates the CFR, the Bilderbergers, Skull & Bones, the "illuminati," et al. might have assumed too much control over world affairs and are working zealously to undermine national sovereignties and establish One World Government, as "crack-brained fantasy" I wish you'd do a series of articles featuring Progressives' involvement in the movement to form One World Government, and encourage us to debate it respectfully and without prejudice, if possible.

Also, I wanted to ask you why the one aspersion cast at the Tea Party? I'd love to understand your objections to the Tea Party. I haven't joined, but it seems like a good thing to me -- or it did until Sarah Palin decided to make a public show of leading the Tea Party. I liked Sarah at first, but she wears very thin after a while. Too shrill, frankly.

Regards,

~ FreeThinke

Silverfiddle said...

Mentioning that Christopher Chantrill is a tea partier is not an aspersion, but a caution to those who would use his excellent site to argue with liberal statists.

His site is straight up, but the loony left use little bits of info like that to discredit the information by claiming the source is biased.

Anonymous said...

GOTCHA! Thanks for the clarification, SilverFiddle.

Of course anyone and everyone who has a particular viewpoint could be said to be "biased." I know I certainly am biased against, Marxist, Statist, Progressive, Liberal tyranny, but I like to think I am biased in favor of Truth, Liberty, Decency, Kindness and good old-fashioned Common Sense.

It might be a worthwhile exercise to examine the roots of Marxist-Progressive thinking, and see if there ever was any real need or possible justification for this, and were there ever any good intentions or merit to their arguments?

The opposing factions can shout and rants and call each other names from here to eternity, but not much good could come from the battle without presenting cogent arguments based on evidence.

Thaks gain.

~ FreeThinke

Roadbrains said...

Thanks for organizing this incredible assortment of Intellectual Ammunition. Allow me to add the following ten book recommendations, and the reasons I chose them:

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

Mill’s classis work can help answer any questions or objections you may encounter as you strive to bring about true freedom in the years to come. Even more importantly, Mill’s remarkable book brings all the facets of liberty into full focus, thus giving you the intellectual certainty and ammunition needed to win this battle.

Free Market Revolution by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins

We face an intellectual battle today, which we can’t afford to lose. This book will help ensure our victory.

The Crisis by Thomas Paine

“These are the times that try men’s souls….Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” Paine’s words, written during the American Revolution, can help inspire us today in the fight to regain lost freedom.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

It’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating: reading Atlas Shrugged will change your life. Ayn Rand’s great novel challenges your every premise. Are there absolutes, or is everything relative? Is reason an effective tool of survival? Do you have a right to live your life as you want? What is the true nature of a mixed economy? What’s the proper role of government?

By the end of this book you will know and relish the supreme power of moral ideas. Ayn Rand has written one of the great books of modern times. If you value freedom, and still haven’t read Atlas Shrugged, do yourself a huge favor—buy a copy now and get ready for the intellectual adventure of a lifetime.

1984 by George Orwell

What if every action you take, including any messages you send, were under the scrutiny of the government? Welcome to today’s world. Orwell’s predictions have come true, in spades. The discussion about “Newspeak” in the appendix of his novel, also gives you a key to understanding the dangers we face today with political correctness which is destroying our language word by word.

The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek

“The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century.” – Editorial description from Amazon.com

The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America by Leonard Peikoff

Despite its subtitle, this insightful book will not only show you where and how the United States went off course, but more importantly, how we can correct it.

The Second Treatise of Government by John Locke

The Founding Fathers of the United States knew this book intimately. Locke’s ideas helped build our nation, and can help restore it to greatness.

The Law by Frederic Bastiat

“It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.” When Frederic Bastiat wrote those words he might as well have been writing about modern day America. To regain our freedom it’s imperative to understand the nature of law and how it becomes perverted. This book will give you that understanding.

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen

This book will help you appreciate the stunning power of laissez-faire capitalism and its moral underpinnings. It will help all freedom fighters sweep away the “crony capitalism” that is destroying the free market.

Especially recommended are the two essays in the appendix of the book: “Man’s Rights” and “The Nature of Government.”

Silverfiddle said...

Roadbrains:

Thank you sir for adding your own favorites!