The Innocence of Oswald: Book Review

The great Dave Baker recommended to me a book written by Gary Fannin, a local author who was recently a guest on Dave’s show on WSB. The book is The Innocence of Oswald: 50+ Years of Lies, Deception & Deceit in the Murders of President John F. Kennedy & Officer JD Tippit. I could not put it down. I usually read two or three books at a time, picking them up and putting them down as the mood strikes me, but this book I read straight through from the moment I picked it up.

The Innocence of Oswald isn’t your typical 800 page JFK assassination tome laying out every last detail of political backstory. Usually those books are slogs and only end up attempting to explain that, despite all the intrigue, Oswald was a lone nut who pulled off this (literal) coup on his own and for no reason whatsoever. I have long been unconvinced by that narrative–probably since I was old enough to understand that Oswald said “I’m a patsy,” and soon after was himself assassinated while in police custody–but the truth of what exactly did happen has remained to me uncertain. I have boiled it down to the likelihood that either <<continue reading>>

Is it true that everyone loves lists???

Trinity_College_DublinI really want to make this week’s show fun – it’s hard to have a show on news and politics and not have it always be depressing, but I’m doing my best! This week I’m talking libertarianism from A to Z and am compiling a few lists…some my own, some from other sources (such as reason magazine’s 5 most and least libertarian TV shows). One list I get asked for a lot is a reading list. I post reviews and blurbs on my site (see the “read & watch” tab above), but this list is just the ten books I would recommend for different reasons… a great read (the Heinlein book is scifi! His wife was an individualist anarchist and you can see her influence here)…sublime (Nock & Bastiat)…interesting take on an under-studied subject (secession)…an insight into what derailed the American experiment (Neill)…I know lots of people would choose other books (The Road to Serfdom, For a New Liberty, even perhaps Free to Choose or Capitalism by Milton Friedman), and I want listeners (and readers) to hear about it all…so tell me, what books would you recommend to fellow libertarians or to the lib-curious? Here are my picks…perhaps best called, “thought-samples from my personal libertarian journey”

  1. Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises
  2. Our Enemy the State, by Albert Jay Nock
  3. Democracy: the God that Failed, by Hans Hermann Hoppe
  4. The First & Last Freedom, by Jiddu Krishnamurti
  5. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
  6. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat
  7. A Constitutional History of Secession, by John Remington Graham
  8. The Church and the Market, by Thomas Woods
  9. Makers of the Modern Mind, by Thomas Patrick Neill
  10. Money, Bank Credit & Economic Cycles, by Jesus Huerta de Soto

The colored titles click through to reviews I’ve written. The other titles have blurbs I’ve written on my “recommended fiction” or “recommended non-fiction” pages

SOTU: Capitalism v. “Capitalism” – Podcast of January 24, 2015 Show

I didn’t mention it on the show, but in googling for images of “cronyism,” I found the picture above of Obama and Corzine…so what ever happened to Jon Corzine? Law, like taxes, is for the little people, I guess…

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I guess we’re not the only ones who can’t stomach the State of the Union Address!
STATE OF THE UNION TELEVISION RATINGS DROP TO 15-YEAR LOW

Here is the book, Dynamics of World History, by Christopher Dawson, I was talking about that suggests that not only common values but a common religion are necessary for a culture or civilization to survive. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Dawson’s conclusions, this book is a very thought-provoking read with the added novelty of being a totally honest pursuit of truth in the field of sociology:

Here is an excerpt from the back cover of the book:

Several major themes run through Dawson’ work, but perhaps his most significant contribution was his insistence on the importance of religion in shaping and sustaining civilizations.

Religion, Dawson believed, is the great creative force in any culture, and the loss of a society’s historic religion therefore portends a process of social dissolution. For this reason Dawson concluded that Western society must find a way to revitalize its spiritual life if it is to avoid irreversible decay. Progress, the real religion of modernity, is insufficient to sustain cultural health.

I got some serious negativity on facebook for even mentioning this. I did so, however, because I thought it was a mind-blowing thesis that’s worth thinking through even if ultimately you disagree with Dawson’s conclusion.

Finally, I almost never click on European or Russian analyses of “wealth inequality” but given my topic this week, when I saw the new Crosstalk this morning I had to check it out. I’m glad I did. Max Lawson’s viewpoint is what I would have expected – he still has hope for the benevolent socialist government. Richard Wellings‘ viewpoint, however, is totally consistent with mine, and Michael Hudson’s, while not consistent with mine by a long shot, is interesting and much deeper than Max’s. What do you think?

UPDATE: By a strange coincidence, a caller on the next week’s show (January 31, 2015), recited from memory this MacArthur quote (apparently without having heard my reference to Christopher Dawson):

In this day of gathering storms, as moral deterioration of political power spreads its growing infection, it is essential that every spiritual force be mobilized to defend and preserve the religious base upon which this nation is founded; for it has been that base which has been the motivating impulse to our moral and national growth. History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual reawakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.

http://www.themoralliberal.com/2011/04/26/general-douglas-macarthur-mobilize-spiritual-forces/

SOTU: Capitalism v. "Capitalism" – Podcast of January 24, 2015 Show

I didn’t mention it on the show, but in googling for images of “cronyism,” I found the picture above of Obama and Corzine…so what ever happened to Jon Corzine? Law, like taxes, is for the little people, I guess…

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I guess we’re not the only ones who can’t stomach the State of the Union Address!
STATE OF THE UNION TELEVISION RATINGS DROP TO 15-YEAR LOW
Here is the book, Dynamics of World History, by Christopher Dawson, I was talking about that suggests that not only common values but a common religion are necessary for a culture or civilization to survive. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Dawson’s conclusions, this book is a very thought-provoking read with the added novelty of being a totally honest pursuit of truth in the field of sociology:

Here is an excerpt from the back cover of the book:

Several major themes run through Dawson’ work, but perhaps his most significant contribution was his insistence on the importance of religion in shaping and sustaining civilizations.
Religion, Dawson believed, is the great creative force in any culture, and the loss of a society’s historic religion therefore portends a process of social dissolution. For this reason Dawson concluded that Western society must find a way to revitalize its spiritual life if it is to avoid irreversible decay. Progress, the real religion of modernity, is insufficient to sustain cultural health.

I got some serious negativity on facebook for even mentioning this. I did so, however, because I thought it was a mind-blowing thesis that’s worth thinking through even if ultimately you disagree with Dawson’s conclusion.
Finally, I almost never click on European or Russian analyses of “wealth inequality” but given my topic this week, when I saw the new Crosstalk this morning I had to check it out. I’m glad I did. Max Lawson’s viewpoint is what I would have expected – he still has hope for the benevolent socialist government. Richard Wellings‘ viewpoint, however, is totally consistent with mine, and Michael Hudson’s, while not consistent with mine by a long shot, is interesting and much deeper than Max’s. What do you think?

UPDATE: By a strange coincidence, a caller on the next week’s show (January 31, 2015), recited from memory this MacArthur quote (apparently without having heard my reference to Christopher Dawson):

In this day of gathering storms, as moral deterioration of political power spreads its growing infection, it is essential that every spiritual force be mobilized to defend and preserve the religious base upon which this nation is founded; for it has been that base which has been the motivating impulse to our moral and national growth. History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual reawakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.

http://www.themoralliberal.com/2011/04/26/general-douglas-macarthur-mobilize-spiritual-forces/

JFK: THE CIA, VIETNAM AND THE PLOT TO ASSASSINATE JOHN F. KENNEDY

by L. Fletcher Prouty

L. Fletcher Prouty was Mr. X, Oliver Stone’s version of “deep throat” in the movie “JFK.” Prouty was “a retired colonel of the US Air Force, jet pilot, and former professor of air science and tactics at Yale University….during the Kennedy years, [he] served as the chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was directly in charge of the global system designed to provide military support for the clandestine activities of the CIA.” (From the book jacket.)

While those credentials can give Prouty a tremendous amount of credibility, they can also throw up a red flag. Something like this–a tell-all by someone associated with the intelligence community–almost always spells disinformation in my experience. Furthermore, it was first published as a serial by the Church of Scientology. That in itself is not enough for me to dismiss the book’s veracity–I know a few Scientologists and they are not as nutty as they are made out to be, however, I have read convincing reports that L. Ron Hubbard was a government operative whose personal history was a “legacy” created for him by Intelligence and whose operations were fronts for psychological experimentation. Therefore, it is somewhat suspect to me that this work by a special operations chief first appeared in a Scientology publication, and I must consider the possibility that this book is in fact disinformation. On the other hand, if this is not disinfo, then Prouty is a courageous hero who should be honored. It’s a tough call!

No matter which way Prouty shakes out, though, good disinformation is still mostly true. This is necessary to establish veracity and can be described as a “limited hangout,” in which the intelligence community deems that it is worth saying some things against interest in order to drive home critical disinfo. My goal in examining a work like this is to take from it the real information, the stuff they are “hanging out,” while not falling for the disinformation.

With that in mind, let me share with you what, to the best of my judgment, are profound truths found in this book. Specifically, what drives the power elite? And how exactly does the CIA micromanage events to serve their goals?

Read moreJFK: THE CIA, VIETNAM AND THE PLOT TO ASSASSINATE JOHN F. KENNEDY

Barack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography, by Webster Griffin Tarpley

My husband recently said to me after a party, “You’re like my pet hyena. When I take you out I really should ask people, ‘How close do you want to get?'” When I repeated this to a few friends, they were shocked at how well I took it. I, on the other hand, was shocked that they were shocked – it’s just too apropos to take offense at! I actually go out of my way sometimes to up the intensity with people I meet just to see how far apart we are. If I say something “deep” and the audience catches right on, I start from there, otherwise I proceed with caution. Here was my opening line that evening…

Read moreBarack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography, by Webster Griffin Tarpley

Shia + Babylonia + Kurdistan = The States Formerly Known as Iraq: Podcast of June 21, 2014 Show

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Despite what every single mainstream media outlet tells you about what’s going on in Iraq right now, it is NOT a result of

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What's at the bottom of the rabbit hole? The Report from Iron Mountain. Podcast of June 7, 2014 Show

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This is a must read, full stop: The Report from Iron Mountain. (See also, “another update” below.)

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What’s at the bottom of the rabbit hole? The Report from Iron Mountain. Podcast of June 7, 2014 Show

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This is a must read, full stop: The Report from Iron Mountain. (See also, “another update” below.)

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Ft Hood, MH370 & Putin's Latest Shot: Podcast of April 5, 2014 Show




Cool Hand Luke performing “Plastic Jesus” after learning of his mother’s death.

For the curious videos on the LAX shooting and the Navy Yard shooter as well as the recent Craig’s list ad for a mass casualty drill at Fort Hood, click here.
For the new Georgia gun law, see my post for last week’s show on the Georgie Gun Rights Law HB60

For the Ukraine leaks I played on the show see Exposing the Shadow Government in the Ukraine (and the US?) and Putin’s Place in the New World Order.
Here’s “Yatz” getting grilled by the BBC.

For my recent analysis on the referendum in Crimea that led to the “annexation” by Russia, see Crimea & Self-Determination: The First Principle of the Law of Nations.
Here is a shocking leak of high ranking Turkish officials recently planning to shoot a missile AT TURKEY to create a cause of war with Syria! I have been attributing these leaks to Putin and Russia and believe they are a sign of a real change in the international order. (For the segment I read on the air, start at 11:00, but the whole tape is interesting.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW423rCw1kc
Here is the best of the Waco documentaries I referred to. April 19, 1993, was the date of the fire that ended the 51 day siege on the Branch Davidians in Waco. After assessing all the evidence, it looks to me that this started out as a PR stunt by the ATF.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC7iu7BaTG8
For details on the MH370 psy-op see my recent article Cracking the Code on Malaysia Airlines 370. For a great documentary on the TWA 800 accident, check out my recent review, TWA Flight 800.