There was an exchange of comments a couple days ago, where IPR reader Jake Witmer recommended some books on drug prohibition to reader Hugh Yonn. It was found in Steve Kubby:Regulating Cannabis is Unconstitutional, Unworkable and Racist, and is comment 145. He consented to having his comment start a suggested reading list for 2013. Here is his comment/list:
If you want to totally see and comprehend prohibition from a number of different perspectives, I highly recommend “The New Prohibition” ed. Bill Masters. Several of the book’s Essays are are 100% accurate (John Ross “How Drug Laws Hurt Gunowners,” Doug Casey “The Drug War As The Problem,” “Gangster Cops in the Drug War” Joseph McNamara, “The Social Costs of a Moral Agenda” Fatema Gunja), others less so in my opinion (“Medicalization as an Alternative to the Drug War” Jeffrey A. Singer). Nonetheless, it’s an excellent read, and full of useful statistics and well-reasoned arguments. No rational, aware, and moral person can support prohibition after reading it.
If you want a book that clearly and completely describes the problem of American tyranny, and the mindset that is necessary to combat it, as well as a description of the optimal course of action for a nonpolitical individual, I strongly suggest reading “Send in the Waco Killers” by Vin Suprynowicz.
Because we’re talking about overall strategies against prohibition here, I also recommend the book “Molon Labe” by Boston T. Party (Kenneth Royce). It’s a work of fictional rebellion against the American Police State, but it shows how I & R combined with jury rights activism is a substrategy of a larger, overall strategy against the state. Few other works do this. For those who have a more fatalistic/realistic view of the government’s lawlessness and willingness to use violence, the book “Unintended Consequences” provides another view of a government-agency-provoked violent rebellion against the Unconstitutional States of America. A less-thoroughly libertarian novel of violent rebellion is “Term Limits” by Vince Flynn. All of these books take note of how little the legislatures have respected civilian lawmaking, since such lawmaking indicates two things:
1) The legislature had the power to do this thing we wanted done, but did not do it. The implication is that the legislature is not doing their jobs. The implication of a legislature that doesn’t do its job is that the legislature is too afraid to risk political capital of introducing a law (cowardice). Or, the legislature is too stupid to see the value of a law (stupidity). Or, the legislature knows and sees the value of the proposed law but is loyal to those who oppose the creation of the law (this is either corruption, if it serves money or power, or integrity if it serves the Bill of Rights; but how regularly do the legislators fail to vote for something because it contradicts the Bill of Rights? Statistically, it’s less than 1% of the time, and if you eliminate Rand and Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich’s few votes, it’s virtually never.)
2) The citizenry resents the laws we’ve been making to the extent that it’s going to alter or abolish one of them. (In the case that the initiative alters or abolishes an existing law, and doesn’t solely represent the additional use of governnment force.)
In any case, I think it’s good to regularly let legislatures know that their ongoing efforts to increase institutionalized theft, murder, and market chaos are not appreciated.
I’ll close with an appropriate quote from the inventor of the toilet, Sir John Harington: “Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”
Hugh Yonn had just recommended a book he had written himself (comment 97):
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank
Here is one of its reviews:
5.0 out of 5 stars… If David Sedaris had written ‘Catcher in the Rye’..this would be it, June 30, 2012
This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition)
I have never smoked pot in my life…nor do I ever care to.
I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!!
The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author’s first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him…coughing.
All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe…hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that.
If you have ever read any of David Sedaris’ books, and like them…you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank.
And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and the way he staggered through life.
The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.
Mr. Yonn has written a second book on the topic called Welcome to Prison-Enjoy Your Stay .
I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we can all recommend a book or two to our fellow readers. If you have read (or written) a book which might interest the readers here at IPR, please let us know. I’d recommend it have to do with a specific third party, third parties in general, the liberty movement, drug legalization, or the antiwar movement. Those seem to be the topics most readers talk about here.