Congressman Ron Paul’s new book, The Revolution: A Manifesto, was released today (April 30 in American time). It will debut at #7 on the NY Times Bestseller list. This is impressive, as that list position is based on pre-release sales figures. The number of copies sold is likely to grow even higher now that the book has been officially released. The Revolution has also reached #1 on Amazon.com.
It has always been the case that political movements are fleeting. But books are a long-term investment: they make the case for liberty to future generations. This book continues the momentum achieved last year, when Dr Paul set an online-fund raising record by hauling in $6 million in one day. He has raised nearly $35 million in total, not a bad sum in comparison to some other “mainstream” (read populist) candidates.
I will order my copy online today, and hopefully others reading this will do the same. Having read his other book (A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce and Honest Friendship) and being familiar with libertarianism, I don’t expect to find any amazing new insights. The Revolution is a political tract similar to the Communist Manifesto, not an academic treatise; apparently it has no footnotes, although it does have a comprehensive reading list at the end. For many libertarians, buying the book would be an act of solidarity more than anything else. If it reaches #1 on the bestseller lists and stays there, non-libertarians all over the world will be more likely to read it.
In my opinion no-one has done more than Ron Paul to energise freedom-loving Americans in the past year. He has even been noticed in Sri Lanka. Murray Rothbard, who was a firm believer in principled political activism, would have been ecstatic.
Although Paul was never going to win, one can perhaps liken the Ron Paul Revolution to the movement to take back the Republican Party started by Barry Goldwater that culiminated in the election of Ronald Reagan. It’s unlikely another politician could have achieved Paul’s level of success, as no other politician has such a consistent voting record, refuses Congressional perks and practices what he preaches (rejecting government-loans for his children’s university education, etc.).
Dr Paul has received nearly 1 million votes in the Republican primaries so far. Looks like the second American revolution against big government has started.