do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American
war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The
Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. . . This
radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections
of the people was the real American Revolution.”
John Adams to Hezekiah Niles, 1818
I can well
remember reading those powerful words as a young Libertarian undergraduate
student in 1972, wondering if I would ever see our Revolution come
in my lifetime.
quote is found in Bernard Bailyn’s brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning
Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, which I
eagerly imbibed for my American Political Thought class.
Yet was the
American Revolution to remain merely an intellectual exercise one
only experienced in history books?
Were not the
societal conditions of today ripe for another Revolution?
the American people as outraged as I was?
Would I ever
experience the heady rush and tumble tumult of being a part of a
massive, nation-wide, spontaneous uprising of the American people
– from whatever background or class or ethnicity – who would rise
up and demand freedom and a drastic rollback of the draconian power
of the State in all facets.
In the thirty-five
years which have passed, through Vietnam, the Watergate Scandal,
massive continuous inflation and the collapse of the Keynesian economic
paradigm, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the 1980 October Surprise
Scandal, disastrous interventions in Central America, Africa, and
the Middle East, the Iran-Contra Scandal, the Balkan Wars, the Clinton
Impeachment, up to the present conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq,
what economist and historian Murray Rothbard described as the “objective
conditions” for such a Revolution have almost always existed.
What was needed
to fall into place were the “subjective conditions” – the acceptance
and implementation by a widespread segment of the American people
of the libertarian ideological belief-structure – that radical
change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of
the people of which John Adams wrote.
thirty-five years the Libertarian Movement has unceasingly and relentlessly
worked to change that. During its twenty-five years, Lew
Rockwell and the Ludwig von Mises Institute have acted as the
radical catalyst and focal point to change the hearts and minds
of the American people by developing an intellectual leadership
cadre dedicated to peace, liberty, and free market capitalism.
That time has
finally come. Everything is in place. The Revolution has finally
little-discussed effect the Ron Paul Revolution has evoked is that
it has awakened in persons the desire to study their history, particularly
that of the American Revolution and the Founders, the Constitution,
monetary policy and the Federal Reserve, and American foreign policy.
Dr. Paul, by
his profound clarity in speaking truth to power, has provoked people
of the Ron Paul Revolution to seek their roots as Americans, searching
for an understanding of how we got into so many disastrous crises,
and exploring the viable solutions to these problems.
I want to focus
upon one aspect of this story – the secret history of the CIA.
I have several
shelves of books exclusively focusing upon American intelligence,
particularly that of the Central Intelligence Agency. I urge everyone
to seek out the vast array of published scholarly works on this
subject over the past few decades. The CIA, as the principal covert
action arm of the U. S. Government since 1947, is a crucial component
of the interventionist foreign policy Ron Paul repeatedly addresses
in his speeches and TV debates.
The best place
to begin this historical exploration of the secret history of the
CIA is with the excellent 1987 PBS documentary, The Secret Government:
The Constitution in Crisis, featuring veteran premier investigative
journalist Bill Moyers.
the CIA from its Cold War origins within the National Security State
of 1947, and catalogs the various covert interventions which it
engaged in over the next forty years.
highlight of the program is Moyers comparing and contrasting the
Watergate Scandal of the early 1970s with that of Iran-Contra, the
major issue of that day. One cannot watch it without seeing the
parallels of those earlier Scandals with contemporary events of
the Bush regime – an arrogant, hubristic executive branch out of
control, declaring war upon the American people and their rights
The next place
to explore are the six episodes of The Secrets of the CIA series,
which puts a disquieting human face on the everyday men and women
engaged in the Agency’s covert activities. The series powerfully
describes how their actions had disruptive, unforeseen consequences
in their personal lives, and of the people against whom their actions