Book Review: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard J. Maybury
How many times have you gone into a store and noticed the price of something has increased? It happens all the time. For that matter, I can remember listening to my grandmother tell me about her experiences when she was young in the 30’s and early 40’s. She used to be able to take a penny into the candy store and buy 3 items with it! So, what happened?
We are inundated daily with “experts” on the news channels spewing economic terms like “inflation,” “deficits,” and “monetary policy.” But, what do those terms actually mean and why are there differing philosophies on how to manage them?
Years ago, I came across a book that began an economic journey for me and provided such clarity on answers to the questions above (and more), that I always keep a copy of the book to give to others when the need arises. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? By Richard J. Maybury was originally written in 1989 and begins a series of books tackling the subject of economics for middle to high school level children. However, the truths taught in the books are wonderfully explained from the perspective of a Constitutional Capitalist, which the author calls a Juris Naturalist (natural law). The books are rife with quotes from our founding fathers and an adherence to their economic philosophies.
I highly recommend everyone read the Uncle Eric series of books, but especially Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? to educate yourself rather than relying on “experts” who probably don’t adhere to many of the ideologies of the founding fathers.
Book Review: Blacklisted by History by M. Stanton Evans
What if I told you that what you think you know about Senator Joe McCarthy and his investigations into Communists working in the United States government was wrong?
The conventional image of the Senator from Wisconsin is of a bully, a liar, and a demagogue but that is the media narrative which has yet to be corrected after over 60 years of gaslighting. The author presents a well-researched narrative detailing McCarthy’s rise to prominence through his censure and beyond. Using original documents obtained from the Senate and FBI archives; personal papers of those who “starred” in the drama; and digging through both de-classified documents from the United States and the former Soviet Union, M. Stanton Evans takes great pains to lay out what was a 1950s version of the Deep-State Cabal.
The parallels to today are stunning and show that the United States government hasn’t changed much from the 1940s. Many people today confuse what Senator McCarthy investigated with the House Un-American Affairs Committee (HUAC) and rarely use primary sources to tell the story. What the author found was that people who reference McCarthy in their narrative cite other authors creating a circular narrative where one wrong person cites another instead of investigating themselves.
Thomas Jefferson told us to “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” So, years ago, I began a deep-dive into Senator McCarthy – what I found was disturbing until I came across Blacklisted by History which put to rest many of my underlying reservations about the “consensus” that McCarthy was public enemy number one.