Book Reviews

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits. by Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsSometimes people do the wrong things for the right reasons. The author admits that to be the “story of his life” and openly shares much of it in this book.

Although the book is largely an historically based auto-biography, it is part fact and part fiction. In cases where identities needed to be protected, the “facts” necessary to that end are changed but without altering the accuracy of the description of the event or its historical significance.

It is a personal story. It is a cowboy-warrior’s story told in a cowboy-warrior’s language. It is the story of one man’s journey from bondage to freedom and from slavery to liberty.

It is the gritty story of this man’s life-long education in the school of hard knocks as his journey took him from a sharecropper’s shack, through the rodeo arena and the boxing ring, across the football field and the drilling rig floor, into the Marines and two wars and ultimately culminating in the university laboratory and classroom (the most dangerous of all the aforementioned places).

Although woven around the experiences and adventures of one man, it is also the story of the people who lived during the period of time in American history that an entire generation was betrayed It is the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place.

It is the story of the betrayal of an entire generation of Americans and particularly the 40% (of the military aged males) of that generation that fought the Vietnam war.

The story is told mostly in the form vignettes—short scenes of a particular moment or event. Some are significant. Many are trivial. Some are humorous. Others are heart breaking–even nightmarish. But when sequenced, they tell a story that has a theme.

They chronicle an odyssey—an intellectual journey that begins with the author’s self-contradictory and delusional rationalizations for some of the horrible things that he did in the name of “mother, God and country” and ends with the realization that they were, indeed, horrible.

The conclusions are not mere “visions in the night.” They are a result of a very difficult process of shaking a lifetime of authoritarian indoctrination.

Some segments of the book will likely be interpreted as “whining” or “self-pity” and they probably are. But it is also a story of love, hate, happiness, sadness, anger, complacency, adventure, excitement, boredom, bravery, fear, duty, tyranny, incompetence, empire building, honor, cowardice, heroism and yes, betrayal.

The book is the product of a lifetime of experience and reflection with a little research and a healthy portion of labored discipline added. It was written with the white heat of passion that occurs during the moment when the world comes into focus for the first time. It will bring your world into better focus.

About the Author

Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume holds a BBA in Management and Accounting from The University of North Texas, MS in Animal Science and Agri-Business from Sul Ross State University and the PhD in Natural Resource (Range) Management and Economics from Texas Tech University.

Dr LaBaume has spent the civilian side of his entire life, in one capacity or another, in agriculture primarily (cattle) ranching. This includes being born and raised in the business, holding important management positions (CFO and CEO) in some very large land and cattle companies, and owning and operating a ranch of his own.

Retired from a 30 year university teaching and research career, Dr LaBaume is currently President and CEO of Land & Livestock International, Inc., an international corporation offering management and consulting services to the range livestock industry.

Dr LaBaume is a highly decorated veteran of both the Vietnam War and Gulf War I. His Marine Corps career spanned some 35 years (off and on with a lot of broken and reserve time). Although he had less than two years to go to a good retirement, when his last re-enlistment came up, he refused to re-enlist. In his own words, he simply “got tired of being guilty of treason.”

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThe Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits. by Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume. Click here to buy the paperback version from Land & Livestock International’s aStore.

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Storm over Rangelands: Private Rights in Federal Lands By Wayne Hage. From a reviewer: This is one of the most important books of our day. Not well known, but it should be; if most of us were not so apathetic. This is written by a recently deceased Rancher from Nevada, Wayne Hage, who fought the Centralized Powers (D.C.), who were not originally intended to have the power we’ve allowed.

He fought them along with his Sheriff’s office & through the courts after they started trying to steal his water rights & his cattle. He eventually won his case for several million dollars, I believe the decision came down after he passed away.

It has been a while since I researched this issue but I believe one of the reasons Mr Hage was so maliciously targeted by the BLM etc. is because of his publishing of this book on the history of land law & water rights going clear back to early colonial history. You see, no land in any of the states was ever ceded or titled to the D.C. Government by the original founders.

The Constitutionally authorized government of that time was only given authority to sell the lands into private hands, and they were delegated and mandated by the original 13 colonies to sell all of it.

Now with a usurped power in their hands (an authority that is not their’s) they therefore were allowed to assume power over time as if they owned these vast tracts. As a result of this incrementalist assumption of usurped power, they are encroaching even further on the private party’s property and rights as well.

This is a book that helps give a lot of background for questions we need answers to this very day; such as why we have such a problem with eminent domain and the inability to make improvements on our property without so much hassle, etc.

This is not so much a book about an isolated land fight, as it is about Freedom. If you read it, you should see that any government, anywhere, increasing in size and power, is eventually used to enslave everyone.

So, Mr. Hage’s fight is our fight as well, whether we recognize it or not. That same fight will be brought eventually to all people if they don’t become informed and fight that tyranny, no matter what form it arrives in.

Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our Natural HeritageEco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our Natural Heritage By Elizabeth Nickson. An investigative reporter documents the destructive impact of the environmental movement in North America and beyond.

When journalist Elizabeth Nickson sought to subdivide her twenty-eight acres on Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest, she was confronted by the full force and power of the radical conservationists who had taken over the local zoning council. She soon discovered that she was not free to do what she wanted with her land, and that in the view of these arrogant stewards it wasn’t really hers at all. Nickson’s long, frustrating, and eyeopening encounter with these zealots started her on a journey to investigate and expose the hugely destructive impact of the environmental movement on ordinary people and communities across North America—and the world.

What she discovered is shocking. Forty million Americans have been driven from their land, and rural culture is being systematically crushed, even as wildlife, forests, and rangelands are dying. In Eco-Fascists, Nickson explores how environmental radicals have taken over government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. The result? A wholesale sequestration of forest, range, and water—more than 40 percent of North America—impoverishing us all, especially the most vulnerable. This confiscation of America’s natural heritage is a major factor contributing to our current economic decline; until it is acknowledged and addressed, our economy will not recover.

Nickson traces the tens of billions of dollars environmental nonprofits marshal every year to promote the notion that our essential natural systems are collapsing, and finds, in a brutal example of self-fulfilling prophesy, that their corrupted science is desertifying the heartland. She visits once-thriving communities that are turning to ghost towns because environmental legislation has forced mines, ranches, and mills to close and has forbidden critical forest, range, park, and wilderness maintenance.

Eco-Fascists exposes the major fallacies of the environmental movement—from wildlife protection to zoning to forest-fire management—and introduces us to the individuals who are fighting back. Fast-paced, highly accessible, and sure to be controversial, this is a work that will change the national conversation about environmental protection and its impact.

4 Responses to Book Reviews

  1. Mr. Lewis, let’s be sure we are using the right terminology. Too often “greed” is blamed for everything from the crucifixion of Christ on down. The simple fact is that all men are primarily motivated by their own self-interest. It is exactly as Adam Smith said in his “Wealth of Nations, “We each operate in our own best interest and, in so doing, operate in the best interest of society.”

    But, what Adam Smith was referring to was true Capitalism. What you are referring to is NOT capitalism. It is Fascism. Benito Mussolini, Mr. Fascism himself, once quipped, “Modern fascism should be properly called corporatism, since it is the merger of state, military and corporate power.”

    So, the only “bad guy” here is government. Fascism, crony capitalism, government regulation that essentially sets up government protected monopolies, etc is the problem. Do away with government and the problems you cite would disappear as if by magic.

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    • Donald E. Lewis says:

      I have never condemned the Government on many items and dissension. They failed with Agriculture. Instead of following the Master and how the fertile soil was built up over millions of years for the use of humanity. I have been asked if I am a Master gardener. I say no I garden with the Master.

      In the 1940’s the ammunition plants were changed to fertilizer plants. The chemicals were made stronger with acids and chemical procedures. All water soluble and what the plants did not need leached it the water ways. I did two experiments on my Vermont dairy farm and found that the Organic way feeds the plants as needed during the growing season. Not put it on all a one time as the soil tests showed the soil needing all NPK low. Sure it was when everything goes dormant. In the 1950’s the cow manure was so low in NPK it was not worth the time and cost to spread. Chemicals were the way.
      Just posted in a pie graph cow manure was 17% of the water pollution and chemical fertilizer was 15%. This is one of the biggest lies to come down the pike. Why can anybody with a clear consonance write that if they know anything about farming. I have many more facts that were different in 1950 and change today to benefit the rich billion dollar chemical companies.

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      • “I did two experiments on my Vermont dairy farm…”

        Interesting.

        Can you share with us your experimental design (randomized, randomized block, paired comparison, etc) and your method for statistically analyzing your data (ANOVA, Chai Square, etc).

        Also, what method did you use for separating mean differences (Duncan’s Multiple Range Test, etc)

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  2. I’m all for “nature’s way.” There are simply too many ailments that are too common (much more so than when I was a young child in the 40s & 50s to deny that something is certainly in the wind.

    But on the other hand, if we were to suddently do away with “modern” agriculture, blood would fill the oceans within only a day or two. It would simply result in massive, world wide, starvation.

    But once again, the real answer is to do away with government completely. Without its interference, the truly free market (with everyone acting in their own INDIVIDUAL self-interest) would solve the problem in a much smoother, non-violent fashion.

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