All posts by bradbirzer

By day, I'm a father of seven and husband of one. By night, I'm an author, a biographer, and a prog rocker. Interests: Rush, progressive rock, cultural criticisms, the Rocky Mountains, individual liberty, history, hiking, and science fiction.

The Catholic Worker on Leviathan

Dorothy Day (from CRISIS Magazine)

“People go to Washington asking the Federal Government to solve their economics problems.  But the Federal Government was never meant to solve men’s economic problems.  Thomas Jefferson says, ‘The less government there is the better it is.’  If the less government there is the better it is, the best kind of government is self-government.  If the best kind of government is self-government, then the best kind of organization is self-organization.  When the organizers try to organize the unorganized, they often do it for the benefit of the organizers.”

The Catholic Worker (Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin)  Quoted in Maisie Ward, Unfinished Business (Sheed and Ward, 1964), 176,

Burning Shed News (November 23, 2018)

Burning Shed

The Winter Sale

Yes Sirree, Winter is surely here and in our annual bid to help those suffering from seasonally affected misery (and those canny customers with an eye for a bargain), the latest Burning Shed sale includes items from across labels and some massive savings. 

Highlights include

Kscope label releases by Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Mansun and many more
A third off King Crimson’s wonderful Thrak box
£10 off the Japanese edition of Bruford’s Seems Like A Lifetime Ago and BB’s Gonzo back catalogue reduced in price
Yes 50th Anniversary tour posters
50% off Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge’s Gonwards box
Rick Wakeman cardboard replica edition CDs
The final copies of the No-Man ‘EMI pressing’ of Love And Endings
Shriekback catalogue gems
Rupert Hine’s Thinkman trilogy 

Ends Monday November 26th. 

Les Penning & Robert Reed

In Dulci Jubilo (cd/vinyl pre-order)

Les Penning and Robert Reed‘s enchanting version of Christmas classic In Dulci Jubilo (featuring Tom Newman). 

Available as a 5 track maxi-single CD and a 7″ vinyl edition featuring Tom Newman and RR mixes. 

All orders of the vinyl include a free Signed Christmas Card. 

Pre-order for December 14th release. 

Wishbone Ash

Live at Glasgow Apollo 77 (cd/vinyl pre-order)

A live performance from the Front Page News tour of 1977 released for the first time

Strictly limited to 1000 copies on vinyl and 3000 on CD, Live at Glasgow Apollo 77 follows the success of the 30 CD deluxe box set Wishbone Ash The Vintage Years 1970-1991

Pre-order for January 11th release. 

Big Big Train

Back Catalogue Repressings (cds)

2018 repressing of three early BBT releases: Goodbye To The Age Of Steam (1994), English Boy Wonders(1997) and Gathering Speed (2004). 

A fascinating glimpse into the beginnings of one of the UK’s finest contemporary Progressive bands. 

Shipping now. 


Greetings Cards / Sorceress – 3D Lenticular Card (cards pre-order)

Pack of 6 blank greetings cards featuring classic Opeth album covers (dimensions: 16cm x 16cm) and a 3D lenticular card of the striking artwork for Sorceress (dimensions: 30cm x 30cm). 

Pre-order for December 7th shipping. 

Michael Clark

Something To Be Won EP (vinyl pre-order)

The debut EP from singer songwriter Michael Clark on 12″ Vinyl. 

Michael’s mesmerically haunting songs recall the simplicity of Elliot Smith, Pink Moon-era Nick Drake and elements of his father Gavin Clark’s (Clayhill, Uncle) work. 

Pre-order for January 25th release. 

Back in stockShipping now

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead -Tao of the Dead Part III (vinyl) 

David Byrne – True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack (cd) 

Cosmograf – When Age Has Done Its Duty (vinyl) 

Deep Purple – Fireball / In Rock (2018 remastered versions) (purple vinyl) 

Genesis – Classic Logo / Lamb Faces (t-shirts) 

Carl Glover – Ian Anderson (poster/print) 

Stephen Lambe – Carry On On Screen (book) 

John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest – The 50th Anniversary Concert (cd) 

Marillion – Clutching At Straws (boxsets) 

Rush – Hemispheres 40th Anniversary (Super Deluxe) 

Roine Stolt’s The Flower King Manifesto Of An Alchemist (signed) 

The Syn – Syndestructible (vinyl) 

Tiger Moth Tales – Story Tellers Parts One & Two (vinyl) 

Tom Sheehan – R.E.M: Athens GA – R.E.M In Photographs 1984-2005 (book) 

The Top Of The Poppers – Sing And Play The The Hits Of David Bowie (yellow vinyl) 

Andrew Wild – Queen On Track (book) 


Yep, it’s Black Friday. And, for this deal, you not only DON’T have to leave your home, but you’ll ALSO get lots and lots of nutrition for the mind!  

Right now, Tom is offering a Master membership to Liberty Classroom for only $287.

If you use the link below and purchase a LC Master membership, I (Brad) will happily and eagerly and joyfully send you a signed copy of IN DEFENSE OF ANDREW JACKSON as well as RUSSELL KIRK: AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE as my gift.

After you’ve purchased your membership with the link, let me know, and I’ll send the books to you.  Make sure to let me how you want them inscribed.  

To Tom! To Liberty! To Classrooms of the mind!

The Rise of Viktor Orbán, Right-Wing Populist ~ The Imaginative Conservative

To secular and leftist Europeans, Hungary’s Fundamental Law came as a shock. The preamble set the tone—it is the opening line of the Hungarian National Hymn (anthem): “God, bless the Hungarians.” That was already too much for The Guardian. A writer for that left-wing British newspaper noted that the new constitution’s “preamble is heavily influenced by the Christian faith and commits Hungary to a whole new set of values, such as family, nation, fidelity, faith, love and labour.” It was enough to point this out: further criticism would apparently have been superfluous.
— Read on

I consider myself an anti nationalist, but I found this article absolutely fascinating–BB.

Harmony and Order: Giving Thanks ~ The Imaginative Conservative

Of course, I do not want or desire to conflate that which is sacred with that which is profane. The Sabbath does not exist for the right of association. Yet, as we pause and reflect on the many great and grand blessings bestowed upon us as Americans, we would be foolish to ignore the tradition of self-governance, of community building, and of the right to association. Once again, it is healthy to remember what we should cherish. Plato, after all, told us we must love what should be loved and hate what should be hated. In rough times, we too readily remember the hate part but forget the love part. As you celebrate your time with your family, eat turkey and mashed potatoes, and watch, for the 1000th time, Home Alone, don’t forget to give thanks—to all of those who came before us and, especially, to He who created us in His image to know, to serve, and to love Him.
— Read on