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We Are Them: The War Years (2022)

The We Are Them saga continues decades later when Spencer Crane’s grandson, Harry Crane discovers that his hands are oozing a mysterious white substance. Although completely baffled, he begins to see things more clearly. Within days, he discovers that most people in his community are delusional or crazy. He becomes keenly aware that he lives in a starving, bombed-out city where truth is a foreign concept.

Harry, the owner of a failing restaurant, tries to navigate a society consumed by political animosity, militarism, and blind obedience. He sees no hope. Despite his crippled wooden leg, Harry decides to abandon the farm community of Salinas, which is ringed by barbed wire, landmines, and guard towers.

When his long-lost injured brother returns from the Euro-Asian war, Harry assembles a motley crew of conspirators. He is shocked to see his brother alive because nobody ever returns from the endless wars. He cooperates with the secretive “Seven Seals,” and with a covert government assassin, Ellen Dixon, who also suffers from the “White Hand Disorder.” Together, they attack a military complex and are captured. Harry and Ellen confront the infamous “Cannibal,” who is rumored to dine on human flesh. Their defiance incites a citywide rebellion, leaving the military center in smoking ruins.

Fleeing to Monterey with hundreds of refugees, Harry learns that he has not always been the pathetic loser he appears. Now he must lead the fight against the formidable “Black Skull Legionnaires,” with few resources.

Print-book and E-book at Amazon.com

Published by Freeland Press

ISBN Print-book 978-0-9615893-5-6 ISBN * E-book 0-9615893-5-3

We Are Them: The Apocalypse Syndrome (2021)

Published in May of 2021

After an otherworldly explosion mysteriously jolts the skies near a small California city, its denizens are gripped by increasingly bizarre behavior, leaving some to ponder whether their strange and aggressive actions result from alien influences or are inherent to human nature.

It starts with a rush to judgment. Civic-minded citizens demand more control over what they see as society’s inefficient behavior—particularly, motorists who feel entitled to drive their vehicle anywhere at any hour for any reason. To combat such chaotic impulses to choose one’s own routes, City Hall establishes an elaborate new bureaucracy—the Driving Efficiency Department (DED). When mandatory driving directions are disregarded, higher penalties and jail sentences are handed down, with armed guards arresting or shooting violators.

One mild-mannered city official can no longer ignore the obvious: something is not right. He takes a different route. He and a collection of oddball friends organize a daring escape. They face barbed wired fences, machine guns, minefields, and army sharp shooters. When they finally reach the fenced-off border, they have to decide whether to risk death or languish in a world of endless uncertainty and terror.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9615893-3-2  ISBN-10:  0-9615893-3-7  (E-Book


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Ferret: The Reluctant King

Published on Feb. 4, 2020, available at https://www.amazon.com/Ferret-Reluctant-L-K-Samuels-ebook/dp/B0845QSXT2

In L.K. Samuels’s thrilling historical debut, an orphan boy of royal blood captains a fleet of Irish and Dutch colonists, lands in the Americas of the 1700s, builds a new Irish nation, and defies threats from every direction.

Orphaned when his father and the last rag-tag remnants of the Irish Army are defeated and killed, Ferret O’Neil returns home to Cork. Although heir to the Irish throne of the Celtic High Kings, Ferret denounces his title, believing that kings are more hellish than divine.

  But despite his reluctance to get involved in political struggles, Ferret, barely out of his teens, destroys an English man-of-war. He is elected captain of a 500-ton merchantman, and flees with other colonists to the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, Ferret rises to second in command of a Dutch-Irish community that seeks to build a fleet of ships to escape the old world. After many years of hardship, the colony finally sets sail across the Atlantic to establish an independent Irish nation, free from European influences.

But the old world dogs the new. The British threaten to invade the thriving colony of New Eire from the north. Spanish military leaders to the south plot to undermine Ferret’s authority. Savages from the Yamasee tribe raid white settlements from the interior. Ferret’s traitorous cousin attempts a military coup to gain control of the colony.

 In order to cement an alliance with the Spanish in Florida, the Irish clergy demands that Ferret become king. Reluctantly Ferret accepts the crown and prepares his nation for war with the English, Yamasee, and insurgents. He imprisons dissidents, constructs a fortress, assembles an army, and becomes the tyrant he hated as a boy.

ISBN: 978-0-9615893-2-5       ISBN E-book: 0-9615893-2-9

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Killing History: The False Left-Right Political Spectrum (2019)

Major work on the history of the Political Spectrum, over 1,500 footnotes by major historians and political scientists.

Killing History website for more information

Shocking Revelations in L.K. Samuels new book, FACT Sheet 1

Hitler was briefly a red-armband-wearing communist in 1919, and later an avowed “Social Democrat.”

Mussolini was a hard-core Marxist for two decades, and for six of those years was both an avowed Marxist and a Fascist.

In 1919 Mussolini criticized Lenin for not being Marxist enough, writing that “he had not created a dictatorship of the proletariat or of the socialist party.”

Joseph Goebbels declared: “Lenin is the greatest man, second only to Hitler, and that the difference between Communism and the Hitler faith is very slight.”

Goebbels framed World War II in 1939 as a battle between capitalism and socialism, writing: “England is a capitalist democracy. Germany is a socialist people’s state,” and that “English capitalists want to destroy Hitlerism.”

Trotsky not only said that “Mussolini was his best pupil”, but that Mussolini “was the only man who could have brought about the revolution of the proletariat in Italy.”

In the 1919 Italian elections, Mussolini campaigned as the “Lenin of Italy” under the banner of his Fascist Revolutionary Party (PFR).

In 1934, Mussolini boasted that “Three-fourths of the Italian economy, industrial and agricultural, is in the hands of the state,” the highest rate of state-owned enterprises in the entire world outside of the Soviet Union.

Ever since the beginning of the socialist movement in the 1820s, almost every notable socialist was a virulent anti-Semite, condemning Jews as their primary capitalist-bourgeois enemy.

According to many historians, especially Prof. Zeev Sternhell, Fascism was a “specific revision of Marxism.” Prof. A. James Gregor argues that fascism was a “variant of classical Marxism.”

In his 1933 “Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism” Mussolini wrote that the future of his movement represented “a century of the Left, a century of Fascism.” https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/927b40_c1ee26114a4d480cb048f5f96a4cc68f.pdf

The two political polar opposites are not Fascism and Communism, but the liberal capitalism of John Locke against the totalitarianism of Fascist-Marxist ideology.

Both Hitler and Mussolini supported equality, “social justice”, and the labor movement. In a 1920 speech, Hitler declared that “lasting inner health” must be “built on internal social justice…”

Shocking Revelations in L.K. Samuels new book, FACT Sheet 2

Karl Marx believed in nationalistic socialism. He was a Pan-German who supported a unified German Empire. Considering Germans to be a superior race, Marx wrote in 1848: “The only possible solution which will preserve Germany’s honor and Germany’s interest is, we repeat, a war with Russia.”

The Second International, an organization of European socialist and labor parties, dissolved in 1916, abandoned international socialism in favor of their countries’ nationalistic engagement in World War I. Nationalism was seen as a way to maintain a particular culture and language within a socialist framework.

Mussolini was caught up in a rush to support nationalistic socialism. He wrote: “During my whole life I was an internationalist socialist. When the Great War broke out I saw that all our parties that were internationalists became nationalist socialists, that happened to me and that is fascism.”

Trotsky equated Stalinism with fascism, declaring in 1936 that “Stalinism and fascism, in spite of a deep difference in social foundations, are symmetrical phenomena. In many of their features they show a deadly similarity.”

Since the beginning of socialism in 1820, socialists have been the dominant force behind anti-Semitism. Socialists regard the Jewish people and their culture as the arch-enemies of the proletariat—which includes the bourgeoisie, middle class, capitalists, financiers, and bankers who engage in unearned income—usury. Marx condemned the Jewish religion as “Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money… Money is the jealous God of Israel, in face of which no other God may exist.”

Stalin became a Russian nationalist under his theory of “Socialism in One Country,” an approach that Hitler supported. This tribal-national movement away from internationalism led to National Communism and National Bolshevisms.

National Socialist movement was very popular among German college students. In fact, university students were the first stratum in Germany to back the Nazis. National Socialist German Students’ League had “completely taken over student representation in Germany.” Opposing teachers were targeted, named, and endured public “shaming” by Nazi student organizations.

Like father and son, Marx and Hitler were two social justice warriors, determined to weaponize intolerance, racism, and nationalism for what they called the greater good. In a metaphorical sense, Hitler could easily be regarded as the son of Marx.

Over 50 memes were created for Killing History: The False Left-Right Political Spectrum. A few of them below.


In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action

Book by L.K. Samuels

Chaos gets a bad rap. Few people realize that without the dynamics of chaos, order would not exist. In fact, nothing would exist. Without chaos there would be no creation, no structure and no existence. After all, order is merely the repetition of patterns; chaos is the process that establishes those patterns. Without this creative self-organizing force, the universe would be devoid of biological life, the birth of stars and galaxies, and the singularity of matter and energy — everything we have come to know.

In Defense of Chaos examines why chaology provides a slew of scientific evidence that open-ended, adaptable and evolving systems work far better than closed-ended, inflexible ones. Not only do dynamic systems work better, but they foster self-determination, social harmony and a choice-driven society. The nature of the physical world favors the freedom for people to self-organize and self-govern without the interference of external command and control structures.

With the help of Quantum Mechanics and the Uncertainty Principle, chaos theory proves that the universe is not based on the old Newtonian physics of order and precision, but rather on probability and uncertainty. Events often arise by chance, with no more reliability than a pinball machine. The future leaves no footprints. The likelihood that the sun will come up each morning is just that – a high probability, not a certainty.

This is an important point to consider, because the denizens of the political deep end put their faith behind linear, deterministic structures that don’t allow for spontaneous order, decentralization or free choice by individual agents. Political linearists and control freaks not only fail to think outside the box; they would have us ban the box. Most political systems are inherently top-down vertical systems, predatory by nature, and are geared to suffocate any creativity within their sphere of influence.

In Defense of Chaos takes the reader far down the rabbit hole where few are willing to explore, pitting the “unstructured order” of chaos against the “structured order” of linear-based politics. The book not only exposes a new way of thinking, but shows why chaos theory and complexity science will revolutionize the social, political and economic structures of the world.

Available at Amazon.com — https://www.amazon.com/Defense-Chaos-Chaology-Politics-Economics/dp/1935942069

  • ISBN-10: 1935942069 e-book $9.99
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935942054 paperback $19.95


Facets of Liberty: A Libertarian Primer (second edition, 2009)

Facets of Liberty is an anthology about human freedom.  Many of the thought-provoking articles in the original edition came from the libertarian student movement in the 1960s and 1970s, before the rise of the Libertarian Party. Considered radical at the time, most were penned by well-known authors such as political adviser Karl Hess, entrepreneur Douglas Casey, law professor Butler D. Shaffer, philosopher Robert LeFevre, psychologist Thomas Szasz, Reason magazine founder Robert Poole, space industrialist Gary C. Hudson, individualist feminist Wendy McElroy, agorist Samuel Edward Konkin III, historian Richard J. Maybury, anarcho-capitalist and economist David Friedman, and many more, all selected and edited by L.K. Samuels. A great source explaining the different meanings of individual liberty and classical liberalism.
For this second edition, 12 new articles were added by several new authors including historian Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, economist David R. Henderson, blogger Martin Masse and TV commentator Mark Selzer.


Facetas de la Libertad: Un manual libertario

How was Facets of Liberty finally translated into Spanish?

Since the mid-1980s, many readers have urged us to make Facets of Liberty available to the Hispanic population. We agreed, but we had neither the funding nor a professional Spanish translator.

In 2019, a young and enthusiastic libertarian from Montevideo, Uruguay contacted Freeland Press. We mailed him a copy of Facets of Liberty: A Libertarian Primer. He liked our libertarian anthology of freedom so much that he contacted us about finding some way to get the book published in Spanish. I was enthusiastic but related our decade-old problem—we could not find a good translator. He took on the task and eventually found a “Certified Translator” in Uruguay with an MA in Translation, Paula A. Garbarino. We moved ahead.

We next searched for a patron to fund the publishing part of the project.  As hoped, we found the funding.  And with some fanfare, we published the Spanish edition of Facets of Liberty in 2021.


¡Facetas de la libertad ¡Al fin disponible en español!

¿Cuál es la posición libertariana en cuanto a impuestos, religión, política, feminismo, anarquía, drogas, medio oriente, política exterior y normas morales? Cualquiera sea la posición tomada, seguramente cause asombro, iluminación o conmoción.

Facetas de la libertad: Un manual libertariano proporciona un panorama general de la filosofía libertariana mediante una gran variedad de artículos accesibles. Muchos de estos ensayos son reediciones, algunos de semanarios libertarianos menos conocidos y otros de revistas más prestigiosas que datan de los años setenta. Varios ensayos se escribieron exclusivamente para esta colección.

FACETAS DE LA LIBERTAD: Un manual libertariano (Spanish Edition)

Editor y autor contribuyente, L.K. Samuels, Freeland Press 2021 Disponible en Amazon.com


Author explores context of commotion

By Lisa Crawford Watson – Monterey Herald – Sept. 5, 2022

   Lawrence Samuels is always thinking, wondering, imagining. A great fan of English author, journalist, and critic the late George Orwell—think “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”—Samuels explores extreme control or the lack of it, chaos, and dystopian social science forces that confound and control human life. And then he writes about it.

         His first book, “In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics, and Human Action” (2013), champions the dynamics of chaos, reminding that, without it, nothing would exist—good, bad or jury’s still out.

         “Chaos is a means of during something you’ve never done before. We’re uncomfortable with the chaotic,” he said, “but if we keep going back to it, we create order. Order is nothing but repetition. People need to accept this effort in order to do what we’ve never done before.”

Samuels has a propensity to look at things inside out, upside down, and backward, which enables him to better know, to understand, to make something of it. In 2019, he published “Killing History: The False Left-Right Political Spectrum and the Battle between the Free Left and the Statist Left” a tome which took nearly seven years to write.

“I had books stacked so high up for research,” he said, “I had to pair it down. Sometimes I’d pay $400 to $500 a book just to be sure a concept was true. I even bought books just for a single-page reference. What it all came down to is that almost everything about the political spectrum is dead wrong.”

Samuels was on a roll. Just over a year ago, he published “We Are Them: The Apocalypse Syndrome,” a dystopian novel that explores a small community, post “otherworldly explosion,” as citizens strive to make sense of a sudden and complete absence of order.

His newly released novel, “We Are Them: The War Years,” circa 2050, the story starts with a couple who begin to realize the discord in their relationship is nothing compared to the chaos of their community, which seems to be beyond resolve.

“There is a lot of mystery going on. But, as the protagonists start to see things more clearly,” said Samuels, “they begin to realize that America is the terrorist, against which the whole world is fighting. While it’s hard to get their heads around being the bad guys, it’s even harder to figure out what to do about it.”

Samuels loves movies and books, loves exploring stories that confound, stories where characters are confronted with an impossible situation. Whether they’re fearful or brave, resourceful or bewildered, he wants to see how they go about solving their problems. Therein lies the story.

“I love to conceive of strange characters in a strange situation, and see how they handle it,” he said. “I try to relate to humanity, to explore how they deal with fear and the unknown. I delve into what people do when they don’t understand what’s going on, when they don’t want to be involved, but they are.”

Samuels’ books are for minds that like to wander to the outer reaches of life as we know it, only to find that fiction just might be closer to fact than we imagine. The storyline behind “We Are Them” is chaotic and confusing. Which is the point.

Becoming an author

As an undergrad at Cal State Fullerton, Samuels gained writing experience exploring and explaining other people’s situations while working as a journalist for the Orange County Register. The more articles he wrote on deadline, the more he realized he wanted to take the time to write a full-length work. While he never lost sight of his goal, the practicalities of life intervened.

He married Jane Heider Samuels, who’d earned her MBA from USC and had become a programmer for Edwards Laboratory. Once she was expecting their first of two sons, she wanted to move to Carmel to live near her parents. He, who had established a typesetting graphics firm, took longer to relocate, waiting two years to sell a high-resolution company at the dawning of the digital age.

Once he came to Carmel, Samuels got his real estate license and went largely into property management. Today, the couple is retired, their sons are in their 30s, and they are enjoying a grandchild. Yet there is nothing retiring about researching and writing dystopian novels. Particularly since Samuels is already well into writing his third novel in what will be a “We Are Them” trilogy.

“I’ve promised my readers I would do a trilogy,” he said. “I’m always reading, exploring, trying to figure out how things work or don’t work. I really appreciate complex stories written simply. It seems my readers do, as well.”

L.K. Samuels’s books are available via Amazon.com.

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