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Author of controversial book says, 'Bring it on!'
Ed Krigbaum of Ceres is ready to take on criticism and ready for a new form of government as he awaits the release of his political book that is sure to ruffle a few feathers.

The book is a first for Krigbaum, who has been studying economics, American history and world history for the last 15 years, began writing "Relentless: The Socialist Attack on American Freedom" three years ago and completed it just prior to the recent presidential election. In the book, he explains to readers the difference between socialism, capitalism, communism and fascism; and states that there are only two systems of government available, one that emphasizes the rights of the individual and one that benefits the government or the collective.

"I never intended to write a book," Krigbaum said. "Writing was just an exercise to get a bunch of thoughts running in my head, out of my head."

He became increasing interested in politics after studying economics in the early 1970s. What Krigbaum would uncover in his research would lead to changes in his political beliefs. He was a Democrat, became a Republican, then left the Republican party in 2008 to join the American Independent Party.

As a member of the American Independent Party, he would come to befriend Alan Keyes, Former Ambassador to the U.N. and three-time American Independent Party candidate for the presidency. Keyes is writing the foreword for "Relentless: The Socialist Attack on American Freedom," which has been picked up by a publisher, and will be going to print in February. Within the same month, it will be available at bookstores nationwide, including Borders and Barnes & Noble and online retailers like Amazon.

As its title implies, Krigbaum takes an anti-Socialist stance within the text.

"The Socialist movement has taken a hold of our education system since 60's. Since then, two or three generations have been indoctrinated with Socialism. We are really in danger of losing our freedoms totally. Our financial meltdown and election underscores that. This book describes how Socialists have gotten control of our country, where its headed and what we can do about it," he said.

In "Relentless: The Socialist Attack on American Freedom," Krigbaum hopes to convince readers that in elections, Democrats are running as Republicans; Socialists have gained a foothold in the American government and that a growing number of economic and scientific issues are becoming political issues.

"The Socialist movement destroys capitalism and free enterprise. It has corrupted the political process and can destroy our whole system of government. I want readers to understand what's been happening in this country and that we are in danger of losing the precious freedoms that our Founding Fathers left for us," Krigbaum said.

He plans to write and release three more books in the coming years, in accordance with public perception of the government's actions. Two of them, "America's Need for a Third Party" and "Let's Take Our Country Back," will be sociopolitical commentaries like "Relentless: The Socialist Attack on American Freedom." The third, to be released prior to or following "America's Need for a Third Party" and "Let's Take Our Country Back" will be a fictional story based on the contents of all of his other books.

For now, Krigbaum is focusing on "Relentless: The Socialist Attack on American Freedom." He shares that the 18-chapter book covers six to eight issues and discusses amendments, but assures readers it will not be daunting, even to those unfamiliar with political text.

"It is not dry reading. My examples are very close to home for people. They can understand it. This book is not dull. I am a civil-minded person and think in simple ways. This book is fast moving, yet it explains complex ideas... I want it to reach millions of people. It is the only way we're going to change this system."

Well aware that his opinions will garner disapproval from some parts of society, Krigbaum said, "Well, bring it on! I figure, in today's society, about 30 percent of people are going to hate me, 30 percent are going to love me and 20 percent will line up one way or another. During the Revolution, 30 percent sided with the Founding Fathers, 30 percent sided with the Brits and only seven percent actually fought the war and defeated this big power across the pond. Thirty percent know they want to live in freedom so once another 20 percent are convinced, we can kick these buggers out."

Krigbaum will be holding a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Modesto within a week of the book's release.