Julian Raven: Odious and Cerberus: An American Immigrant’s Odyssey And His Free-Speech Legal War Against Smithsonian Corruption

"For more than 170 years, Americans have been enriched by the Smithsonian Institution's incredible archive of artifacts, displays, and knowledge in every field. This excellent resource was bequeathed to the American people by a mysterious English benefactor. However, today the Smithsonian is curated by some whose motives are not in harmony with the benefactor's will or the people the Institution was intended to serve. What began as a project "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge" has become yet another tool of ideologues who, along with mainstream media, academia, the arts, and other institutions, are dedicated to shaping our knowledge with an invisible hand to further an un-American cultural end.

Institutional transparency and clarity of mission are essential in protecting against those corrupt deeds that thrive under cover of darkness and confusion. In the case of the Smithsonian Institution, we find a conundrum of identity resulting in smoke and mirrors that enables a culture of corruption. It is uniquely ill-defined as a legal entity, which has been an open door for opportunists since its founding. Due to the efforts of dedicated members of Congress seeking Smithsonian accountability, we have been given a glimpse into some of the more recent examples of this corruption. We have good reason to be concerned, considering the bloated budget and influence of the Smithsonian.

In the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution, the founders spelled out a protection for the people of the United States against restricted speech. At the time of its writing, Americans had just broken free from England and declared their independence as a new nation. On the heels of this cataclysmic new birth, the founders looked not to government but to God and natural law as the highest source of authority in guarding freedom of thought, expression, and conscience. Congress shall make no law abridging free speech.

You are about to read a quintessentially American story about one man, an immigrant from England, and his struggle against a powerful institution. Was Raven's unalienable right of speech abridged-forbidden by Smithsonian curators with a political axe to grind-and his right to due process curtailed? This is a story about every American who seeks fairness, free speech, and due process of law. Raven's story cuts to the very heart of America's founding values of liberty for all. What will Lady Justice say in the contest between the influential, moneyed, and conveniently ill-defined Smithsonian Institution and one man backed by the Bill of Rights?" Craig Shirley, acclaimed historian and author

“...a funny, revealing, and entertaining story of one man’s struggle against overwhelming odds.” Laurence Jarvik, Film Director and author of the expose’- ‘PBS: Behind The Screen’

“Julian Raven’s Odious and Cerberus is as timely a book as can be.” Dr. Richard Von Sternberg, Evolutionary Biologist

“Your work is brilliant, no wonder the Smithsonian stiffed you!” Bill Donohue, The Catholic League

“Anyone who enjoys David & Goliath stories should read Julian Raven’s Odious and Cerberus.” Scott Douglass Gerber, Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University and author of, among other books, A Distinct Judicial Power: The Origins of an Independent Judiciary, 1606-1787

“Julian tells an epic tale of a vision quest...part Odysseus, part Don Quixote...” Jim Boden, Professor emeritus, Coker College, South Carolina

"Julian Raven is an 18-wheeler crashing through our timorous barriers. Odious and Cerberus is a forceful love letter to America.” Ashok Panikkar, Founder, Meta-Culture, Thinking and, Human Engagement

“Bold!, Entertaining!... Raven’s love for God and country are inspiring!” Dr. Cary Shaw, Head of School at Twin Tiers Christian Academy, Breesport, New York

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