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American Empire Before the Fall Paperback – July 4, 2010
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As an avid Ron Paul supporter, I was pleased to see that Mr. Fein struck a chord on all the right notes, particularly foreign policy. This topic is of incredible relevance today with the "war" in Afghanistan. The book discusses how America lost its principles of a humble foreign policy to a neo-con's wet-dream of hundreds of military bases around the world in a perpetual state of war... a boon to the military-industrial complex.
Another pillar of Fein's work is the topic of economics and the free-market system versus centralized/government-run markets. He makes the case that America has spent itself into oblivion at the hands of both Democratic and Republican controlled administrations.
A wonderful read for true conservatives who respect the Constitution, limited government, a humble foreign policy, and fiscal responsibility. This book is a great wake-up call and slap in the face to every tax-and-spend liberal as well as war-mongering neo-cons, both of whom seem to be sprinting towards tyrannical government control.
Fein leaves little room for bickering or finger-pointing as he slices into key moments of history (like the Mexican-American War) to illustrate as clearly as possible the shift the nation took from Republic to Empire. He does nothing to defend the defilers of the Constitution and picks out the worst culprits in our descent to Empire, their part in history laid bare -- such as John Adams' signing of the Alien and Sedition Act -- proving Madison and Jefferson right in their desire to restrain the Executive when even a Founding Father would abuse powers not granted him by the Constitution.
Fein unrepentingly targets the Executive, the Legislative, and Judicial branches, outlining their missteps with quotes from the wonderful Federalist Papers and from our Founding Fathers to set the tone for how the American Republic was meant to be, and through the darkness lights a candle of hope that we could one day reclaim the greatness America was meant for -- but only if we are willing to collectively take a stand and seize the powers granted to us by the Constitution over government.Read more ›
Fein packs a lot into a text of under 200 pages. He shows how presidential power and the executive branch as a whole have expanded relentlessly since 9/11. He traces the roots of our corrupted foreign policy into the 19th century, and shows how the imperial urge grew stronger in the 20th. He also describes the prudent alternative contained in the nation's "Charter Documents" -- by which he means not only the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, but also key foreign-policy speeches of George Washington and John Quincy Adams. All along, he rebuts arguments asserting that empire was necessary or inevitable. Far from being essential to America's freedom and prosperity, our hyperintervetionist foreign policy undermines constitutional liberties at home and breeds enmity abroad.
The book is an excellent introduction to contemporary non-interventionist thinking. As such, it will be useful not only to libertarians and antiwar conservatives, but also to liberals and hawkish conservatives who want to understand this neglected tradition.
Fein finally offers a glimpse of real change in a revolution of liberty. It ends a tragedy with a silver lining, which will hopefully go a long way in bringing us back to liberty... or else.
JSBM, Author "Gods of Ruin: A Political Thriller"
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Just doesn't grab your curiosity because the writing style is so trite, rather boring.Published 15 months ago by Mr. Farrokh Khodadadi
This is an excellent "read" if you're into American history (both domestic and international). Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by James T. McBride
Very truthful. The artwork on the cover is good. It covers a lot that the common man doesn't know, however most things inside I was already familiar with by following alternate... Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Gary W. Price
Bruce explains step by step starting from the Mexican American War how American steadily changed from the constitutional republic our founding father gave us to a type of empiric... Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Ghostrunner
"If the truth is to unbelievable, it will be labeled a conspiracy" This Author breaks this rule and goes deep into the reasons behind where we are at this point in history. Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by US Army Veteran
Mr. Fein has much to say on Presidents past and present regarding the nation's fall from republic to empire, but he missed the biggest empire builder of them all. Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by V. Protopapas
Bruce Fein has performed a great service to his country. His book is a candid appraisal of the United States decades long meddlesome involvement in the affairs of sovereign nations... Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Christopher Czechowski
This book is very enlightening from start to finish. It brings to light the real intentions of the American Empire with specific historical events. Mr. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Ly
Constitutional scholar Fein begins a sobering analysis, with 'where we are now' and explicates the principles of the beginning of America. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by Joseph Elkhorne