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Government Is Good: An Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution Paperback – November 10, 2011
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He takes the unusual approach of looking closely at what government actually does, reminding us of the many, many ways in which each of us--on a daily basis--benefit from and depend on government. He shows, among other things, how government protects our rights and safety as workers and consumers; how it promotes home ownership, retirement security, infrastructure development, educational advancement, equality of opportunity, and economic growth; how it combats poverty, discrimination, disease, air and water pollution, and other social problems; and how it compensates for the persistent and nowadays all-too obvious failures of the market. It is easy to complain about government, but the reality is this: if anti-government forces continue to get their way, the lives of most Americans will become immeasurably worse.
In defending government, Amy is not saying that everything government does it does well, and he certainly believes there is a great deal of room for improvement. But the problem with government is not government itself, and the problem is not what conservative critics say it is--that government is the natural enemy of freedom, or that government bureaucracy is inevitably inefficient and wasteful, or that Americans are overtaxed.Read more ›
Terry Sarigumba, Ph. D.
Fortunately, Doug Amy has published this terrific book that underscores the need for government, points to numerous ways we're better off as a result of government, and offers real life examples for how we can improve government.
The book parallels Amy's popular [...]. And, like the website, the book is readable, engaging, and easy to understand. There's no propaganda or mindless ideology. Just a strong case for why government is crucial for our daily lives.
"Amy refuses to answer basic ethical questions like, ""is it okay to force people to pay for things they don't want, don't need, never asked for and/or are morally opposed to?"" with a straight answer of ""yes"" or ""no;"" instead he waffles around seeking to support a hideous idea: that one group of people has the right to dominate another by force."
My initial reaction to this assertion was: Right on D. Barbieri!! Why should criminals be taxed to support the police or pacifists be taxed to support the military or people who don't believe in education or public works be taxed to support public education, build public roads and highways, and maintain public parks they will never use?
What right does the majority have to force taxes on those who "don't want, don't need, never asked for and/or are morally opposed to" the police and the military and public education or public roads and highways and parks? If we could just get rid of the government we would all be free to hire our own police and create our own militaries and our own schools and roads and highways and parks, and we wouldn't have to worry about any one group of people dominating another by force.
Lord knows that only governments use force. It's not as if free individuals or groups of free individuals ever use force to take what they want in the absence of government to do their bidding! It's not as if we actually need the police to keep the peace and the government to protect our rights from marauding bands of criminals! If we could just get rid of government there would never be the use of force by one group against another in our society.Read more ›
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"Government is Good" is, from the title to the last sentence, a clear, insightful, and passionate account of the role that government has played in our country and how it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AZtruthteller
About time somebody pointed out how absurd the antigovernment rhetoric truly is. Amy does a great service, although I fear the people who really need to read this will not do so,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Trajen
An excellent book to dispel the myth of "rugged individualism" so prevalent in our society. Give it to anyone you know who does not recognize the importance of government... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Frank J. Bove
"Professor" Douglas J. Amy, writes a book entitled "Government is Good: An Unapologetic defense of a vital institution". In the book he fails to A. Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Jesse G.
"Professor" Amy spends the entire book going on about how without government we'd basically be diper wearing retards in helmets. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Dave Phillips
The very title of this book is deceitful. Amy does not actually think government is good. He thinks that government is good when people he likes (Democrats) are in charge, and... Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by M. Peinovich
I just wish there were more pictures of all the government sponsored genocide, famine, and tyranny! Then this might be a book worth buying. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by RP
Finally, almost all arguments for an intelligent defense of democratic government in one book. Intelligent points are written to show the infantile minds of libertarians and... Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by visionary
Actually, my book hasn't arrived yet, but as I proof-read the web site, I'm pretty familiar with the content. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by J. Greenough