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The Great Libertarian Offer Paperback – July, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-0965603690 ISBN-10: 0965603695 Edition: 1st

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Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne provides his answers to the questions asked by millions of Americans. -- (Publisher comments)

About the Author

Harry Browne was born in New York City on June 17, 1933, and grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from high school, but attended college for only two weeks. He has lived in Canada and Switzerland, and he now resides in Tennessee.

He was a successful investment advisor for 30 years. He first achieved fame in the 1970s when he wrote a series of investment books that showed Americans how to protect themselves from the recessions and inflation produced by the U.S. governments monetary policy. He foresaw the dollar devaluations and the rise in previous metals prices, and he showed investors how to profit from these events. His first two investment books, How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation and You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis, were New York Times bestsellers.

He wrote a total of 8 investment books, including Fail-Safe Investing, his final investment book, which was published in 1999.

In 1973 he wrote How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, a self-help book that shows individuals how achieve happiness and success by taking responsibility for their own lives. The book remains in demand today, almost three decades later.

In all, he has written 11 books that have sold more than 2 million copies.

He has been a popular public speaker since the 1960s, and has appeared on hundreds of national and local radio and television shows, in addition to hosting his own syndicated radio show.

In 1996 he was the Presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party. During the campaign, he traveled to 38 states and appeared on over a thousand radio and television programs. His approach to smaller government was praised in dozens of newspaper editorials and political columns. He won numerous Internet preference polls, and was endorsed for president by over a hundred radio talk show hosts, journalists, and publications.

His 1996 campaign book, Why Government Doesnt Work, spoke to Americans who felt frustrated by big government. It is still in print.

He is the Libertarian Candidate for President of the United States for the year 2000. See:

He has a grown daughter, Autumn, and in 1985 he married the former Pamela Lanier Wolfe. His main non-professional interests are classical music, opera, good food and wine, sports, television, and fiction.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Liam Works; 1st edition (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965603695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965603690
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By svf on July 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Would you give up your favorite government programs if it meant you never had to pay Income Tax again?"
Harry Browne, the 2000 Libertarian Presidential candidate, outlines his plan to dramatically reduce the size and scope of government in this excellent, interesting, and readable campaign book.
Using a format similar to that of his landmark best-seller, "How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World," Mr. Browne outlines practical proposals on how a Libertarian president would offer "Freedom from Crime," "Freedom from Moral Posturing," "Freedom from Income Taxes" and so much more.
A Libertarian constitutional government could be financed, demonstates Browne, on tarriffs and excise taxes alone, freeing us forever from Income and Social Security taxes.
Mr. Browne also demonstrates how ending the War On Drugs, repealing victimless crimes, and repealing gun control laws would actually reduce crime and end countless civil rights abuses.
He also argues for a strong national DEFense rather than a national OFFense meddling in other countries, dismantling unconstitutional government agencies (the CIA, DEA, FDA, BATF, and so forth) and ending government welfare for individuals, corporations, and of course political parties.
A wonderful update and elaboration on "Why Government Doesn't Work," his 1996 campaign book, Harry Browne's "The Great Libertarian Offer" should appeal to the converted Libertarian and the curious alike.
This book should have special appeal during this election season as more and more Americans become dissatisfied with the candidates offered up by the two major, and increasingly similar, political parties. The Libertarian alternative should be refreshing to those looking beyond the dysfuntional Green and Reform parties for a third choice.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cappello on July 15, 2000
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I didn't start out being cynical about politics and politicians. It is something I learned after being let down so many times. I didn't start out being pessimistic about the prospects for freedom. Looking around me---grasping reality---seemed to give me no choice. Then, I read Harry Browne's book, The Great Libertarian Offer. This book is gives me more optimism and hope for me and my children living in a society of peace and freedom than any other book I have ever read. The Great Libertarian Offer solves a riddle: How can the power of focused, well-funded special interest groups be defeated by millions of people who are too busy with daily life to lobby for constitutional government? With the Great Libertarian Offer, it can be done! Without resorting to moral arguments, Harry Browne has convinced me that he is as moral and wise a man as I have ever known. He consistently showed me that initiating force does not solve problems. He consequently has given me a potent tool for analyzing and synthesizing public policy. Whether the libertarian constraint on public policy---it cannot entail the initiation of force---is new to you or is something that you have investigated thoroughly, Harry Browne's book is a gift of fresh insights. His plain-spoken description of The Princples, and his chapters on drug prohibition, foreign policy, schools, crime, and moral posturing (among others) are each well worth the price of this book.
Here is a book that may well change the world. Have you ever read a book that is so good that you immediately bought several copies to give away. I haven't---until I read Harry Browne's The Great Libertarian Offer. I just bought five more copies from Amazon, and expect to buy more later.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Valenti on July 26, 2000
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Harry Browne continues his wonderful streak of books dedicated to liberty, libertarianism, and the free-market.
In his bid for the Presidency of the United States, he has been ignored by the mainstream media that caters to the pro-government Bush and Gore syndicate. In "The Great Libertarian Offer," Mr. Browne offers countless examples of the federal government's failure to keep promises and the resulting chaos of failed federal programs. After identifying the problems with government, he lists examples of tried free-market solutions that have brought prosperity and freedom to citizens worldwide.
Mr. Browne offers a logical and workable solution to problems that most politicians just ignore or sugar-coat. The great part about this book (and libertarianism) is the fact that this solution is very simple: get the federal government out of our lives.
While exploring this book, readers will pleasantly discover that Libertarian ideas mirror the ideas of our country's founders - ideas of liberty, privatization, and individual responsibility.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By on July 17, 2000
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In this book Harry Browne explains his Libertarian views on each major issue confronting the United States today. The book goes issue by issue and gives conscise steps to solve these problems with Libertarian values. He also details how he would restore liberty to the country if he were elected President. this restoration includes reduction of the government back to its Constitutionally defined level.
For those of us who are new to the Libertarian party it is an invaluable tool to more clearly define the party's platform. If you enjoy this book I would also recommend to you Charles Murray's "What it means to be a Libertarian: a personal interpretation". It also is an exceptional book for the Libertarian novice or expert.
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