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Individual Rights and Government Wrongs [Kindle Edition]

Brian Phillips
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Book Description

Politicians and pundits regularly decry the increasingly divisive nature of American politics. From the Tea Parties to Occupy Wall Street, Americans are not happy with their government and they are making their displeasure known. But what is causing this divide? And what is the solution?

Individual Rights and Government Wrongs examines two fundamentally different views regarding what type of nation America should be. Using examples from history and the contemporary world, this book looks at what happens when individuals are free and what happens when government intervenes in the lives of citizens. In every issue examined—mail delivery, education, roads, energy, land-use, employer/employee relations, and more, government intervention has led to higher costs, fewer choices for consumers, violations of individual rights, and destroyed lives. In contrast, freedom—the recognition and protection of individual rights—has led to economic progress, prosperity, and individual liberty.

Individual Rights and Government Wrongs challenges both conservatives and progressives. It rejects the notion that government intervention is ever practical or moral, no matter the issue, no matter the “general welfare” that will allegedly result, no matter the “will of the people.” If you are concerned about the future of America, Individual Rights and Government Wrongs will give you the intellectual ammunition you need to fight current trends.

Editorial Reviews


"Rich in historical examples, the book illuminates the diverse ways in which free individuals can solve social problems without government intervention." Eric Daniels, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, Clemson University

"Brian Phillips takes the fundamental principles of our Founding Fathers, which made America great, and interprets them in light of a modern industrial society.  Well worth reading." John Allison, Retired Chairman & CEO, BB&T, Distinguished Professor of Practice, Wake Forest University

"Brian Phillips... examines a broad range of areas where the government is inappropriately and ineffectively engaged in activities... and provides many eye-opening examples that demonstrate just how the areas have been successfully addressed without government." Jeri Eagan, former CFO, Shell Oil Company

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BEP Enterprises Incorporated (December 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006S08WGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for EVERY American! July 11, 2012
Whether you are an activist, voter, businessperson, property owner, sportsman, scientist, student, charity organizer, parent - in short, if you are a living human being - you will find Brian Phillips' "Individual Rights and Government Wrongs" to be a powerfully useful tool in the cause of standing up for your rights.

How do you get from abstract concepts and ideas about rights to the concrete, practical details of how government policies impact people's daily lives? That's what Brian does in this book!

As I was reading the book, I was amazed to see just how radically it expanded my knowledge of the application of the principle of individual rights. It was Brian's method of illustrating those applications that made this posssible. He presents a wide variety of real-life examples of various situations where a government can either violate your rights or uphold them - and shows the consequences of either course of action in each. By this means, Brian shows how the facts of actual reality give rise to specific principles. This allows Brian to explain various facets of a specific theory of individual rights - thus showing how that theory is grounded in actual reality.

It also enables Brian to show just exactly what does and does not actually qualify as a "right".

And he does all this without resorting to impenetrable gobbledy-gook, government-speak and legalese!

The specific theory of individual rights referred to by Brian is Ayn Rand's and is discussed by her in her essay, "Man's Rights" - originally published in her book "The Virtue of Selfishness". While Rand laid out the basics of her theory in her essay, Brian really fleshes it out by showing how every aspect of human existence demonstrates the need for individuals to have rights.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading February 24, 2012
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Brian Phillips offers a broad survey of so many ways in which government violates individual rights, but he doesn't stop at simply pointing out they myriad ways in which citizens are wronged by government. He also offers practical (and moral) solutions for the problems he identifies. The solutions offered are drawn from both the lessons of history and a vision for how a fully free society should operate.

Readers who are well-read students of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism will be familiar with some of the topics covered in the book, but there is enough new material/historical anecdotes to make the book both a great review of material one has read in the past, as well as a presentation of new arguments with facts to back them up.

Mr. Phillips' treatment of the issue of zoning alone is worth buying a copy of this book. In my opinion, it is the best section of the book, as one might expect given the author's bio.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book July 22, 2012
I thought Brian Phillips' book was wonderful and could hardly put it down. I was familiar with the basic concepts but was so enriched by all the practical examples he gave and learned a great deal. What I loved most was the fact that he didn't write it for the intellectually elite; he wrote it so that any layperson could fully grasp the problems and their solutions. I was actually brought to tears a couple times it is so brilliant. I read Henry Hazlitt's book "Economics in One Lesson" right before this. It is a good stepping stone to Brian's book, which takes the concepts further and deeper, but certainly no prerequisites are needed to fully understand Individual Rights and Government Wrongs. I especially enjoyed the chapters on racism, lobbyists and special interest politics. I will recommend this book to everyone I know. Good job, Brian.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A non-fiction mystery story (no spoilers here) March 11, 2012
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There are many Americans who are mystified by the current path of decline upon which this country seems to be heading. Mr. Phillips, with the thoroughness of a super sleuth, examines both historical and present day evidence, and ultimately indentifies the culprit.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rand did this years ago, and much better September 7, 2012
Read Rand. The moral case for capitalism and individual rights was made in 1957. Case closed. If only people would think. Use your minds.
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More About the Author

Brian Phillips has been actively defending individual rights for the past twenty-five years. He has successfully helped defeat attempts to implement zoning in Houston, Texas, and Hobbs, New Mexico. His writing has appeared in The Freeman, Reason, The Orange County Register, The Houston Chronicle, The Objective Standard, and dozens of other publications.

Brian has been a small business owner since 1986, and he has seen how government regulations and controls impede the ability of business owners to grow their business. He has written and lectured on the principles and ethics of business for trade publications and trade associations.


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