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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.; 1St Edition edition (December 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159955934X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559346
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating book" --Representative Ron Paul
"A stellar achievement" --Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D.
"Thought provoking and enlightening" --Jonathan Johnson, President Overstock.com
"I will never view political issues the same after reading this book." --Greg Wright, Author, Satan's War on Free Agency

About the Author

Connor Boyack is a web developer, political economist, and social media consultant focused on advancing the cause of liberty. Best known for his blog at connorboyack.com, he currently serves as the state coordinator for the Tenth Amendment Center in Utah. He is a frequent guest on radio shows and regularly publishes opinion pieces in a variety of newspapers and websites. A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.

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Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute, a public policy think tank in Utah. In that capacity, he has spearheaded important policy reforms dealing with property rights, civil liberties, transparency, surveillance, and education freedom.

Connor's work has been publicly praised by many nationally recognized figures, and he frequently appears in local, national, and international interviews to publicize and comment on his work.

A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.

Customer Reviews

This is a book that all latter-day saints should read.
MotorolaDave
I am going to buy Mr. Connor's second book when it becomes available.
Amazon Customer
Mr. Boyack has written a thoughtful, well reasoned book.
Gazelam

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By MotorolaDave on December 22, 2011
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Six months ago I was completely apathetic when it came to anything that had to do with politics. Connor's book has helped to cure my apathy. I love this book. In my opinion this is a must read for all liberty lovers out there!

Prior to reading Connor's book I was browsing the internet one day and came across an article written by Mark Skousen entitled, "Persuasion vs. Force." I was so impressed by Skousen's words that I decided I better take a more serious approach to understanding the constitution and finding the correct ways in which to support liberty. After a great deal of learning and searching I ended up finding a talk written by Ezra Taft Benson in which he defines beautifully the proper role of the government. Even so, I still found myself with a lot of unanswered questions.

After reading both Skousen's and Benson's political views I found myself motivated to search for liberty minded individuals that I could grow and learn from. I stumbled upon Connor's website and found out he had written a book on the very subject of the issues that I had so many questions about. I was even more happy to find that the both Benson and Skousen's articles which were so influential to me were both included in his book!

I have since read through his entire book twice and I absolutly love it! This is a book that all latter-day saints should read. Connor is a brilliant thinker/writer - you won't be sorry once you order this book.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Geoff B on November 21, 2011
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I have never met Connor Boyack. We are friends on Facebook, and I enjoy his blog Connor's Conundrums, which deals with politics from a Mormon perspective. Let there be no doubt: Connor is a real libertarian, not a mamby-pamby fly-by-night libertarian like somebody like me. He hates the state with a passion, and could correctly be described as a Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist. He is anti-war, anti-state and pro-market, but most importantly pro-liberty.

But the truth is that we are living in the age of libertarianism, mostly because all of the predictions made by people like Rothbard are becoming true literally before our eyes. There is no way of understanding our current economic malaise (in my opinion) without understanding the key role of monetary policy in creating stagflation and without understanding that business cycles are inevitable. Markets must be allowed to clear. Government intervention, as we have seen with TARP and the many bailouts, only makes things worse, and at the end of the day it is the poor and the middle-class workers who suffer the most while the well-connected profit from our misery. Meanwhile, we are seeing the folly and horror of endless wars and the loss of our civil liberties.

Connor's positions make many intellectual Mormons very uncomfortable. He is clearly a smart guy, but he is so darned dogmatic. And he seems to think he know the answer to everything. And he is so consistent, always arguing for more liberty and less government. Doesn't he know the world is much more complicated than he claims? And doesn't he know that all good Mormons must always be in favor of more government to show they actually care about the poor.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 26, 2012
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This is a brilliant book. The author is logical, calm, and connects the dots all through the book. I never get the sense at any point that he's simply ranting. It's very well written, and very thoroughly researched, using both LDS sources and sources outside the LDS faith. This is a challenging book. I think I got smarter just trying to read it.

This book is stimulating. I would be hard pressed to find someone who can read this book and not seriously ponder the connections between all truths, both spiritual and temporal, and how al truths cross such barriers. For example, if unrighteous dominion is wrong between within the family or between neighbors, it is also wrong between government and people or between nations.

I highly recommend this book to people of all walks of life and faith. This has something for everyone to learn. I am going to buy Mr. Connor's second book when it becomes available.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric on January 9, 2012
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Masterfully written, Connor Boyack underlines the principles of sound government using powerful examples from the Constitution, the Scriptures, Latter-Day Prophets and from our Founding Fathers. Truly, it is an objective approach, yet asserts a compelling case.

Few books that I have read have had a distinct residual impression as "Latter-Day Liberty" has. My expectations have been greatly exceeded.

This should be basic curriculum for Latter-Day Saints who have a great love for Constitutional principles. I will be recommending it highly based on its own merits.

I expect this book to grow in importance and to become a foundational pillar of LDS political thought in years to come.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua J. Steimle on January 6, 2012
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Disclaimer: I know the author personally. We're not good buds, we've never hung out at each other's house, but I've met with him a few times for lunch and we communicate a bit online.

That said, I wouldn't be here reviewing the book if I didn't think it stood on its merits. Frankly, I wasn't expecting anything too amazing. I am generally let down by any work of literature coming from the LDS population, and given that this was of a political nature and people tend to get emotional and lose their sense of logic and reason with such matters you might expect this to be sub-par even when compared to the body of extant LDS literature. My only caveat was that having following Boyack's blog, I knew he was capable of coming up with good stuff.

I am most of the way through the book now, and I've been pleasantly surprised. The book is well organized, clearly written, and gets its message across with a reasoned approach that is anything but emotionally charged. For the converted libertarian who is also LDS, it is a great tool to supplement efforts to convert one's family members and friends who might be a bit confused about the libertarian message.

In my opinion there is minor room for improvement in that I think a later part of the book that talks about the Libertarian Party might be moved towards the front of the book to clarify the distinction between Libertarians and libertarians, the Libertarian Party vs. libertarian principles, and all the other different strains of libertarianism (green, limited government vs. anarcho capitalists, etc.).

One challenge the book faces is that it requires the reader to have some level of intellectual understanding and at least a minimal background in US history, economics, etc. This is not "Libertarianism for Dummies".
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