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I have read David Freddoso's Gangster Government, and David Limbaugh's Crimes Against Liberty. Mr. DePalma's work is better in many respects....In short, this is one of the few books I would consider a "Must Read" for members of TEA Party organizations... - Steven D. Laib, Intellectual Conservative


Tremendous writing, thorough research and a gifted story teller, Bart DePalma hit a home run with Never Allow a Crisis to Go to Waste. I love this book - Terresa Monroe-Hamilton, NoisyRoom.net

About the Author

Bart DePalma was born in Endicott, New York and spent most of his childhood moving around the country with his family. He served two tours in the Army, the last as an infantry and intelligence officer, and is a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Currently, DePalma balances a law practice in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with writing books and articles on the Citizen Pamphleteer blog. He and his wife Brenda live in Woodland Park, Colorado, where you might find them hiking with their dogs. Follow @BartDePalma
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B Squared Press, LLC (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615537871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615537870
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,764,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bart DePalma was born in Endicott, New York and spent most of his childhood moving around the country with his family. He served two tours in the Army, the last as an infantry and intelligence officer, and is a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Currently, DePalma balances a law practice in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with writing books and articles on the Citizen Pamphleteer blog. He and his wife Brenda live in Woodland Park, Colorado, where you might find them hiking with their dogs.

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I received this book as a gift, along with Capitalism 101. Of the two I prefer this one.

On the positive side, both books represent a growing body of citizens who understand that big government is very much alike to central government, and both are forms of fascism / socialism that are bad for the majority.

On the negative side, neither book seems to appreciate the fact that the Republican Party is every bit as corrupt as the Democratic Party.

Being already predisposed to agree with the author on the fundamentals, I found the book interesting but disconnected from a great deal of what I have been working on, including transparency, truth, and trust. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are corrupt; both have been busy borrowing a trillion dollars a year in our name while seeking to regulate our lives into misery.

There is a place for limited government, and a vital role: keeping business honest. Trust lowers the cost of doing business. The two-party tyranny has corrupted America, turned America into The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead.

The books well researched with many interesting notes, and it has an index [the same is not true of Capitalism 101, which is more like a bunch of personal stories bundled together.]

Where I have a problem with books like this (agreeing with the author on the basics) is in the denial of the raw fact that the Republicans have done as much if not more than the Democrats to loot the Republic, they just work in a different way.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on January 3, 2012
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I was kind of worried about reading this book. I figured it would be old hat. It's actually superb and Bart DePalma does a sensational job in explaining contemporary socialist strategy. I never knew what asymmetrical socialism was, but after reading this it explains a great deal of what's going on in 2012.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It turned out to be great. Attorney Bart DePalma does a fantastic job explaining socialism, discussing full socialism, de facto socialism, and asymmetric socialism. He also explains the harm being done by the living wage, social justice, and eco-socialism. He does a wonderful job explaining the 2008 housing crisis. Best of all, I believe what he writes as he included 750 footnotes. He is as scientific and factual as you can get on these topics.
Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.
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Author of Anthem against Obama
Anthem against Obama
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 11, 2012
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Barack Obama's presidency has been marked by controversy right from its beginning. Many in America and around the world had perceived Obama as a transformational candidate, one that will bring to an end partisan politics and reestablish America's credential and high reputation around the globe. After three years of his presidency it is possible to evaluate how far have these hopes been fulfilled, and what kind of president is Obama really. In "Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste" Bart DePalma makes a very detailed, well-supported, and convincing argument that Barack Obama is indeed what many of his critics, as well as many ardent supporters, have thought of him all along: a socialist.

DePalma goes into considerable detail exploring many of the Obama's moves and policies since taking office. He also explores Obama's previous connections, activities, and affiliations - that is, as much as those have been made available to the general public. The introductory parts of the book are dedicated to the general subject of socialism in the US, something that those both on the left and the right are not too familiar with. This is primarily due to the fact that unlike many other countries, socialism never really thrived in America. At least not in its most conspicuous and obvious form. To fully explore the reasons for this state of affairs would take as too far astray. The socialist leaning left has been aware of this situation for a while, and it has devised numerous strategies and tactics for introducing socialist policies into the mainstream of the US politics under the more acceptable names and labels ("social justice," "fairness," etc.) Viewed in this context, Obama is the perfect outgrowth of this particular strain of socialism adapted to the North American conditions.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chuck DeVore on April 6, 2012
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Bart DePalma's "Never Allow a Crisis To Go To Waste," is named after the unintentionally illuminating post-election comments of President Obama's then chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago mayor. Emanuel was referring to the opportunity Obama had to remake America, as he said immediately following, crises, "...are opportunities to do big things."

Just what those "big things" are DePalma explores in gripping detail, taking the reader through the history of the President's mentors, from socialist goals, both hidden and open, and methods, both violent and working within "the system." Once the animating core philosophy of Obama and those closest to him are understood, DePalma's carefully-researched, lawyerlike book unfolds like a legal brief (there are 750 endnotes). He sets out each major administration initiative, how it fits within a worldview, how it was implemented, and what it will accomplish towards remaking America.

One key service DePalma does is to explain the nature of socialism and socialist objectives and political strategy. He debunks the notion that the only form of socialism is that of government ownership of the means of production, pointing out that even the Soviet Union under Lenin allowed a large degree of private ownership - while using taxes, regulation, and various means of government control to reduce owners and managers to the status of mere civil servants.

DePalma labels the achieving of socialist ends via non-socialist methods "Asymmetric Socialism." And, as a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, DePalma certainly knows a thing or two about the effectiveness of asymmetric methods in winning any struggle. He opens the chapter on "Asymmetric Socialism" with a quote from Sun Tzu, "If (the enemy) is in superior strength, evade him...
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