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Don Watkins is one of today’s most vocal opponents of the entitlement state, and coauthor, with Yaron Brook, of the national bestseller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. A fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, Don studies Social Security, entitlements, and the moral foundations of capitalism. He is a host of the weekly podcast on the entitlement state, The Debt of Dialogues. You can find Don’s work at www.EndOfTheDebtDraft.com and follow him on twitter at @dwatkins3

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ayn Rand Institute (June 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979466172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979466175
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Watkins is a best-selling author and one of today's most vocal opponents of the welfare state. A fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, Don studies Social Security, entitlements, and the moral foundations of capitalism. He is a host of the weekly podcast on the entitlement state, The Debt of Dialogues. You can find Don's work at www.EndTheDebtDraft.com and follow him on twitter at @dwatkins3.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George C. Taylor on March 9, 2015
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Interesting and love the prospective. The author has a point and a point that could and likely should be applied, but likely will not see the light of day. Prior to Social Security, self-reliance was a virtue. Today, self-reliance is seldom mentioned. Individualism, hard work and perseverance are not virtues promoted or espoused in our society. Dependence, victimhood and government intrusion in our daily lives seems to be a growing problem. This is the land of opportunity where you are given the freedom to pursue your own self-interest for you and your family and if you choose your community. The growing national debt and the failure of our political system, those members of Congress and the Presidency to address this problem will leave little for the generation today. The unfunded mandates according to the author are 205 trillion dollars. In the next 10-20 years; we'll see if Social Security; how it was originally promoted by FDR and currently managed was worth it to the masses. Bernie Madoff was prosecuted and jailed for a Ponzi scheme perpetrated on investors who lost thousands and millions (buyer beware!). How does this differ when it is the US Government doing the same? Let me answer, the power to tax and the power to take away those supposed benefits. Social security is not a saving program, you have no account number and you have no ownership of what you and your employer have contributed. Currently, at 12.4% of your salary each pay period being taken from you through payroll taxes, surely you could find a better means of investing it on your own behalf without giving it over to the US government for safekeeping??? Too bad, as a People we haven't demanded those funds be re-deposited in our name, in an account we control and own. Yikes, that means privatizing the account.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert E Heaster on February 4, 2015
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Great read. Full of detailed history. Watkins lays out a strong case for abolition of the entitlement state, and affirms your gut feelings about where the country went wrong, and where we are headed. This is a must read for all Libertarians, Conservatives, and anyone running for office.

America succeeded in the last century not because of Progressivism, but despite it. It was just the last gasps of freedom as the entitlement state was choking the corpse of the once self-reliant United State. Our forefathers fled Europe to escape these egalitarian, cradle to grave ideas. To live and breath free in a land where the right to live free was held as the highest virtue after Godliness.

It's time to take the fight to the Left. There ideas died back with Plato's Republic.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karl G. Kowalski on August 6, 2014
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Gives a good account of the rise of Social Security as the Progressive policy it is, from its origins in the 19th century to its enactment in 1935, and then follows it through its socialist existence up to the present time.

Social Security - which covers Welfare, Retirement, Unemployment, Health Insurance, etc. - was enacted in 1935 because of lies and propaganda smeared by the Progressive leaders who were intent on acquiring power over the American people, as if we were all just pawns on a chessboard. Don Watkins traces the history of Social Security and shines a bright light on the lies and myths that its proponents used to get it passed.

Beyond that, Watkins offers a means of hope, as well as some suggestions for the future. For such a short book, this is a great read.

If you want to learn more about the primary destruction of American values, this is a great book.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ron Housley on July 11, 2014
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Roosevelt Care: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance
(A short Book Report by Ron Housley)

The Abolitionist movement grew slowly for over 50 years before it finally culminated in the Civil War.

But, the Abolitionists succeeded because they had right on their side; because they commanded the moral high ground; because their cause was clearly stated in moral terms.

Don Watkins is contending that no less of a moral crusade is what it will take for the new Abolitionists to end our decline into national welfare state suicide.

These new crusaders will have to convince the world how current-day slavery is immoral; they will have to color in the details of what a self-reliant nation would again look like — all the while maintaining awareness that they are only in the raw infant stages of any would-be crusade to resurrect the America which we have lost.

As noble as their cause may be, this time it will take a miracle to wake the sleeping giant, because this time the giant has been heavily sedated with a steady diet of welfare handouts. Millions of low information voters are not ready to even consider that they may be caught up in an immoral nightmare.

The basic message of Roosevelt Care rings true: that only some sort of moral crusade can make any difference.

The crusade needs a few basic talking points; I agree that they need to be MORAL talking points; and if a real cultural movement is to develop, a strategic plan wouldn’t hurt.

The moral crusade against entitlement slavery needs its own counterpart to Saul Alinsky and to Cloward & Piven.
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