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Seven Principles of Good Government: Gary Johnson on Politics, People and Freedom: Insights from the 2012 Libertarian Party Nominee for P Paperback – August 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Lake Publishing (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563439131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563439131
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Johnson is the former two-term governor of New Mexico. He is a champion marathon runner, who has climbed Mt. Everest. He's a father of two, who built a small handyman business into one of the largest construction companies in the Southwest. In 2012, he is the Libertarian Party candidate for President of the United States...and says he won't necessarily stop his campaign after the November elections.

Customer Reviews

With really big font and only 154 pages, this can be read in 2 hours.
Realistik
Good book by a respectable politician, somewhat repetitive but a nice and easy read.
Kurt Archer
If you are a Libertarian, the book will reaffirm your political views.
T. Herburger

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jared Lord on August 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a longtime supporter of Governor Johnson, and a volunteer for the campaign for nearly a year now, I was waiting for this book to come out. I devoured the advance copy I purchased at the Libertarian National Convention in May over the course of two days. This is no-nonsense, common sense solutions to our national issues, by someone who has actually fixed many of these issues at the state level. This book doesn't have the air self-importance "I know better than you" that you tend to see from presidential candidates. Instead, it reads very conversationally. While I would consider it required reading for all supporters and volunteers, I would recommend it more to those who don't know who Gary is, or what his platform is about. You may agree with some or all of it, or you may disagree with some or all of it, but in order to do that you will have to think about the issues rather than simply choose a party line based on who you dislike the least. Excellent read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Meehan on August 29, 2012
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"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community is to prevent harm to others. His own good, physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant."

The famous British philosopher and statesman John Stuart Mill may have said it (circa 1840s?), but I conclude from his book that former NM Governor Gary Johnson clearly believes it, and it's a principle by which he would govern us. As he explains early in this quick-punch summary of who and why he is, government should not be trying to save money doing things governments aren't supposed to be doing in the first place. This really hits home with the following bullets: The government spends $25 billion a year maintaining vacant federal property; sell it, tear it down, or give it away, but stop spending taxpayers' money on it. The government spends $10 billion a year on travel; the president should send a memo directing all federal employees to cut their trips in half; few taxpayers would notice any difference, and we've saved $5 billion right there. There are $10-20 billion sitting in government accounts appropriated from taxpayers years ago but never obligated for any purpose; with the stroke of a pen, that money is rescinded... Then there's the War on Drugs; Q. What have we got for all the billions spent? A. Overburdened courts, overcrowded prisons, and deteriorating violent crime deriving from the illicit drugs trade. It's time for a new approach. End the war on drugs, decriminalize marijuana, and find ways to deal with addiction as a health issue, not a crime (Gov Johnson briefly cites the success of such programs in Europe).

The whole book reads like that; short, sharp, 'here's the problem and here's the solution and why' - businesslike prose. No waffle, no nonsense.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hedonist on August 14, 2012
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I had the opportunity to meet Governor Johnson earlier this year and talk with him about his ideas for the Libertarian party, libertarians (big "L" and small "l") and what he'll do if elected. This book is a great distillation of his ideas and - as the title says - principles of good government.

I hope that people who aren't familiar with either the Governor or the Libertarian party will approach this book with an open mind, and then vote their conscience this November if what he stands for makes sense to them.

Live Free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert burgess on March 8, 2013
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great read! Not only is it a good read and outlines 7 principles of good govt but it also outlines how to be a good honest respectable person. This is a must read and is also what we should expect out of our government
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Just A Review on September 10, 2012
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This short book provides a level of openness rare among politicians. And, more rarely, Johnson is too busy living his life and running a campaign to go on and on for pages about his greatness.

Unlike other politicians, this book is short and concise (beware big font and few words per page, quick read). I have trouble agreeing with all his positions, but the book goes beyond politics to stories of staying fit and life lessons-- such as: acknowledge mistakes immediately, "always do more than you say you'll do", "determine your goal, develop a plan, than execute it", communication is key,

And: "Business is about 'best product, best service, lowest price'. If you can combine all three of those elements, then you're successful. Period."

As Republican Governor of New Mexico (in a blue state) he vetoed 750 bills, advocated for school vouchers and started Public-Private Partnerships, one of which was to build 500 miles of 4-lane highways to ensure every city over 30,000 people was connected, and he had an open door policy for 6 hours every 3rd Thursday evening for anyone in the state to talk directly to him for 5 minutes! Hid dad would say that Gary actually does the things he talks about. Powerful words.

Finally, it is refreshing to read a book from a national politician that says over and over again things like "I strongly believe in less government"!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Hill on August 16, 2012
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While there are some serious formatting issues, I was able to read this and get what was intended out of it. While you may not agree with all his positions, you'll leave thinking, "he's got a damn good point."
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