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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147000626X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470006266
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ending 'Big SIS'"...is that rarest of books, the kind which tells you things you've long suspected about big government but had never systematically put together.... Whether the present is up to the task [of keeping the Republic] is an open question.... And there is no better guide for understanding it...."
-- Belmont Club (PJMedia)


"Big-SIS is a bloated and obnoxious bully. In this superb volume Jim DeLong bracingly documents her nastiness, and prescribes a strict regimen to improve her constitution." -- Donald Boudreaux (Professor of Economics, George Mason University)

"A major contribution to understanding the reality of what is going on...powerful, well-written, and very important." -- Carter Lord (Executive & Entrepreneur)

"Ending 'Big SIS'"...is that rarest of books, the kind which tells you things you've long suspected about big government but had never systematically put together.... Whether the present is up to the task [of keeping the Republic] is an open question.... And there is no better guide for understanding it...."
-- Belmont Club (PJMedia)

"Big Sis treats the reader to Jim DeLong's historical and political brilliance applied to today's client state....the author erases any question that . . .[our] system of government [is] diametrically opposed to the Founders' design of checks and balances."
-- Property Rights Foundation of America

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Some quotations from the book:

+  [T]he experience of the twentieth century . . . shows that removing all checks on government power does not result in wise rule by disinterested mandarins. It produces . . .  "an unstructured, undisciplined, exploitive interest group free-for-all". (p.189)

+  Big SIS [is a ratchet that allows] motion in one direction only - toward greater government activism -- and then locks. . . (p.112)

+  Reading contemporary [judicial] opinions on government power is like making an archaeological dig into the intellectual ruins of the political thinking of the 1930s, if not the 1910s. (p.186)

+  [T]he great tides of history are moral and spiritual, and these can sweep away many structures once thought solid. As the Tea Party movement shows, our classic ability for justified moral outrage is asserting itself again. (p.192)

+  The leverage exerted by Big SIS affects decisions far beyond the money that it commandeers directly. It distorts the incentive structures throughout society, and sends investors and workers skittering off in unproductive directions. (p.91)   

+  The genius of a republic is its blend of limited government and autonomous private institutions that most emphatically do not mimic the government's response to special-interest pressures. (p.175)

+  In surveying the landscape of government, you find everywhere this pattern of broad, vague laws implemented by detailed regulations that impose murky costs on the private sector, with little attention to rational assessments of costs, benefits, or effectiveness. (p.119)

+  Special-interest greed takes many forms. While everyone is familiar with the concept of capture of agencies by those with an economic interest, ideology equals money as a motivator. (p.121)

+  The representatives earn their money by being unreasonable, and justify themselves by a professional ethic that binds them to demand things for their clients that no decent person would demand for herself. (p.121)

+  Pretty much wherever government has asserted the old Progressive/New Deal/Great Society need for total control of some segment of the society or economy, the ground has been sown with salt. (p.164)

+  We are at a point of constitutional crisis, and this is all to the good. Only in such times does the public pay enough attention to assert its true long-term interest. (p.192)

More About the Author

JAMES V. DeLONG has lived in the belly of the beltway beast for over 40 years, working for government agencies, trade associations, think tanks, and himself.

He has written two books, Property Matters: How Property Rights Are Under Assault and Why You Should Care (Free Press 1997) and Out of Bounds and Out of Control: Regulatory Enforcement at the EPA (Cato Institute 2002). He has also written extensively for The American, Reason, the Claremont Review of Books, the National Review, and other journals, and for think tanks, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, The Progress & Freedom Foundation, and the Convergence Law Institute.

For four years, he ran PFF's Center for the Study of Digital Property, and he has blogged on intellectual property and tech industry issues both at PFF and on behalf of Digital Society.

He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was Book Review Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and of Harvard College, where he majored in American History.

A list of his publications is at http://convergencelaw.com/filings_pubs/Pubs-by-Author.shtml.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carter on June 8, 2012
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This is a great book. Intelligent, thoughtful, well researched,and efficent. Profound insights into what is really going on in Washington and what to do to make our country a great place to live for ALL of us, no matter what your party affiliation is. I love the writing style. It is scholarly but funny and simple to grasp. I laughed out loud 5 times in the first chapter.

I highly recommend it to anyone. Its great to see something that working stiffs like me just never take the time or digging to figure out. Thanks to the writer for enlightening me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Central Virginia on June 3, 2012
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"Ending Big Sis and Renewing the American Republic" explains how "out of control" government suffocates economic growth and corrodes liberty. Most important, it tells us what we need to do to get our nation back on track. This book is a must read for everyone who wants to understand how private interests hijack government power for their own benefit and how the people can fight back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a true conservative on March 23, 2013
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After an interesting and somewhat unique analysis of the causes of the problems/issues our society faces today the author actually proposes actions that could resolve major concerns. Nothing easy about it but well thought out. Those who think big government provides solutions to problems will likely be put off by the authors analysis. However if you believe that the present welfare state is not the answer, you will find this analysis of how we got to where we are very much on point.

Well intended programs leading up to the present situation started long ago and are only apparent in retrospect.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol on June 19, 2012
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A Heartening Book

Ending Big Sis delves into the failure of constitutional protections to stop the dominance of government by factions (as the Founders called them), or interest groups -- clients of the state. These range from environmental interest groups to AARP, and all have the same agenda of getting government power and money for themselves -- to the determent of freedom, the taxpayer, and prosperity.

Big change is needed, and here's where Jim DeLong is heartening: Things are ready to go bankrupt and the like, and there is a huge percentage of the citizenry who sees this and is starting to take action. So, will this great mass of people be ready to have their own benefits and power cut? This is where DeLong almost leaves the reader. But, since he has succinctly pointed out many areas where few have realized the failure of government to take on its moral obligation(such as the Supreme Court's inexplicable deference to the legislature) and has also called attention to some very positive movements, he opens doors to conservatives to restore our government to inspired design.

Carol LaGrasse
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