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Ending 'Big SIS' (The Special Interest State) and Renewing the American Republic Paperback – May 23, 2012
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-- 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
From the Author
+ [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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Well intended programs leading up to the present situation started long ago and are only apparent in retrospect.
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.
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