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The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold and Tax Cuts Hardcover – July 20, 2009

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047045265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470452653
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In your heart, you know he's right. Channeling Barry Goldwater for a modern audience, Root does a great job of adapting his mentor's classic for 21st century America. My guess is that the principles of Goldwater, shepherded by Root, will be a benchmark for reform in this age of political and economic crisis."
-Peter Schiff, President, Euro Pacific Capital, Author of Best-Seller "Crash Proof"

"Root takes no prisoners, leaves no doubt how the disaster came to be; Root names-names but blames both Democrat and Republican administrations for over-spending, inflating the size and reach of government and creating a welfare state that is a form of slavery even as it continues to bleed taxpayers.

Root has solutions. To me, he's the only candidate who's articulate, powerful in presentation, and RIGHT. He presents his views with vigor and clarity on every occasion. He comes across great because he speaks truth from the heart, of America, to America, for America."
Dr. John Hospers, First Libertarian United States Presidential Candidate; Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Southern California

"Wayne Allyn Root (WAR) means business. In "The Conscience of a Libertarian," he is declaring WAR on big government, big spending, big taxes, big unions, big business, arrogant career politicians, lawyers, lobbyists, and the media elite. What a refreshing change to read the words and ideas of a small businessman, homeschool dad, son of a butcher, and citizen statesman. This book is a must read for libertarians, conservatives, disillusioned Republicans, independents, and anyone who wants to cut the size and scope of government dramatically, and return power to individuals. Instead of just criticisms, Wayne provides common-sense solutions for limited government, economic and personal freedom, and protecting our Constitution. I can feel our Founding Fathers looking down and smiling."
-Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Fox News Channel, Senior Judicial Analyst; Host of "Brian and the Judge" on FOX News Radio and "FreedomWatch" on

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"The Conscience of a Libertarian is the most important and potentially nation changing book you'll read this decade. Wayne Root has penned the final solution to stopping the United States of America from being pushed off the cliff by government. Every citizen of conscience will read this book and immediately understand the gravity and urgency of the crisis our country faces at every level. The enemy is not in Russia or Iran, it's in Washington, D.C., and we can stop it before it's too late."
—Kevin Hogan, PsyD, Author of The Science of Influence and The 12 Factors of Business Success

"Wayne Allyn Root is a dynamic Libertarian patriot and freedom-fighter. He lives and breathes freedom and free markets. If you value your liberty, read this book. The Conscience of a Libertarian explains how government is the problem—not the solution—and calls for a dramatic reduction in government intervention. Root is a Citizen Politician whose passion and message can spearhead our Citizen Revolution."
—Manny Klausner, Co-Founding Editor of Reason magazine and Cofounder of the Reason Foundation

In today's turbulent economy, more and more people are growing concerned about their financial future and looking for answers that make sense. While the government attempts to "fix" the problems created by the credit crunch and subprime crisis, the fact is that in order to improve America's economic future, government intervention must be limited.

In The Conscience of a Libertarian, Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee and frontrunner for the 2012 Presidential nomination Wayne Allyn Root presents a passionate case for the dramatic overhaul of governmental programs and policies that are essential for the continued survival of the American Dream. Focusing on the need to shrink the size of government—including the elimination of the IRS—Root proposes the dramatic reduction of government spending, lowering entitlements, reducing bureaucracy, increasing market freedom, reducing the tax burden on all Americans, and an end to the nanny state among many other ideas.

Divided into four comprehensive parts—A Revolution Is Brewing, Let's Talk Money and Politics, Solutions for the Mess We Are In, and Protecting and Preserving Our Inalienable Civil Liberties—The Conscience of a Libertarian puts our current situation in perspective and reveals what it will take to overcome the enormous obstacles we face.

Throughout these pages, Root also shares his thoughts on what he believes the government should do to improve our situation—and bring money back to the American taxpayer—including: upgrade the education system on the state level; foster investment to provide workers with more capital; lower the income tax rate to empower Americans to save the money needed to invest in stocks, real estate, and business start-ups; encourage reasonable risk and entrepreneurship; and eliminate corporate welfare.

It's time for a new revolution, a Citizen Revolution led by a Citizen Politician. Just as our Founding Fathers intended, Root's goal is to give the power back to you, the citizens and taxpayers. Focusing in part on his home state of Nevada—which represents smaller government, has among the lowest tax rates in America, and continuously promotes personal and economic freedom—Root examines what happens when his principles are applied to state government, and reveals how the American Dream can survive and thrive during this current economic crisis.

More About the Author

Wayne Allyn Root is one of the most charismatic, colorful, passionate, fiery, and outspoken political personalities in America today. Wayne was the 2008 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee. A college classmate of Barack Obama at Columbia University (Class of '83), he is now the face and voice of Libertarian-conservative politics in the mainstream national media. The media calls him "the Anti-Obama." Wayne calls himself a REAGAN LIBERTARIAN- modeled after his heroes Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and Thomas Jefferson.

He is regular guest on many of the biggest television and radio networks in America including: FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, CNBC, and radio shows like Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Jerry Doyle and Mancow Muller. Wayne recently added his own radio talk show, "W.A.R: The Wayne Allyn Root Show."

Wayne's political and business careers have been profiled by CNBC, CNN/Money, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, Newsweek, Fortune, Equities, The Financial Times, Millionaire, Success, Entrepreneur, Worth, The Robb Report, and even Emmy magazine (among many others).

Customer Reviews

We need somelike like Mr. Root to save this country from itself.
Root was the Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate in 2008, and a leading libertarian presidential candidate looking forward.
Richard D. Williams
Wayne Root is a bit of a phenomenon in America's declining Libertarian Party.
Brian Miller

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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Richard Winger on August 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have read the entire book, but I have not discussed it with anyone else who has read it. It seems to me that Root's major purpose with this book is to persuade conservatives to become libertarians in their thinking. This is not a book that seems to have the major purpose of persuading Libertarians to nominate Root for president.

Root's technique for moving conservatives to more libertarian thinking seems to be to show at the beginning that he has been a conservative himself, and that he still appreciates the values that conservatives value. So, as one reads through the book, Root seems to evolve. For example, page 24 seems to indicate he is only opposed to drug prohibition when the federal government does it. If someone stops reading there, that is the impression one will have of Root's thinking. But, on pages 79-81, the book makes a strong case against any government (state or local as well as federal) from blocking medical marijuana. Then, on pages 225-226, he makes a stronger, more emotional case against drug laws. Then, on pages 260-263, he talks about the horrible way in which Steve Kubby was persecuted.

Root's education policy also seems to change as one reads further into the book. Pages 164-167 seems to endorse the idea that state and local government should handle education. But, when one reads further, there is a big shift. Page 207 says, "As long as most of our children are educated in government-run public schools, the government bureaucrats running them will instill the idea into the heads of their captive audience (our children) that more govenment is better."

In order for a book to persuade, the reader must be open to persuasion. Root's technique probably works better than most books do to persuade conservatives toward libertarianism.
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46 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Sulcer on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wayne Allyn Root GETS IT. And he knows how to unscrew a screwed up country.

Wayne Allyn Root is a sharp, savvy, creative, free-thinking, ballsy Nevada politician, honest, with great no-nonsense communication skills, a small business owner, an authentic shrink-government libertarian, a big-thinker, a big-picture realist with foresight willing to reach out to different groups, a coalition-builder. He's a man with a plan.

And Wayne Allyn Root is running for president in 2012. He's worth watching. He's SUPREMELY INTERESTING. He's eminently quotable. There's a chance he might actually win. And this excellent book (1) describes him and his values (2) outlines his electoral strategy for winning the presidency (3) critiques American politics and (4) offers his fix.

I'm non-partisan, an independent thinker and TOUGH CRITIC (see my other book reviews) but I couldn't help thinking, as I read through this excellent book, that Wayne Allyn Root UNDERSTANDS. I found this book refreshing, intelligent, speaking to the heart. There are a few things I disagree, with which will always be the case with any book I review, but I think America would be in much better shape with Wayne Allyn Root at the helm.

What I found profoundly interesting was his strategy for winning. Any serious student of American history knows that rarely, if ever, have third party candidates ever been successful. The American system is a two-party system. But there is tremendous disenchantment with both parties, particularly with the Republican party, by voters -- he uses the term "battered voter" syndrome. I think he's right that the electorate leans center-right. He criticizes both parties for having an agenda at odds with public well-being.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful By David F. Nolan on August 3, 2009
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If nothing else, Wayne Root deserves some kind of prize for coming up with one of the world's longest book titles: 30 syllables by my count. The title is meant to evoke Barry Goldwater's "Conscience of A Conservative," published almost half a century ago, and I'm sure that Mr. Root would like his book to become as influential as Goldwater's was. Unfortunately for him, it almost certainly won't.

For one thing, it's WAY too long for a campaign book. And make no mistake, that's what this is. Root is running hard for the Libertarian Party's 2012 Presidential nomination, and this bombastic tome - three and a half times as long as Goldwater's book - is bloated and turgid. He makes some points over and over and OVER, while ignoring many "liberal" aspects of the libertarian political philosophy.

Clearly, his intent here is to sell himself to disgruntled conservatives seeking an alternative to the tired and fractious GOP. This strategy may work, but most longtime libertarians (such as myself) are less than enthralled by his constant evocation of God, and his ludicrous assertion that the United States owes its success to its citizens' faith in God. There are lots of nations founded on adherence to one religion or another, and many of them are authoritarian hellholes.

Will this book help Root win the Libertarian Presidential nomination? I doubt it, because while it will win him praise on the Right, it is likely to alienate many of the Libertarian Party activists who choose their party's national ticket. I've met Wayne on several occasions and he's a likable guy, but his views are a still-evolving mix of libertarian and conservative positions. If they continue to evolve toward a more consistently libertarian stance, he will have a better shot at the 2012 nomination.
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