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The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on energy and environmental policy, July 26, 2016
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Best book on energy and environmental policy I have read. I gave it to my 16-year-old, who's very interested in science, so he can get the facts about the global warming debate. This book is so well written it is accessible to all adult readers. When you have finished this book, you will have a new perspective on the energy industry. Great job, Mr. Epstein!


Defending Free Speech
Defending Free Speech
by Elan Journo
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Speech Is Under Increasing Attack, July 25, 2016
This review is from: Defending Free Speech (Paperback)
In the United States of America, it’s still easy to take freedom of speech for granted. The vast majority of us go about our daily business with no apparent reason to think this fundamental right is under attack.

But recent years have witnessed frequent and overt attacks on free speech. Consider just a few examples. Islamic terrorists have threatened or murdered many innocent people in retaliation for “blasphemy,” i.e., publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The IRS has deliberately stonewalled Tea Party groups, preventing them from exercising their full First Amendment rights. Just a few weeks ago, the Massachusetts Attorney General attempted to intimidate Alex Epstein, author of The Morality of Fossil Fuels, by issuing an unwarranted subpoena of his private emails.

But where is the outrage among mainstream intellectuals, who used to defend free speech vigorously? On college campuses, traditionally the “front line” protecting free expression, are students or professors indignantly protesting these violations of individual rights? Quite the opposite! Instead of defending free speech, they have introduced controls on “offensive” language, limited speech via “trigger warnings,” attempted to define speech as violence (“micro-aggressions”) and demanded “safe spaces” where “offensive” speech is prohibited. Free speech is indeed under attack, even in the halls of the academic institutions that profess to protect and promote it.

Steve Simpson’s 120 page anthology Defending Free Speech is both timely and enlightening. Don’t take your fundamental rights for granted! Read this book, understand the threat, and advocate free speech to all who will listen.


Living Proof
Living Proof
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart entertainment!, June 26, 2016
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Inventive plot, interesting characters, couldn't put it down. Smart entertainment!


SunrisePro Knife Sharpener, USA patented, Original, Red
SunrisePro Knife Sharpener, USA patented, Original, Red
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, June 12, 2016
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So far it works great. If it keeps performing well for several months, i'll give it a 5.
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Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality
Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Equality of Rights, Not Equality of Opportunity, June 7, 2016
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"Equal is Unfair" lays out, in clear language, why the current "inequality" debate is misguided and basically not founded in reality. Conservatives in particular should read this book to re-acquaint themselves with the principles of America's founders. They will see that equality of political rights and freedom, not "equality of opportunity," is the goal they should be striving for.


Ending Big Government: The Essential Case for Capitalism and Freedom
Ending Big Government: The Essential Case for Capitalism and Freedom
Price: $5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, read it, and keep it handy!, March 31, 2016
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I give a big thumbs up to Ending Big Government, a book that fully deserves a five star rating. Michael Dahlen has written a valuable addition to the literature of free market capitalism, a book that I will keep as a ready reference. Ending Big Government should get a prominent place in the “intellectual ammunition department” of anyone who wants to defend free markets.

Dahlen’s book is addressed to those who are already sympathetic to capitalism and concerned about the growing intrusion of government in our lives. The author demonstrates that American capitalism has been undermined and distorted by increasing government controls, resulting in the foundering “mixed economy” of the present day. The only rational alternative to this hybrid monstrosity, he argues, is laissez faire capitalism, implemented at every level of the government and the economy. Dahlen makes his case by expanding on Ayn Rand’s claim that pure capitalism is not only the most productive social system, but also the only moral system. As the author himself states: “This book will show that capitalism is moral and practical while also showing that statism is immoral and impractical. Toward that end, this book systematically contrasts the history, economics, and the underlying philosophy of each system.“ Dahlen makes good on this promise, and the result is a book that is not only interesting and enjoyable, but also of lasting value, as I will describe below.

Before I get into the highlights of the book, I have a minor quibble about the author's choice of a title. As Dahlen notes in Acknowledgements, the original working title was “Capitalism vs. Big Government,” which he rejected in favor of a “ better” (presumably more marketable) title. I agree that "Ending Big Government” has a nice ring to it, but it implies that the author is actually going to tell us how to get the government off our backs. However, despite the beguiling title, telling us “how” was never his purpose. So, for me at least, it was a minor letdown when I realized (about half way through the book) that the author was not going to provide a roadmap for ending excessive government intrusion. Dahlen fully understands that the culture has to be changed before pure capitalism can be more widely accepted, but we are left on our own to imagine exactly how this can happen in our lifetimes. (Is it just me, or does it feel as if time is running out, and it is becoming ever more urgent to reform our economy and our culture? Perhaps Dahlen will tackle this critical question in a future book.)

Despite this minor distraction, you should definitely buy and read a Dahlen’s book. “Ending Big Government” has two outstanding virtues that make it well worth reading and keeping.

First, “Ending Big Government” is well organized and clearly written. It requires no specialized or technical expertise, so its thesis and reasoning are fully accessible to any interested reader. The structure is logical and easy to understand, so you always know your place within the author’s framework. Dahlen systematically contrasts the virtues of capitalism with the evils of its antipode - statism - along three key dimensions: the history of capitalism versus statism in America; the philosophic underpinnings of both systems; and the economic theories and consequences of each. This is a lot of ground to cover in less than 300 pages, yet Dahlen gets it done it without neglecting any important ideas or events. His combination of clarity and conciseness is refreshing and unusual in a book of such broad scope. (My own proficiency is in economics, and in this area I I found Dahlen’s excellent analysis both terse and accurate.)

Second, Dahlen has written a valuable reference work for anyone interested in the study of any special fact or feature of free market capitalism. The book is extensively and accurately footnoted, allowing the reader to launch a detailed inquiry into any related topic. For example, suppose you want to understand the significance of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Just look up “Sherman Antitrust Act” in the book’s online search engine, and you immediately get five useful references, including a full transcript of the Act itself, as well as sections in the text that concisely explain the context and importance of this famous legislation. Or, suppose you want to know the influence, if any, of the Scottish philosopher David Hume on the ideas underlying the founding of our Republic. Just query “Hume” and you'll get a succinct explanation of the role Hume played in promoting ideas that eventually began to undermine capitalism.

“Ending Big Government” is such a fine reference that I bought both the paperback and the on-line version: the paperback for my desk, so I can make handwritten notes, and the on-line version (Kindle for Mac) so I can readily search topics on-line, as described above.

In conclusion, "Bravo" to Michael Dahlen for writing what is certain to be a successful book, and thanks to him as well for providing a valuable addition to the modern canon of free market literature.


Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian
Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reisman is clear and brilliant., July 15, 2015
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As usual, Dr. Reisman is clear and brilliant.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, July 5, 2015
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Only a genius can make it this simple!


Hard Goals : The Secret to Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
Hard Goals : The Secret to Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
Price: $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, June 14, 2015
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If you are ready to make a change, you need to set goals, and this book will definitely help you do it. I am 66 years old and have benefited from other goal-setting systems in the past, but this holds the most promise of all of them. I'm going to strongly recommend it to my high-potential but under-achieving son!


Longmire: The Complete Third Season
Longmire: The Complete Third Season
DVD
Price: $25.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope there this series continues. 3 seasons is ..., October 21, 2014
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I hope there this series continues. 3 seasons is not enough. Many more stories to tell. Netflix, buy it.


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