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This review is from: It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom (Hardcover)
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Over the last few years, I, and many others, have become supporters of true liberty. There are many popular and public faces of this movement, and after Ron Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano is one of the most recognizable. Since I know that Napolitano graciously and accurately defends the cause of freedom, I thought getting his book would be a good idea, and I wasn't disappointed.
I love this book. Napolitano starts off explaining the philosophical, political, and scientific underpinnings of freedom, referencing thinkers as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, Voltaire, and Thomas Jefferson. The beginning portion is a little academic and slow-moving at times, but nonetheless, it is essential to understanding the core of what freedom is: our basic human right. The earlier chapters thoroughly debunk the concept that the government grants us rights, or that somehow the government has the right to make any arbitrary law simply because it is the government. Martin Luther King Jr and Japanese-Americans that challenged and defied internment laws during World War II knew this, and defied unjust government policies, often being imprisoned for their efforts.
The rest of the book outlines our various rights, such as the right to be left alone, and the right to be free from being entangled in pointless foreign wars. Each chapter explains a basic right, why it is a right, and how the U.S. government has, especially since the Wilson administration, often trampled these rights with the support of all three branches of government. For example, people have been jailed simply for opposing wars or even reciting the constitution in public. The Judge provides case after case of the government taking away inalienable human rights in the name of war (e.g. the Patriot Act), greed (various eminent domain cases), and moral paternalism (e.g. Prohibition).
I love this book, and I think most readers, regardless of political affiliation, will be amazed that the government has taken away basic liberties from its citizens in the name of war, morality, protecting us, etc. Even though Napolitano may not turn every reader into a full-fledge Libertarian, he will at the least advance the cause of liberty. This book will appeal to a lot of people's general outrage against the government and the corporations that often pull its strings. Since Napolitano is a Libertarian, he takes both Democrats and Republicans to task, so George Bush and Richard Nixon are equally criticized for their assaults on our freedom, just as Barack Obama and Franklin Roosevelt are. Even Ralph Nader wrote an endorsement (albeit reserved) of the book, showing just how appealing Napolitano's message is.
Since I have leaned Libertarian for a few years now, a lot of the book was review, and if you have read some of Napolitano's other books, this book will seem pretty familiar. Also, it is pretty academic at times, which I consider a plus, but others may desire a more accessible book. Overall, this is another great book by Judge Napolitano, that advances the cause of liberty and freedom. I highly recommend it.