- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,586 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 FOXNews.com
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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.
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In addition, there was a very clear bias. Wayne comes from a Republican background. And, while I applaud his conversion, you can still sense a lifetime of Republican grooming in his writing.
Things I admire: The man's persistence, the chapter on The Battered Voter, and Wayne's uncompromising "I told you so" attitude.
Things I don't admire: Wayne seems to set the bar in the wrong places for himself. Rather than hoping to make a positive contribution to the movement, he talks about making a bigger impression than Ron Paul, who has influenced much of the nation with his Libertarian leanings. Now I must admit that I'm a Ron Paul supporter. As such, I think it is Dr. Paul's humility that allows him to sustain his place in American politics despite his anti-establishment views. He speaks out of conviction and objectivity. Wayne sometimes loses track of these things in his pursuit for the White House and comes across as overambitious.
I can say this...in 2012, if he runs, I will vote Ron Paul. If Ron doesn't run...I could possibly vote Rand Paul. If Rand Paul doesn't run...and the GOP goes towards less Libertarian thinkers such as Huckabee, Palin, Romney, etc....I will certainly be looking for Wayne's name on the ballot. And I hope he gets there.
Root discusses virtually every important policy issue in this book. Unlike his college classmate at Columbia University (Barack Obama), Root has received his education in the school of "hard knocks." As a long time small business owner, he knows what it takes to succeed without government subsidies and bailouts. He eloquently argues against the poison of the pernicious growth of big government and high taxes, and the devastating effects these have of the economy and the cause of freedom itself.
The book is at once an autobiography, a review of history, and a political manifesto. It is the perfect antidote to the statist politicians that have controlled our lives and pocketbooks for far too long. W.A.R, identifies his political heroes as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Barry Goldwater (the latter penned *The Conscience of a Conservative* some fifty years earlier), and President Ronald Reagan. Although he makes liberal use of quotations from these heroes, I was particularly fond of the words of Barry Goldwater:
"The day will come when we entrust the conduct of our affairs to men who understand that their first duty as public officials is to divest themselves of the power they have been given."
Amen. From their lips to G-d's ears. Read this book. Vote Libertarian. Stop the madness.
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