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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom Hardcover – October 17, 2011
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Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst, currently seen by millions of viewers weeknights on The Big Story and The O'Reilly Factor. Napolitano is the youngest person in New Jersey history to receive a lifetime judgeship. He is bright (graduate of Princeton and Notre Dame Law School), articulate (four times voted most outstanding professor at the two law schools at which he taught), and broadcast-experienced (as a daily fixture on Fox News Channel since 1998). He is the author of Constitutional Chaos and The Constitution In Exile.
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This was a very eye-opening book for me as it showed how plainly and simply the purposes of the federal government have been compromised. However, the Judge left many questions unanswered:
1. How does a libertarian government (that only protects human rights) obtain funds for its survival? (Because the judge believes *all* forms of taxation are wrong - and I agree with him, but he provides no alternative).
2. The Judge argued that Natural human rights reflect basic human "yearnings" and "desires." But I think he could refine this a bit: capacities and functions. People have the right to own property, make stuff out of legos, eat food, and reproduce not simply because they *want* to, but because they were *made* to.
3. What about children? This has always been the dilemma/enigma of libertarian theory, and the Judge leaves this important question (what rights do they have - if they are neither property nor autonomous human beings like the average rational adult) aside.
Nevertheless, it's a great book that everyone should read - from the liberal to the neoconservative.
Jefferson's Masterpiece: The Declaration of Independence, The right to own property, The freedom of speech, The freedom Association, The freedom to travel, The right to privacy, Hands off: You own your body, The right to self-defense, The right to petition the government for redress, The right to enjoy peace, The right to fairness from the government, The right to sound money, The right to spend your own money, The right to be governed by laws and moral limits, and the right to reject the state.
If you are an American who believes we should adhere to the founder's belief that the constitution and bill of rights should not be trampled on by power hungry dictatorial politicians, whether they be Democrats, Republicans, socialists, progressives, liberals, or conservatives than you may want to check out this excellent book. I do not agree 100% with Judge Napolitano on all these topics, but I like him because he is a strict constitutional lawyer and not a corrupt power hungry politician. The founders did not trust a tyrannical government to do the right thing and that is why they wrote the constitution and the bill of rights. Sadly, most Americans fail to grasp the genius of our founder's when they created a document to live by, not just in their time, but in our present time as well.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician: A critical review of politics and politicians).