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Why Government Doesn't Work Hardcover – December 1, 1995

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Harry Browne, the Libertarian Party candidate for President in 1996, outlines his views on government and lays out his platform. According to Browne, just about everything from rising healthcare costs to our collapsing morality is the fault of a government that differs from organized crime only because it "has flags in front of its offices." The answer to all our ills, he says, lies with free enterprise, which should be put in charge of such tasks as national defense and education. Among the things he promises to do if elected: pardon anyone ever convicted of violating federal weapons-control laws, and sell the country's national parks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Harry Browne ... has a game plan for shrinking the federal budget. -- The New York Times Book Review, David Diamond --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Liamworks (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965603601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965603607
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book back in 1996, when Harry Browne was using it as his campaign book when he was running for U.S. President as a candidate of the Libertarian Party. Browne talks about the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, and about what are and are not legitimate functions of the federal government. This book should be a real eye opener for most Americans, who really have no idea that throughout most of our country's history, the federal government was much smaller than it is today. The founding fathers never wanted the federal government to "take care" of people, or to "protect" them from their own mistakes. During most of this country's history, there was no social security, medicare, medicaid, welfare, food stamps, public housing, or any other federal program designed to "help" the poor; nor was there any federal involvement in education; nor were there any laws which outlawed any kind of drug. And during this time, the U.S. became the richest, most prosperous country that the world had ever known. Before drugs were outlawed, there was no gang or mob activity or violence associated with the buying and selling of drugs. During this time, the federal government stuck to only those things which were authorized in the Constitution. Oh, and there was no income tax, either. We didn't need an icnome tax, because the excise taxes and tariffs gave the federal govenment enough money to perform all of its legitimate, Constitutionally authorized activities.
Contrast this to how things are today. Today, the primary activity of the federal government consists of taking money from people who earned it, and giving the money to people to whom it does not belong.
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A first reading of the book jacket and you would think Harry Browne is a top republican, and you would be wrong. Harry Browne is a Libertarian and this book is an unbelievable work of what the government hasn't or failed to do.
Browne's attention to details and a well throughout plans on how to fix Social Security, reduce the deficit, and eliminate federal tax and makes the government smaller and smarter is a real pleasure to read. While I think that they might be a little ambitious, I also think they are achievable.
The book shows how social programs started out with the best of intentions and have become and overburden to society. Browne's how the government has and is failing in so many areas and they ways we need to go about changing them in order to make a brighter future for everyone.
Browne conveys all of these ideas, once again proving that without the government we can save money. I must admit, I was a little skeptical about this book, but Harry Browne has convinced me that things can be brighter with a little work - well done!
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Harry Browne, the author, is a Libertarian candidate for President. He lays out a radical agenda for restoring traditional American freedoms. An example is the repeal of social security with claim holders paid off with
the sale of land assets of the the U.S. Government. He calls for an end to: public schools, public support for agriculture, the war on drugs, and most other government programs. He proposes an end to the income tax and abolition of the IRS. He gives examples of why all the well intentioned programs of govenment have unintended consequences, almost all of which are negative.
The book is written in short, easy to read chapters so that the reader has time to ponder the exciting and novel ideas contained in each. I have read the book twice and intend to read it again.
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One of the finest books I've ever read, Harry Browne exposes all the chaos big government has created from the Civil War through today. He highlights federal agencies that are in extreme need of change to the point of abolishment. Browne is a firm believer in scaling our government to its constitutionally mandated form. He reinforces the principle of Libertarianism with firm belief that his goals will be accomplished. Although his book was written in 1995 and since then several issues have happened in our nation, all the more reason to read his book because all our (Libertarian) principles should be applied today more than ever. "Why Government Doesn't Work" encourages the reader to listen/read Media messages in an active manner and when the reader does this, he can unravel all the subtle messages in the press and news.
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Great book! Harry Browne is able to sum up most of the major problems with our society, and get to the root cause of those problems - government. It would be great if more Americans would open their minds to Libertarian ideas. Unfortunately, Americans have become so brainwashed and apathetic that they don't even think about what role the government should play in our lives. Rather, they just complain and feel that there is nothing to be done. I'd like to buy a copy of this book for every American.
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I loved this book. Its light weight but well thought out. It convinced me to become a Libertarian and vote for Harry in the last presidential election. This book will give you a different point of view on what government is. Maybe you'll agree and maybe you won't but at least you'll have spent some time thinking about the function of government, and no matter what you decide that will be time well spent.
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