- Paperback: 287 pages
- Publisher: Liam Works; 1st edition (July 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965603695
- ISBN-13: 978-0965603690
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
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Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne provides his answers to the questions asked by millions of Americans. -- (Publisher comments)
About the Author
Harry Browne was born in New York City on June 17, 1933, and grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from high school, but attended college for only two weeks. He has lived in Canada and Switzerland, and he now resides in Tennessee.
He was a successful investment advisor for 30 years. He first achieved fame in the 1970s when he wrote a series of investment books that showed Americans how to protect themselves from the recessions and inflation produced by the U.S. governments monetary policy. He foresaw the dollar devaluations and the rise in previous metals prices, and he showed investors how to profit from these events. His first two investment books, How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation and You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis, were New York Times bestsellers.
He wrote a total of 8 investment books, including Fail-Safe Investing, his final investment book, which was published in 1999.
In 1973 he wrote How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, a self-help book that shows individuals how achieve happiness and success by taking responsibility for their own lives. The book remains in demand today, almost three decades later.
In all, he has written 11 books that have sold more than 2 million copies.
He has been a popular public speaker since the 1960s, and has appeared on hundreds of national and local radio and television shows, in addition to hosting his own syndicated radio show.
In 1996 he was the Presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party. During the campaign, he traveled to 38 states and appeared on over a thousand radio and television programs. His approach to smaller government was praised in dozens of newspaper editorials and political columns. He won numerous Internet preference polls, and was endorsed for president by over a hundred radio talk show hosts, journalists, and publications.
His 1996 campaign book, Why Government Doesnt Work, spoke to Americans who felt frustrated by big government. It is still in print.
He is the Libertarian Candidate for President of the United States for the year 2000. See: http://HarryBrowne2000.org
He has a grown daughter, Autumn, and in 1985 he married the former Pamela Lanier Wolfe. His main non-professional interests are classical music, opera, good food and wine, sports, television, and fiction.
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This is a straightforward book that addresses a lot of common concerns of citizens. The complaint of government abandoning Constitutional laws and the erosion of civil liberties are even more relevant today. Especially considering that this book was published in 2000 prior to the PATRIOT ACT.
On the Supreme Court Mr.Browne observes- "On the really important matters concerning the role of government, they all agree that the federal government is more important than the Constitution."
The author cites an August 1999 Capitol Hill Blue report on Congressional members civil and criminal court litigations that is sobering and worse than I would have expected!
He also opines that taxpayer money is basically a tool to enrich the chief supporters of Washington politicians. It's hard to argue with that!
Mr. Browne uses every opportunity that he can to advocate the repeal of the federal income tax. This idea has gained some publicity with some of the latest Republican presidential candidates. Along with the proposal to eliminate the income tax, he also offers some interesting perspectives on the national sale tax and the flat tax. He doesn't support either of these alternatives. I think his proposal of eliminating corporate taxes is risky. If you don't either regulate or charter corporations can you trust corporations not to excessively pursue personal wealth and greed?
His 4-point foreign policy plan can be summed by this quote from page 115. "Libertarians know that government's role isn't to police the world-or even to win wars. Government's role is to keep us out of wars-and to protect us from foreign enemies, not create them."
On crime, the author supports concealed carry laws and opposes gun control.
A lot of these proposals are very similar to Ron Paul's.
The most notable quote that conveys a great portion of "The Great Libertarian Offer" is found on page 44."Our American heritage is one of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom from a government strictly limited by a written Constitution."
I recommend this book for anyone interested in studying the Libertarian idea of government.
Mr. Browne starts off with an outline of what the Great Libertarian Offer is: "Would you give up your favorite federal programs if it meant you'd never have to pay income tax again?" Browne then goes on to explain how this is entirely possible. How, if we bring the size of government back to it's constitutionally mandated size, we can have extremely low taxes and we will be better off.
The first part of the book describes the Principles of Libertarianism and how government currently operates. Mr. Browne does a great job of explaining, in layman's terms, just what the problem is and contrasting that with libertarian ideals. The rest of the book, chapters 7-22 describe the Libertarian solution. He discusses freedom from the income tax, freedom from war, and the Freedom to make your own choices.
Finally, in the final chapter, Mr. Browne discusses whether or not this can be done and what must be done to achieve it. As he says to sum up his beliefs (in his america) "you'll be a free, responsible, self-governing individual. No one will ask for your papers, no one will attach a number to you, no one will extort a share of your income. You'll be free to pursue the life you've dreamed of."
This book is well written and well thought out. I recommend it to anyone who truly loves liberty and wants to see America return to the free Republic it once was.
With used copies of this book going for just one cent, every Libertarian activist should buy a few extras just to distribute to likely converts. Harry's gentle yet firm message that we CAN do without big, expensive, intrusive government is backed up with solit alternatives that give people definite hope for a future without tyranny.
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Finally, hope for a change I can agree with.
What an inspiration!