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Healing Our World: In an Age of Aggression Paperback – January 1, 2003
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"... combines libertarianism with Western and Eastern spirituality ... challenges the reader to see things in spiritual clarity." -- Paul Whitfield, South Bend Tribune
"... may be the most important book of the decade." -- -- Joseph Terrano, Visions Magazine
"...outlines how non-aggression would look in real-life areas of job creation, health care, environment, poverty, crime, drugs...." -- Teri Murphy, Arlions News
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Ruwart introduces the groundwork of the non-aggression axiom with less attention on natural rights and private property arguments and more on accessible, plain moral reasoning that is pretty much unassailable. She then introduces the reader to the consequences of aggression, particularly the government's aggression, on society. The government's use of aggression disrupts free interaction between people and thus makes us worse off. As Scott Ryan says below, she shows that liberty is a win-win situation.
Like Rothbard, she mounts a compelling case on numerous issues: Pollution, monopoly, war, foreign policy, welfare, courts, business regulation, minimum wage, police, et cetera et cetera. Her examination of education doesn't give much attention to the actual fact of the State influencing children but focuses on private schooling solutions.
Older versions of _For a New Liberty_ lacked a discussion of one of the most dangerous powers of the State: control over the (fiat) money supply. Ruwart explains fractional reserve banking, the consequences of a central banking system in a way that is _very_ easy to understand.
_For a New Liberty_ has nothing specifically about healthcare. Ruwart fortunately explores two government elements very detrimental to our health: the Food & Drug Administration and licensing/regulation of health care services.
She also expands on some out the arguments Rothbard made briefly in his chapter "Personal Liberty". For one, she looks at armed citizens and the effect of right-to-carry laws on crime rates (citing lots of Bruce Benson's important work). Her chapter on illegal drugs is definitive, showing plainly that creating a black market for drugs is worse than the drugs themselves.
The book mounts a consistent case with nary a concession given to government. Therefore, she makes an anarchocapitalist case without saying she is an anarchist (although she says she is in her libertarian autobiography over at Lew Rockwell's site).
Ruwart does not involve herself much in an "anatomy of the State" (pun intended of course) and its very nature being immoral and criminal, although the overtone is obviously there. The State does bad things and is therefore bad, but the book is about the effects on those things and not the fact that the State is bad. If that makes sense. I think it does.
And, perhaps as a corollary of that Ruwart's overall tone is very accessible and positive. For this reason, she seems more likely than anyone I can think of to prevail on skeptics, whether they are "conservative" or "liberal" (as Ruwart herself once was -- might not impress cold-hearted neo-cons though. Marxists are very deluded too).
And it's really beautifully written and essential for all good people. this review is getting way too long, but I think you should buy it.
If you like a lot of what conservatives / the "Tea Party" / etc. talk about but never seem to implement in terms of smaller government, read this book. You'll immediately buy copies for friends and they will thank you.
I loaned the book to my 79-year-old stepdad, a stauch conservative and WW-II vet who is retired US Air Force. He gave it back, apologizing that he had underlined and highlighted many passages throughout the book -- and when I told him to please, keep that copy as a gift and I'd get myself a new one, he was so grateful that I was truly astounded (in a good way).
This book reaches anyone from teens to retired war veterans, as it describes things in layperson's terminology. It's audience is the "regular" citizen / voter rather than being aimed at politicos.
Can't recommend this highly enough for anyone who wants to learn what libertarian philosophies truly are.
Ruwart addresses just about every aspect of society. Furthermore, she systematically presents actual current and historical examples to support her case, followed by "a better way" in each instance, which applies her non-aggression model and shows the projected outcome. Whereas many social justice-type books advocate the establishment of governmental systems (yes, ones designed to be compassionate) to address societal problems, this book says it's dangerous when "we defer to authority figures because we believe that they know more than we do." Healing should stand beside the other "social studies" textbooks in our schools. It will appear radical to many, until you figure out our current model is quite radical in its opposition to the principles of freedom. I doubt this book will receive "classic" status. It should.
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Good job Dr. Ruwart