- Publisher: Fox & Wilkes; Revised edition (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0930073312
- ISBN-13: 978-0930073312
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By: R. W. Grant ISBN-10: 0930073320 ISBN-13: 9780930073329 Publisher: Fox & Wilkes - 1999-06 Hardcover | 2nd Rev Edition | List Price: $24.95 (USD) | Sales Rank: 2309111 Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
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BUY THIS BOOK!!! READ IT!!! AND UNDERSTAND... the WHY about the state of our country, because only then can we reclaim the birthright of our founding fathers.
This book discusses some of the misconceptions about capitalism, such as the "robber barons" and the Great Depression and goes on to challenge prevailing assumptions about the need for government intervention in the private affairs and voluntary (market) relationships of peaceful people. It identifies the three basic principles of a free society, applying them to contemporary issues including education, the environment, Michael Milken, Bill Gates, altruism, the dangerous intellectual, "compassion" in government, and much more. The book includes excellent distillations of some of the best insights and ideas from such key figures and writers of the modern pro-freedom cause as F. A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, Andrew J. Galambos, Murray N. Rothbard, and Henry Grady Weaver. It is a "must read" for anyone who wants a good, lucid introduction to the case for individual freedom in a social context and a policy of laissez faire imposed on government. Although it is hard to identify one single book that I could recommend to anyone (such as a high school or college student) as a "first book" on the freedom perspective, this would probably be that book.
After reading this book, I kept asking myself: How is it so many men of supposed learning (college professors, news reporters, and entertainers) still believe the true path to wealth and human happiness runs through government? The only two answers I can come up with are: ignorance and/or stupidity!
Free men, acting by their own lights, have proved time and again they can produce the goods and services society demands. And, conversely, government continues to prove that it can only stand in the way of man's productive efforts! These facts have been made painfully clear each time some utopian, such as Stalin or Hitler tries to mold the perfect society, and in the process of molding that perfect society they have to slaughter millions of their countrymen! Yet professors still preach about the so-called "common good" and "economic justice" (whatever that means!) and the media pundits still "gobble it up" - the evidence notwithstanding. What are we to believe of the intelectual capabilities of these men? Well, I know what I believe - these are "easily winded champions!"
Why would anyone risk their intelectual, financial, or physical capital if tehre were no chance of a return commensurate with the risk incurred? The simple answer is: THEY WOULDN'T! and therein lies the ultimate reason why the Free Market/Private Property nations, while amounting to only a small share of the earth's population and resources, nevertheless, produces the lion's share of the earth's wealth!
Bottom line: a great, must read book, if you wish to gain an understanding of why some things are as they are and how they can be changed. I highly recommend the read!