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Less We Can: The Case for Less Government, More Liberty, More Prosperity, and More Security Paperback – May 31, 2012
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In my opinion the essay Welcoming Legal Immigration is pure gold. There are simply too many of us with knee jerk reactions who want things a certain way and we want them now. Mr. Grannis states there are no perfect solutions (I do not recall any politician ever saying that) but he drives home what we are doing wrong and things we should do as part of a process to makes things better.
I think this is a good book. One does not have to read it all at one time nor in "chapter" order. Heard something on global warming on the T.V. just now? You can jump to that essay and find out what this Libertarian has to say about it.
This easy to read book is divided in two main parts - 1) Overview of the Main Issues and 2) Selected 'Lessays'. At the end of the book there is a summary of a Libertarian Balanced Budget for 2012. Grannis skillfully and interestingly covers issues ranging from environmental concerns to immigration to abortions through fiscal responsibility. Each section is short and quick to read with many clear examples a reader can easily understand. For instance Grannis describes how the Audubon Society allowed oil and gas drilling in a protected environment they owned but protested the drilling in ANWR. A contradiction you say? Not so fast, says Grannis. This makes perfect sense to a Libertarian and I believe if you read this, you will also understand why it makes sense.
I enjoyed reading the book. I especially loved the first part of the book. It is written in common sense plain English even when talking about some very complex issues. But this is not a simple, large print, short on text book. It is a full bodied text covering many issues, that is sure to help the reader develop a good working knowledge of some basic Libertarian beliefs. The examples Grannis uses to illustrate his points are well thought out and relate to the his subject without us, as readers, having to dig deeper to find out what he is driving at. The really nice thing about this book is you can read any one issue or 'lessay' quickly and they don't have to be read in "book order". Want to know more about the economy, jump to that section. Pick up on the issues dear to you and leave the rest be for now. I also found the balanced budget for 2012 quite revealing.
I recommend this for anyone who likes learning about the issues of our day, politics, or simply want to know more about the other choices on the ballot.
I did not read this book expecting an exhaustive history of libertarianism or a comprehensive defense of the entire Libertarian Party platform. Rather, I hoped for a thoughtful, accessible, and entertaining discussion of one Libertarian's take on some of our most vexing public policy issues and the proper function of government in America. That's what I got, and more. Well done.