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Localism: a Philosophy of Government Paperback – August 4, 2014
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About the Author
Mark Moore has had a long and varied journey into political activism. As a young man he was Communications Director for the Young Republicans of Arkansas, but left the party and became state chairman of a minor political party. Venturing back into Republican politics in a professional capacity, he helped a state senator win two state-wide primaries, the last time as Campaign Director. The Senator told the newspapers that Mark was "the best policy guy in the country." In 2008, Mark was the Communications Director for Congressman Ron Paul's Presidential Campaign in Arkansas. Mark has been prominent in the Tea Party movement, and presently is a board member of "Neighbors of Arkansas", an anti-party group whose goal is to promote independent candidates for the state legislature and for local office. Mark and his wife Melissa have three children.
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Each pillar is covered in turn, where pillar four - lessons from history - is given extra attention. In it, seven lessons from history are provided, with its fourth lesson - the pinnacle of the well-structured book- offering a summary of seven principles of safe money and banking (in my opinion the highlight of the book). To stretch the use of number seven even further, within the seven principles is a reference to the seven characteristics if what is to be considered money.
The author is somewhat obsessed with number seven and also uses the number in devising a formula for how to charge a county a fee upon secessing from its state.
Finally, in discussing well-governed small states, number seven not surprisingly appears a couple of times.
The slight obsession with number seven does not diminish the value of the book, which provides a well-structured coverage of the balance between local and central control and offers a number of ingenious solutions for the current ills of a bloated centrally-governed United States.
Although the focus is on the US political system, with a number of states gathered under a nation, there are many similarities between the ills of the US and the ills of the EU.
One need not agree with everything that the author suggests, but considering the dire condition of our nation from federal to the local level, it's time that we start asking different questions.
There are many who argue that our nation has degenerated into fascism and fraud as a way of life. Certainly truth appears to be in short supply.
I recommend this book not because it supplies answers with which everyone will agree, but rather because it asks questions that everyone should consider.
ie the opposition to Globalism is clearly Localism.
Because I had already come to that conclusion, when I saw the title of this book and read the reviews it quickly went to the top of my essential reading list.
The author did it justice. The ideas and concepts he covered are covered well - and they need to be high on the list of topics on the table if there is any hope of reconstructing a nation of freedom after the collapse of empire.
In my opinion this is an essential and important work that deserves far more attention than it has had so far.
note: also highly recommended for many of the same reasons, "The Golden Mean" - Nelson Hultberg - http://bit.ly/1tkQmbN