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The challenge to liberty, Hardcover – 1934

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: C. Scribner's sons; First Edition edition (1934)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 119965714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1199657145
  • ASIN: B0006AMMIM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,409,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The thinking of Herbert Hoover eighty years ago was as up to date with modern conservative thought as if he was writing today. He predicted that some of the things happening today were inevitable if the people continued to let the government move in a socialistic direction. Although he predates George Orwell's 1982, his work is surprising and awakening.
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By Kat1979 on December 16, 2014
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Decries/rejects Nazism, Fascism, Communism, and pretty words on liberty, then a stop-light simile in defense of [private] regulation and posits that the days of Adam Smith are over.. Progressive Republican: loves to spend, doesn't like to pay for it? Not sure what to do with this. Possibly retain, read again. First "progressive" era.
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This book is a fascinating piece of the historical record. Just a year into the New Deal former President Hoover raised questions that are very valid in judging the Roosevelt Administration today. Hoover was
certainly not a religious writer and clearly was not trying to write in those terms. But the question of whether America sold its birthright of liberty for the relief it hoped to gain from the Depression is too
obvious to be missed. Indeed, Benjamin Franklin's statement that those who would sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither would seem to come up, too. Do those who would sacrifice liberty for economic
security deserve either? That seems a real enough question to give this piece of the historical record significant contemporary value.
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This is Hoover's response to the New Deal programs, and it is based on his view that the programs would undermine the respect that individuals have for both freedom and liberty. It turns out that he is correct, but in this work Hoover offers a great insight into how these programs change the nature of citizenship. He argues that these programs replace self-sufficency with reliance upon government. That, he further argues, makes people come to view themselves in terms of being wards of the state. These programs just work to extinguish the self reliance that made America great, and that is why they needed to be repealed then. This book is important because it shows that Hoover saw what would occur with some accuracy. Get it and learn.
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It would be instructive to compare Hoover's unintentionally-hilarious reactionary tripe with whatever piffle emerges from G. W. Bush's forthcoming memoirs. Great failures think alike, after all.
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