Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't

Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't

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by Steve Forbes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 030795157X

ISBN-13: 2900307951570

Pub. Date: 08/21/2012

Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group

From Steve Forbes, the iconic editor in chief of Forbes Media, and Elizabeth Ames coauthors of How Capitalism Will Save Us—comes a new way  of thinking about the role of government  and the morality of free markets.

Americans today are at a turning point. Are we a coun­try founded on the values of freedom and

Overview

From Steve Forbes, the iconic editor in chief of Forbes Media, and Elizabeth Ames coauthors of How Capitalism Will Save Us—comes a new way  of thinking about the role of government  and the morality of free markets.

Americans today are at a turning point. Are we a coun­try founded on the values of freedom and limited gov­ernment, as envisioned by the founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? Or do we want to become a European-style socialist democ­racy? What best serves the public good—freedom or Big Government?
 
In Freedom Manifesto, Forbes and Ames offer a new twist on this historic debate. Today’s bloated and bureau­cratic government, they argue, is anything but a force for compassion. Instead of assuring fairness, it promotes favoritism. Instead of furthering opportunity, it stifles economic growth. Instead of unleashing innovation and material abundance, its regulations and price controls create rigidity and scarcity. Not only are Big Govern­ment’s inefficient and ever-expanding bureaucracies ill-equipped to deliver on their promises—they are often guilty of the very greed, excess, and corruption routinely ascribed to the private sector.
 
The only way to a truly fair and moral society, the authors say, is through economic freedom—free people and free markets. Throughout history, open markets have helped the poor and everyone else by unleashing unprecedented creativity, generating wealth, and raising living standards. Promoting trust, generosity, and de­mocracy, economic freedom has been a more powerful force for individual rights, self-determination—and hu­manity—than any government bureaucracy.
 
Freedom Manifesto captures the spirit of a new movement that is questioning old ideas about the mo­rality of government and markets for the first time since the Great Depression. Going beyond the familiar explanations and sound bites, the authors provide a fully developed framework of “first principles” for a true understanding of the real moral and ethical distinctions between more and less government. This timely and provocative book shows why free markets and liberty are the only way to a better future and a fair and humane society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900307951570
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
A Battle for the Soul of America
 
1
FedEx or the Post Office?
Free Markets Meet People’s Needs, Big Government Meets Its Own Needs
 
2
Freedom or Big Brother?
Choice Versus Coercion
 
3
Silicon Valley or Detroit?
Creativity Versus Rigidity
 
4
Paychecks or Food Stamps?
Empowerment Versus Dependence
 
5
Apple or Solyndra?
Meritocracy Versus Cronyism
 
6
The Spirit of Reagan—or Obama?
Optimism and Cooperation Versus Pessimism and Distrust
 
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book - tackles contemporary issues within the libertarian framework Forbes is so well known for. I recommend it. Things keep coming up in the campaign that Forbes discusses. I'm smarter because I read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. Highly recommend to all who think government control has grown far to large.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the taker society, formerly the maker society. This book is a great take on the wrong path this country has been going down for decades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book considerably; however, I found it necessary to read slowly and focus intently due to the heaviness of the material. While I still found the book relavent and useful, I wish it had been treated with just a bit more of an anecdotal approach with less theory. The summary sections at the beginning of each chapter were the most interesting contents but strained my eyes due to the combination of their length and being italicized on my e-reader. Overall, very good. A good read with a few notable missteps.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U ok?