The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure

The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure

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by Kevin D. Williamson
     
 

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In The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome, Kevin Williamson, a National Review Online contributor, makes the bold argument that the United States government is disintegrating—and that it is a good thing!

Williamson offers a radical re-envisioning of government, a powerful analysis of why it doesn’t work, and an exploration of

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In The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome, Kevin Williamson, a National Review Online contributor, makes the bold argument that the United States government is disintegrating—and that it is a good thing!

Williamson offers a radical re-envisioning of government, a powerful analysis of why it doesn’t work, and an exploration of the innovative solutions to various social problems that are spontaneously emerging as a result of the failure of politics and government.

Critical and compelling, The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure lays out a thoughtful plan for a new system, one based on success stories from around the country, from those who home-school their children to others who have successfully created their own currency.

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At last, a conservative treatise that isn't too bilious to taste--and that is often entertaining even as it is provocative. National Review columnist Williamson, like so many on the political hard right, wants to shrink government to a size, as Grover Norquist infamously said, that it can be drowned in the bathtub. This is not because government has no purpose, but since it has become an essentially criminal enterprise: "It is a monopoly on violence," he writes at one point about the propensity of "men with guns" to arrive on the scene once an official has decided that an enterprise--a protest against corruption, say, or girls selling lemonade to raise money for cancer research--is against its interests. Government, the author writes, is self-perpetuating and self-serving, and its minions, in whom we have entrusted power, "are plainly incompetent…and…cannot be trusted." He adds, using the old libertarian argument, that the mechanism by which power is enshrined in a supposedly democratic society is suspect, even oxymoronic, inasmuch as the social contract is the only one that does not require or even request endorsement from members of society. Williamson is eminently reasonable throughout, even when he's burning down city hall. His calls for privatization of some aspects of the law and of the entitlement system sound much less shrill than those of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, and he even allows that the rich should properly pay more tax than the poor--though perhaps to the poor directly, in the form of an invested trust, rather than to the state, since "money given to politics gets used for politics, for all of Washington's hollow talk about ‘investment.' " It's a pleasure to find so even and logical a voice in these pages, which deserve broad airing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062220684
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
229
Sales rank:
1,184,348
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin D. Williamson covers the intersection of economics, politics, and culture for National Review and National Review Online. His highly regarded Exchequer column relies on his trademark "English-major math" to chronicle the daily growth of the national debt and the ugly symbiotic relationship between Washington and Wall Street. He is a regular on Kudlow & Company, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and National Public Radio, and has appeared on dozens of other television news and talk-radio shows. He has served as a professor at The King's College and as director of the journalism program at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He lives in New York City.

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The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont understand
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Online_Adjunct More than 1 year ago
The book was well written and explains why America is on an unsustainable path, but the author does not make it clear why the end is going to be awesome, except to hint at ways that technology can be used to help individuals bypass the hazards and obstacles. I would have liked to see footnotes or endnotes to document where the information came from.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never has the end of the world as we know it seemed so utopian. The invisible--and seemingly,magic--hand of the marketplace is going to solve all of our problems. Privatizing prisons works so well--at killing the inmates because the profit mongers do not want to spend money on their care. Being in prison should not be a de facto death sentence. Charter schools do not, as a group, do a better job than the educational colossus he so deplores in delivering measurable gains. At least he doesn't have a shrill tone. Still, the changes that he lusts for would cause tremendous dislocation, real physical harm to many and would further lead to the socioeconomic stratification that putting the market winners and manipulators--i.e. the rich--in charge has caused, so far.