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I'm not a politician. Like you, I'm sick of seeing government take almost half the national income and then dole it back to us as though we are children on an allowance. I'm tired of politicians using the crime problem as an excuse for seizing property and liberties from innocent citizens. And I'm not fooled by "welfare reform" that doesn't change anything, or by showy "spending cuts" that add up to a bigger government budget. As a lifelong libertarian, I'm running for president with a simple platform: We can ...
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I'm not a politician. Like you, I'm sick of seeing government take almost half the national income and then dole it back to us as though we are children on an allowance. I'm tired of politicians using the crime problem as an excuse for seizing property and liberties from innocent citizens. And I'm not fooled by "welfare reform" that doesn't change anything, or by showy "spending cuts" that add up to a bigger government budget. As a lifelong libertarian, I'm running for president with a simple platform: We can have higher incomes, safer cities, better schools, and a more civil society if we reduce the size of government drastically - rather than just slowing its growth. This book presents a realistic plan for cutting government, and it shows how you can make me keep my promises if elected.

This is the Libertarian presidential candidate's manifesto for change. Why Government Doesn't Work is Browne's summation of his platform--a provocative mix of ideas that will speak to the millions of Americans who feel ripped off and frustrated by big government, whether Democrats or Republicans are in charge.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312136239
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Breakdown of Government 1
2 What Is Government? 9
3 Oops! Why Government Programs Always Go Astray 13
4 Why Government Grows & Grows & Grows 17
5 If You Were King (The Dictator Syndrome) 20
6 How Did We Get in This Mess? 28
7 Government Doesn't Work 33
8 Once the Land of the Free 36
9 How Freedom Was Lost 39
10 How Much Freedom is Left? 48
11 Your Innocence Is No Protection 54
12 On the Road to a Better World 64
13 Fixing America's Problems 71
14 Why Freedom Brings Prosperity 76
15 How Your Life Is Regulated 81
16 Health Care - The Problem 93
17 Health Care - The Solution 101
18 Improving Education 112
19 Welfare 118
20 Fighting Crime or Playing Games? 127
21 A Weak National Defense 138
22 An Effective National Defense 146
23 How to Fix Social Security Once and for All 159
24 A Freedom Budget 170
25 Do We Really Want Government to Protect Family Values? 187
26 Neither of the Two Old Parties Will Save Us 193
27 What the President Can Do 203
Epilogue: A Message of Hope 217
App. A Acknowledgments 224
App. B Notes & Background Information 225
App. C Further Exploration 236
App. D The Author 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Our government doesn't work

    Mr. Browne explains our government just grows and grows, why that is bad, how we got into trouble, how we gave up much of our freedom, AND proposes solutions to fix these problems. It is easy to read and understand. An excellent place to start reading about our government, an intellectual call to arms. Though our representatives have the best of intentions, the laws and regulations they have imposed on us are mostly unconstitutional, just don't work as intended, and are simply making things worse. Our representatives keep regulating and taxing us (the people of the United States) to pay for it all, and they provide the best benefits for themselves. We will soon be a SOCIALIST country, instead of the Constitutionally Limited Federal REPUBLIC (not a Democracy) that we are ... if WE don't begin changing things NOW.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Inspiring, optimistic guide for politics of the future.

    Outstanding! If libertarians weren't so opposed to coercion, they'd make you read this book! Your life and awareness will change radically for the better. Nowhere else will you get such comprehensive coverage and complete honesty about The System and why (as you long suspected) no government on earth has ever worked well. Fresh viewpoints and deep insights into the way things work, especially politics. Libertarian philosophy borders on being scientifically provable, and will make you interested in politics and voting again. This book is an exposition of how virtually all minority groups of the world--racial minorities, neo-Nazis, Christians, Amish, anti-tax people, home schoolers, gun enthusiasts, naturists, homosexuals, prostitutes, pornographers, gamblers, Cannabis users, tobacco users, home brewers, farmers, environmentalists, Ferrari drivers, pilots, doctors, business owners, teachers, police, parents, liberals, conservatives, and everyone else--can realistically live together and still achieve their desired lifestyles without interference from Big Brother or their neighbors. This is the politics of the future.

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