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Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America
     

Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America

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by Matt Kibbe
 

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“My friend Matt Kibbe uniquely understands what the Tea Party movement is really all about, where it’s going, and why it’s happening now.”
—Glenn Beck

Matt Kibbe, the high-profile leader of FreedomWorks—which the New York Times calls, “the most influential Tea Party-aligned group in Washington”—now

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“My friend Matt Kibbe uniquely understands what the Tea Party movement is really all about, where it’s going, and why it’s happening now.”
—Glenn Beck

Matt Kibbe, the high-profile leader of FreedomWorks—which the New York Times calls, “the most influential Tea Party-aligned group in Washington”—now offers an intelligent, aggressively argued attack on the American federal government machine in Washington, D.C. In Hostile Takeover, Kibbe, co-author (with Dick Armey) of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto, provides a blueprint for “resisting centralized government’s stranglehold on America,” in order to return the nation to the more workable system our Founding Fathers originally intended.

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FreedomWorks president Kibbe (Rules for Patriots, 2010, etc.) attempts to make the Tea Party case for smaller, less expensive government. The author's primary target is the "unholy alliance between big business and big government." While this sounds much like a grievance of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Kibbe contends that OWS differs from the Tea Party because of the former's lack of respect for private property rights and because OWS advocates using government to curb business, an approach doomed to failure because it "ignores the political power of big business to effectively lobby government for favors." In a jaunty style replete with pop-culture references, the author presents critiques of progressivism and of such standard conservative bugbears as the Federal Reserve, the Internal Revenue Code and the Department of Education. He marshals compelling statistics and diverting anecdotes that effectively portray his targets as examples of an expensive and unaccountable government run amok. His solutions, however--a return to the gold standard, a flat income tax, more school choice, etc.--are utterly predictable, and the text is liberally larded with right-wing cant, unsupported contentions and tired tropes like "We the People." Though he promises to show how the Tea Party will "return power from self-appointed 'experts' back to the people," this is no trumpet call for specific popular action. Even elections are apparently not really critical; "real change," writes Kibbe, "isn't really about political power anyway…It's about the paradigm shift, from the top-down to the bottom-up." The author suggests only that readers "embrace the beautiful chaos of citizen action and, by our movement's success, prove that freedom works." A rambling exposition of Tea Party grievances with the tone of preaching to a rather bored choir.
Glenn Beck
"Hostile Takeover is essential reading for anyone looking to understand how individual freedom can prevail in a world of decentralized information. Matt Kibbe and this book provide us all with a roadmap on how to take back our lives, liberties, and responsibilities. "
Geraldo Rivera
"Matt Kibbe is a warrior for the cause of limited government. He is a citizen activist who makes sense, and his well-researched and passionately argued book is a strong addition to the discussion that will eventually define the constitutional balance between government and people- power."
Senator - Rand Paul
"Matt Kibbe brings an intellectual foundation to the national outcry for limited government. Hostile Takeover proves we come armed and prepared for battle, and that we are prepared to fight in the arena of ideas."
Senator - Mike Lee
"Few understand the decentralized nature of politics today like Matt Kibbe. In Hostile Takeover, is a must read for anyone trying to understand where the freedom movement is going next."
Judge - Andrew P. Napolitano
"If you want to know how the free market can bring about prosperity when it is free of the heavy hand of government central planners, Matt Kibbe has a gift for you. It is the refreshingly readable Hostile Takeover."
GLENN BECK
Hostile Takeover is essential reading for anyone looking to understand how individual freedom can prevail in a world of decentralized information. Matt Kibbe and this book provide us all with a roadmap on how to take back our lives, liberties, and responsibilities. ”
GERALDO RIVERA
“Matt Kibbe is a warrior for the cause of limited government. He is a citizen activist who makes sense, and his well-researched and passionately argued book is a strong addition to the discussion that will eventually define the constitutional balance between government and people- power.”
SENATOR RAND PAUL (R-Kentucky)
“Matt Kibbe brings an intellectual foundation to the national outcry for limited government. Hostile Takeover proves we come armed and prepared for battle, and that we are prepared to fight in the arena of ideas.”
SENATOR MIKE LEE (R-Utah)
“Few understand the decentralized nature of politics today like Matt Kibbe. In Hostile Takeover, is a must read for anyone trying to understand where the freedom movement is going next.”
JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO
“If you want to know how the free market can bring about prosperity when it is free of the heavy hand of government central planners, Matt Kibbe has a gift for you. It is the refreshingly readable Hostile Takeover.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062196019
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are Saying About This

Mike Lee
“Few understand the decentralized nature of politics today like Matt Kibbe. In Hostile Takeover, is a must read for anyone trying to understand where the freedom movement is going next.”
Geraldo Rivera
“Matt Kibbe is a warrior for the cause of limited government. He is a citizen activist who makes sense, and his well-researched and passionately argued book is a strong addition to the discussion that will eventually define the constitutional balance between government and people- power.”
Rand Paul
“Matt Kibbe brings an intellectual foundation to the national outcry for limited government. Hostile Takeover proves we come armed and prepared for battle, and that we are prepared to fight in the arena of ideas.”
Glenn Beck
Hostile Takeover is essential reading for anyone looking to understand how individual freedom can prevail in a world of decentralized information. Matt Kibbe and this book provide us all with a roadmap on how to take back our lives, liberties, and responsibilities. ”
Andrew P. Napolitano
“If you want to know how the free market can bring about prosperity when it is free of the heavy hand of government central planners, Matt Kibbe has a gift for you. It is the refreshingly readable Hostile Takeover.

Meet the Author

Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks. Prior to joining FreedomWorks, he served as chief of staff and House Budget Committee associate for Rep. Dan Miller (R, FL). From 1990 to 1993 Kibbe was director of the Federal Budget Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, he served as senior economist for the Republican National Committee.

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Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So refreshing to see someone stand up to the Washington establishment.
NonnieJay More than 1 year ago
I was interested in the history of the Tea Party, and this book covers that, as well as the criticisms and mis-reporting that has occurred in the majority media. It isn't an easy read and sometimes I glossed over parts that went on longer than necessary to make a point. Overall, it was good information about the Tea Party and all Americans who should be wary of any Federal Government that would continually takeover our Rights under the U.S. Constitution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm glad people are taking more of a notice of our sorry state of affairs.
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