“In this bold and brilliant book, Patrick Garry takes on our overgrown government in the terms of its defenders: he systematically demolishes the argument that a larger government better serves the poor and vulnerable. It is simply essential reading.” —Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, author of The Fractured Republic and The Great Debate
The debate over the size and scope of the federal government has raged since the New Deal. So why have opponents of big government so rarely made political headway? Because they fail to address the fundamental issue.
Patrick M. Garry changes that in this short, powerful book. Garry, a law professor and political commentator, reveals six ways in which big government hurts the very people it purports to help: the poor, the working class, and the middle class. And the problem is worse than that. He shows that big government actually props up the rich, the powerful, and the politically connected.
The False Promise of Big Government thus debunks a myth widely accepted in politics today: that only government can help the average person survive and prosper in the contemporary world. Garry demonstrates that opponents of big government rely on arguments that are true but fail to address the heart of the issue. Yes, massive government programs are wasteful and impose huge economic costs on America, and yes, many of them violate constitutional provisions. But in focusing on economic and constitutional arguments, proponents of limited government cede the moral high ground to progressives.
The truth is that those who claim to speak for the “little guy” actually push for policies that harm the most vulnerable in society. And it is just as true that proponents of limited government don't ignore the working and middle classes but in fact are trying to free those individuals from a government that acts against their interests.
In just one hundred pages, The False Promise of Big Government lays out everything you need to know about why big government fails and how to overcome it at last.
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About the Author
Patrick M. Garry, JD, PhD, is professor of law at the University of South Dakota. He is the award-winning author of several books, including Conservatism Redefined, which received Honorable Mention in World magazine’s Book of the Year honors. Garry writes frequently for both popular and scholarly publications, and he has testified before Congress on several occasions. He has delivered hundreds of lectures across the country.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Exposing the Myth of Big Government 1
Point #1 Big Government Caters to Big Power 13
Point #2 Big Government Breeds Cronyism 26
Point #3 Big Government Is a Tool of the Elite 37
Point #4 Big Government Becomes Its Own End 54
Point #5 Big Government Backfires 71
Point #6 Big Government Crowds Out Civil Society 88
Conclusion Changing the Debate 102