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Dependent on D.C. is a compelling new book that raises serious questions about the future of liberty in America. Charlotte A. Twight proves beyond doubt that the growth of dependence on government in the past seventy years has not been accidental, that its creation has been bipartisan, and that it is accelerating. She reveals a universal tactic used by federal officials to ...more
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published January 12th 2002 by St. Martin's Press
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Beth Haynes
Jan 11, 2015 Beth Haynes rated it really liked it
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May 2014 - More than half way through (pg 228 of 336. An excellent look at the growth of the federal government, how and why it has been a one-way trip of ever-increasing growth in size and scope; the importance of deceptive language in gaining acceptance of government programs; the role of persistence and of exploiting insecurities and fears; culminating with the fact the programs created to address vulnerability actually end up increasing that vulnerability and thus dependence on government ...more
Michelle
May 17, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
This was NOT an easy read. The first two chapters were dense political theory of the sort I haven't tackled since grad school. The central chapters, about the areas of life we have surrendered control over to the federal government, were eye-opening and chilling. Twight shows step-by-step just how it happened that we have signed over our liberty in so many ways, encouraging us all to depend on the government for care in our old age, tax collection, health care, education, privacy rights, and the ...more
Randy
Jan 28, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it
Something akin to The Gulag Archipelago, or perhaps the first half of Shirer's Rise and Fall....

An economist/attorney reviews the steps taken by government to progressively centralize power at the federal level, and create a state of dependent citizens.

A good description of transaction costs, and how they are shrewdly manipulated (perhaps not even consciously) by pols and regulators.

If you're a progressive, big government fan, here's your handbook. This and Alinsky's Rules for Radicals tells yo
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Jason
Jun 06, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
One of the most influential books for my political philosophy and knowledge of 20th century U.S. history. Twight does her research with precision and thoroughness that demonstrates her commitment to scholarship and intellectual analysis. Twight brings to light the unashamed growth of the U.S. government in the 20th century and, based on analysis from Tocqueville and Bastiat among others, warns about the impending dangers that this will bring to American society. A worthwhile read.
Thomas
Mar 02, 2008 Thomas rated it it was ok
Interesting read... recommended by a friend who was attempting to turn me into a libertarian... more theory and reality, in my opinion: rosy assumptions regarding savings, rates of return being used to argue that the less government the better. makes plenty of sense - in a world without racial, gender or social bias. The Color of Wealth is (in my opinion) a required read as a source of real-world data, to place this lesson in theoretical economics into its proper context.
Fredrick Danysh
Aug 03, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
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The author makes a point that most Americans have surrendered self-responsibility to become virtual wards of the government. She examines how in one generation, the government has taken over control of most aspects of the lives of everyday Americans as well a a larger share of private earnings.
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