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Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government

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Politics and thieves, coercion and regulation, fascism and the Fed, centralization and liberty, workers and unions, trade and freedom, free-market achievements and government disasters in American history—this book covers it all!

Organized Crime collection of essays in the tradition of Austrian political economy—a combination of applied economics and the study of government
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published July 2012 by Ludwig von Mises Institute (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 18, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
I was already familiar with a fair amount of the information presented by DiLorenzo. That said, reading story after story of the abuses of the federal government in the United States does nothing to restore the glamorous view of American history that I once had...especially with his discussion of the Lincoln administration before, during, and after the civil war.

I am definitely in the pro nullification, pro secession, and anti-Lincoln camp after reading this book. I probably need to look into mo
Jason Hallmark
Feb 02, 2014 Jason Hallmark rated it it was amazing
DiLorenzo does it again!!! A real page turner that I could not put down for very long once I started it. His prose is very fluid and his acidic rhetoric gives life to the book. Some parts seemed repetitive, as if each chapter is meant to be a stand alone essay, and for that reason, one - theoretically - would not have to read the book in a linear fashion, and could skip around to read whatever chapters interested them the most. A must read!!!!!!
Apr 02, 2013 Geir rated it it was amazing
Not only a well written collection of articles, but hugely informative! So you didn't know that the State was evil? You haven't bought the logic behind organized coercion in the name of government? Then I can recommend this book. Did you know already that the State was evil? Then read this book to affirm that conviction.
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Sep 23, 2012 Monte McGuire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, technical
Good, but when he started disrespecting Abe Lincoln he lost me. His zero tolerance towards war misses it's mark with me. But the economy policies I can understand and make a lot of sense to me.
Nov 08, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DiLorenzo lays out a decent criticism of how Government, corrupted by size and motive, has engaged in forceful and deceitful acts against the populace.

To be honest, I really dislike collections of articles such as this and found in other "books". If an author is still alive, such collections are always better to be formed in to a true book that is able to cleanly explain a subject from start to finish. While DiLorenzo's articles are well written (and are quite often sourced with citations! Such
Nov 19, 2012 Manny rated it really liked it
Great book by Mr. DiLorenzo. I have read other books by this author and he has yet to publish something I did not find informative and/or educational. In "Organized Crime" he does not let me down.

The book contains roughly 52 Chapters, of which take you about 10-15 minutes depending on your reading speed (with the help of my Kindle PaperWhite, I am able to see my reading speed) These chapters are chock-full of information on how the government commits crimes against us. Not your run of the mill
JoséMaría BlancoWhite
The author doesn't mince words when criticizing all the evils caused and promoted by governments around the world -and through history- but especially in the United States. The book is full of proof and samples of crimes and stupidities commited legally on the people. It's amazing how many things we take for historical facts just because we heard them repeated many times by the politicized media. Dilorenzo debunks many of these historical myths. Lots of things, political and busineswise, to ...more
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Thomas James DiLorenzo is an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland. He identifies himself as an adherent of the Austrian School of economics. He is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and an associated scholar of the Abbeville Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech.
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