This book addresses current political issues/trends that the author feels are indicative of a loss of personal freedom in America in exchange for goveThis book addresses current political issues/trends that the author feels are indicative of a loss of personal freedom in America in exchange for governmental promises of security. It fleshed out some conservative concepts that I had been aware of but never took the time to understand. The content is a fair summary of the thoughts of many notable (conservative) thinkers and politicians.
Would recommend only for those who believe in the principle of limited government and are comfortable with biblical views about the nature of man. It is definitely targeted towards today's political environment (and is a rallying cry for freedom fighters) so it will become a bit dated as time passes.
Quotes in the book: - "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries" - Winston Churchill - "Man is corrupt; and therefore his best chance to attain justice and freedom lies in keeping the hands of ambitious men from that power which invites corruption." - Russell Kirk - "Everyone must have an equal opportunity to pursue success, but everyone does not have an equal right to success." - Jim Demint - "Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be." - James Baldwin...more
This is certainly a timely book for America – I can only wonder what future generations will think of it. The only thing that troubled me was the undeThis is certainly a timely book for America – I can only wonder what future generations will think of it. The only thing that troubled me was the underlying assumption that globalization is good. It may make things easier, it may be inevitable, but I'm still not convinced that globalization is something that should be actively encouraged and pursued in all matters of society. Of course we need to respond to the world around us, but as Zakaria keenly illustrates, America has the ability to change the course of human events, if only our politicians can get over themselves. I was most impressed with the idea that our federal government (read:Washington) should be active on the international front, and domestic affairs should be left to the local government.
Great book to give a context for current global events. Slow going but definitely an illuminating and worthwhile read.
"Generations from now, when historians write about these times, they might note that, in the early decades of the twenty-first century, the United States succeeded in its great and historic mission – it globalized the world. But along the way, they might write, it forgot to globalize itself."
"This was the tragedy of Asia: even when there was knowledge, there was no learning."
"The answer lies in something the economist Martin Wolf noted. Describing the changing world, he wrote that economists used to discuss two basic concepts, capital and labor. But these are now commodities, widely available to everyone. What distinguishes economies today are ideas and energy."
"The result is ceaseless, virulent debate about trivia – politics as theater – and very little substance, compromise, and action. A “can-do” country is now saddled with a “do-nothing” political process, designed for partisan battle rather than problem solving."...more
The beginning and final chapters are a bit rough going, but the bulk of the book is engaging for anyone curious about Sarah Palin's political career.The beginning and final chapters are a bit rough going, but the bulk of the book is engaging for anyone curious about Sarah Palin's political career. You'll finish convinced that any one can make a difference in the political arena, if they can only withstand the heat....more
This book provided many insights on how and why events transpired as they did during Bush's presidency, and I found myself understanding the reasons bThis book provided many insights on how and why events transpired as they did during Bush's presidency, and I found myself understanding the reasons behind his more controversial decisions. I finished thinking "Wouldn't it be great to have lunch with GW & Laura?!" After reading this book, I doubt that anyone can deny that GW Bush was earnestly trying to accomplish what he thought was best for our country (regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum.)
The book is arranged topically rather than chronologically. I did get a little bored around ~3/4 through, but I think that had a lot more to do with my lack of interest in the topics towards the end.
Highly recommended for anyone living during Bush's presidency....more
This book is a series of case histories which represent how ambiguous, overreaching legislation comes in conflict with our constitutional rights. TheThis book is a series of case histories which represent how ambiguous, overreaching legislation comes in conflict with our constitutional rights. The author is very matter-of-fact and reasonable, however, I sometimes lost interest in the subject matter. The take home point of the book was that everyone could be tried and convicted daily of federal felonies, and Americans have a "common interest in protecting the rights even of those toward whom we might have no keen identification nor special affection."
Most infuriating case: The Court of appeals used the government prosecutor's definition (rather than the dictionary definition or the Dept of Commerce definition) of "specially designed" to convict Lachman and Subilia of violating and conspiring to violate the Export Administration Act of 1979.
Quotable Moment, pg. 163: "It is as if the primary purpose of the criminal law is to create prosecutions, rather than encourage conforming behavior to the law." (later) "In other words, anything that the lawyer does that makes the prosecutor's job harder is seen as a crime."...more