Books: Why Government Doesn’t Work by Harry Browne

Today’s book recommendation is Harry Browne’s 1996 campaign book which is an excellent nuts and bolts look at libertarianism applied to America’s big government. We share this in honor of his running mate from that cycle, @Jo4liberty , winning the @LPNational nomination. he is running in much of what he shared in this book because the libertarian message never changes: “With the federal government out of your everyday life, your city can be safe, your school can reflect your values, your earnings are yours to use as you think best. “You can buy what you want, sell what you want, deal with your employer without the government to interfere, and live your own life by your own values. The blessings of liberty touch everyone. And liberty is America’s destiny.” – Harry Browne

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Available for the first time on Kindle, Harry Browne’s Why Government Doesn’t Work is the 1995 book that transformed so many readers into Libertarians – and gave existing Libertarians the arguments and explanations that enabled them to convert their friends to Libertarian ideas.

This book demonstrates persuasively why government programs:

— Have a failure rate over 99%,
— Never live up to their promises,
— Too often do the exact opposite of what was promised for them,
— Always cost far more than their initial estimates, and
— Create the conditions that justify enlarging themselves and adding more government programs.

The book provides answers to numerous questions that are sometimes perplexing:

— Why so many people keep falling for political promises,
— How America went from the land of the free to the land of government dominance,
— Why new government intrusions always wind up hurting the innocent more than the guilty, and
— How to get people to give up their favorite government programs.

And the book offers some surprising conclusions:

— How the civil rights laws have turned into a national nightmare,
— How America has an overwhelming national offense, but practically no national defense,
— How school vouchers could destroy private schools,
— Why America has no missile defense after 20 years of the government working on it,
— How government regulation makes your life less safe, and
— Why every political complaint about our “free market” health-care system is a reason to get the government completely out of health care.

In addition, the book shows why the libertarian message should resonate with the young, the elderly, the poor, the rich, people of every religion, people on welfare, reformers, and even government employees.

There are chapters on education, welfare, health care, law enforcement, the military, Social Security, family values, and the income tax. There’s a plan for freeing you immediately from the Social Security tax, without having to deny retired people what they’ve been led to expect.

There’s even a Freedom Budget – showing how the federal government could get by on just $100 billion a year, and how we can get from here to there quickly.

Written in Harry Browne’s patented easy-to-follow style, sprinkled with his good humor, and with every detail covered, this book is guaranteed to help you become a more persuasive salesman of liberty.

Chris Spangle is the publisher and editor of We Are Libertarians, a news site and podcast that covers national and Indiana politics from the libertarian perspective. Spangle previously worked in marketing for the Englehart Group on behalf of the Advocates for Self-Government. He also served as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana and producer of the Abdul in the Morning Show. He now works as the web director of a nationally syndicated morning show.

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