Synopses & Reviews
In Liberty Defined, congressman and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ron Paul returns with his most provocative, comprehensive, and compelling arguments for personal freedom to date.
The term "Liberty" is so commonly used in our country that it has become a mere cliché. But do we know what it means? What it promises? How it factors into our daily lives? And most importantly, can we recognize tyranny when it is sold to us disguised as a form of liberty?
Dr. Paul writes that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions. It is the seed of America.
This is a comprehensive guide to Dr. Paul's position on fifty of the most important issues of our times, from Abortion to Zionism. Accessible, easy to digest, and fearless in its discussion of controversial topics, LIBERTY DEFINED sheds new light on a word that is losing its shape.
"In his latest book, the long-time Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate puts his distinctive libertarian spin on some of the most controversial topics in American politics. He sees the primary battle as a struggle to throw off a creeping authoritarianism, characterized by unchecked government spending, foreign military incursions, and other excesses, in order to recapture the original liberties that the Founding Fathers proscribed. Eliminating tyranny from contemporary politics can only be achieved by embracing liberty and not by relying on failed government programs and misunderstood protections, according to Paul. To accomplish that goal, the tyrannical excesses of both Democrats and Republicans must be reined in. In alphabetical order, Paul tackles an eclectic mix of topics from abortion and campaign finance reform to terrorism and Zionism; the unifying construct being that these weighty issues are 'controversial' and 'tend to confuse people.' He is an equal opportunity critic who doesn't hesitate to underline contradictions emanating from both parties. Groupings by topic would have made more sense, but it's a small quibble for anyone determined to understand how Ron Paul views America.
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About the Author
Dr. Ron Paul is a physician and twelve-term congressman from Texas who ran for president in 2008. He is the chairman of the domestic monetary policy subcommittee, and the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Revolution: A Manifesto and End The Fed. An advocate of sound money, personal liberty, free markets, and international peace, he is chairman of the FREE Foundation, founder of the Campaign for Liberty, and distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He and Carol, his wife of fifty-three years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.