In this brilliantly argued book, Murray takes a hard look at our dysfunctional, overextended government and recommends a drastic overhaul. As he proposes a government that is not just smaller but small overall, Murray's contention is that reduction in government can lead to a country with fewer criminals, fewer poor people, and fewer neglected ...
In this brilliantly argued book, Murray takes a hard look at our dysfunctional, overextended government and recommends a drastic overhaul. As he proposes a government that is not just smaller but small overall, Murray's contention is that reduction in government can lead to a country with fewer criminals, fewer poor people, and fewer neglected children. NPR sponsorship.
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Near Very Good. 8vo-over 7Š"-9Š" tall. Trade paperback. 178pp., Second printing. From the people who brought you Rand Paul, the intellectual underpinnings of how less government advances individual happiness and promotes the common weal. No previous ownership marks. Mild toning to pages else a clean, square, unmarked copy. No spine crease. Near very good.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-11-18 Murray (coauthor of The Bell Curve) is a skilled polemicist, and his manifesto for a radically downsized government should both gather adherents and challenge opponents. He argues from two basic points: freedom (associated with responsibility) is our birthright; and in most cases, government intervention has been ineffectual. While Murray allows for some level of state and local government, he recommends scrapping most federal agencies that deal with domestic policies. Arguing that civil rights laws have actually retarded progress against racism, he cites evidence that discrimination against Jews and the Irish declined without legislation; but this ignores the special stigma of race. Murray advocates a $3000 education voucher for each child and suggests optimistically that medical patients paying full fees will subsidize the costs of the indigent; but this says nothing about those in betweenŠthe majority of the population. Welfare and Social Security payments should end, to be replaced by individual saving and community support from voluntary associations. Murray's proposals posit a more responsible populaceŠa worthy goalŠyet they also assume a neighborly concern that may be lacking in our increasingly fragmented society. Moreover, his schema fails to address international comparisons (Canadian health care) and does not acknowledge how government has shaped an unequal status quo (e.g., mortgage interest deductions but little money for public housing). $100,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.)
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