The United States of America was born out of a bloody revolt against tyranny. Yet almost from its inception, the government here has suppressed liberty. In his sixth book on the Constitution and human freedom, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano asks: Where does freedom come from? How can government in America exercise power that the people have not given to it? What forces have collaborated to destroy personal freedom?
In this back-to-basics on freedom, Judge Napolitano addresses hard questions:
The Judge gives a sweeping treatment of natural rights and all the philosophical, religious, and ideological principles that underscore the concept of human freedom.
- Do we still have a Constitution?
- What are the limits to government power in a free society?
- Why does the government attack, rather than defend, our rights?
- If our rights are inalienable, how can the government take them away?
- Do we really own any private property?
Americans, have you looked at the state of your country, your government and its involvement in your lives and asked, "What happened?" How did a country that was born from a revolution of people saying "no" to a tyrannical government encroaching on individual lives evolve into an Orwellian nation where both major political parties are bickering on just how they are going to control your life? What happened to individual freedom and Natural Law? Judge Andrew P. Napolitano addresses this very issue in It Is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong.
Napolitano's introduction, while a bit dry, outlines two laws: Natural Law and Positive Law. Natural Law are rights that "every human being possess by virtue of being human." In other words, these are our God-given right to be free to choose. (For my non-believing readers, this is our plain ol' human nature.) Positive Law, on the other hand, are man-made laws given or taken away by other men or man-made institutions, such as governments.
Once you make it past the introduction, Napolitano takes you on a crash course in history, law and economics. As you make your way through theses chapters, I suspect that many people will become angry as their eyes are opened to the fact that we are not free, we do not have "life," "liberty," or the option to "pursue happiness" as everyday the United States Government encroaches more and more on this sovereign right that was penned in The Declaration of Independence.
And I suspect that Napolitano will make many people angry with the ideas that people have the right to be racist, to sell their organs and to do many things that would be considered offensive by the masses. I hope, once the anger subsides, that people will seriously start to think and ask themselves if the government should have control over your thoughts, your body, your property, your life.
The chapters on economics are the most enlightening, explaining in layman's terms the Federal Reserve, how it works and how it is killing our country. Napolitano's arguments are solid as he provides examples, gives both sides of the argument and is successful of putting the ideas of Positivism to shame. I also admired the fact that Napolitano reinforced the idea that we have not learned from the past and history does repeat itself. An appeal to tell us we must know our history, our true history, and that our children must learn it, understand it and keep it from happening again.
Napolitano penned a wonderful introduction to Libertarianism/Freedom/Restoring America. If you're an old-school revolutionary, this book may seem a bit obvious. However, for people who are starting to question the government, this book is for you. Read it, learn from it, think about it and buy a copy for your friend.
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Title: It Is Dangerous to be Right When the Government Is Wrong
Author: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Received from Booksneeze in return for honest opinion.
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Finally, this book was dedicated to Senator Ron Paul. He's once again running for president. If you're looking for someone who wants to restore the Constitution, limit government and actually knows about economics, Dr. Paul is your man.