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Striking the Root

In this volume, Lawrence W. Reed identifies the root of many of America’s evils today: a failure to recognize that government rests on the use of force. This fundamental feature of government may be a boon when used to protect our individual freedoms, but it is a bane when used to diminish these freedoms in pursuit of a political faction’s idea of a good cause.
Although he has no radio show or nationally syndicated column, Reed, president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan, is one of the most quietly influential people in the American freedom movement today. It is fitting, then, that this volume draws primarily on his past columns for The Freeman, an unpretentious magazine with a resonant voice that has reached some of America’s most prominent people, including a onetime presidential hopeful named Ronald Reagan. In that tradition of plain speaking, Reed demonstrates that the clarion call of liberty will always find an audience, even in a world clamoring for chains. 97 pages. … more

What Everyone Should Know About Economics and Prosperity

Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman endorses this book as a "splendid and informed exposition of the basic principles of economics . . . the exposition [is] simple, concise, lucid, and free from jargon." The authors explain not only how free markets work, but also how and why excessive taxation and other government interventions lead to a diminished standard of living. Great for students and teachers! 119 pages. … more

The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America

Many students are taught that 19th century "robber barons" exploited their customers on the way to making America an economic colossus. Dr. Folsom makes the crucial distinction between business leaders of this period-economic entrepreneurs whose efforts broke monopolies, created wealth, and helped millions out of poverty, and political entrepreneurs who sought political influence and government subsidies to build their business empires. Now in its third printing, Myth of the Robber Barons explodes the misperception that the great competitors of the 19th century made their gains unjustly, while it exposes the damage done by those who depended primarily on state favors. 170 pages. … more

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