The Politics of Envy: Statism As Theology (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1994 - Political Science - 338 pages
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The Politics of Envy is a fit and proper sequel to the author's previous book, "The Politics of Plunder. "But beyond the previous collection, Doug Bandow herein offers a theoretical rationale for the current malaise in central government in the United States. He sees the core problem as the immense increase in government spending combined with regulatory machinery that extends to every area of life--from the uses of private property, occupational choices, to issues of employment, trade, and taxation.

Bandow sees these centrifugal forces as gaining ground over personal virtue and freedom without much regard to party labels. Indeed, he is at pains to point out that spending and regulation rose particularly dramatically during the previous Bush Administration; and shows few signs of abetting during the current Clinton Administration. But the work emphasizes not simply federal government initiatives to curb freedom of choice, but how this extends to sociological and ideological trends in which extremists pit the values of liberty and virtue against each other. While the book covers familiar ground; issues of abortion, environment, collective security and national defense, international debt, health and welfare, it does so with a unified theory of a morally centered approach to political questions of the times. Written with his customary verve, the book beckons to become a benchmark of libertarian thought--one that will appeal to people for whom questions of political morality remain unsettled as well as unsettling.

  

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Contents

Virtue versus Freedom? Allies or Antagonists?
3
God and the Economy Is Capitalism Moral?
11
Should Christians Be Statists?
19
Libertarians and Christians in a Hostile World
25
The Real Meaning of Choice
39
From ProChoice to ProCoercion
43
The Escalating Abortion Wars
47
Ecology as Religion Faith in Place of Fact
53
The Pharmaceutical Industry Problem or Solution?
215
National Service Utopias Revisited
223
Real Welfare Reform An Idea Whose Time Has Come
237
War on Drugs or America?
245
Still Paying for Government
297
The Decade of Envy
301
Not Theirs to Give
305
Tax Fairness ClintonStyle
309

Environmentalism The Triumph of Politics
75
Keep the Troops and the Money at Home
91
The Pitfalls of Collective Security
107
The Misdeeds of International Aid
131
World Bank Servant of Governments Not Peoples
149
Americas Regulatory Dirty Dozen
177
Whither Health Care in the Age of Clinton?
195
The New Democrats Spend and Tax Rather than Tax and Spend
315
A CoasttoCoast Federal Dole
321
The Time of the Political Locusts
327
The NEA They Still Dont Get It
331
Index
335
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About the author (1994)

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.

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