Downsizing the U.S.A.

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997 - Religion - 289 pages
Naylor and William argue that our government, our cities, our corporations, our schools, our churches, our military, and our social welfare system are all too big, too powerful, too intrusive, too insular, and too unresponsive to the needs of individual citizens and small local communities. They propose specific strategies for decentralizing and downsizing virtually every major institution in America, including America itself. The authors audaciously call for the peaceful dissolution of the United States through secession and provide a thoughtful game plan for achieving this controversial objective.

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There is much to love in Downsizing the USA, but there are many flaws. The breathe of the book is refreshing. Instead of simply taking a high-level view or narrowing to look at economics, politics ... Read full review

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Duke University professors Naylor (emeritus, economics) and Willimon (Christian ministry) here prescribe smallness in everything, from business to the military to healthcare to education, then finally ... Read full review


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Page 21 - In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Page 2 - We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.

About the author (1997)

William H. Willimon is Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University. He is the author (or co-author) of many books, including The Truth About God; Lord, Teach Us; Resident Aliens; and Where Resident Aliens Live(all with Stanley Hauerwas); and The Search for Meaning. He lives in Durham, NC.

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