Bound to be Free

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Hoover Press, 1982 - Business & Economics - 201 pages

 Why is that in the land of the free, special interests control what you eat, wear, and drive, while the government tells you how your children will be educated and how much you'll pay for life's essentials?

In Bound To Be Free—a book as clear and direct as it is powerful and persuasive—noted economist Richard B. McKenzie identifies the forces destroying you bit by bit and shows what can be done now to stop the erosion of individual and marketplace freedom before it is too late! In a daring departure, McKenzie argues that the key to each person's freedom is a business community free of government favor as well as interference. Only a reassertion of the principles of constitutional democracy will really speak to the people's deeply felt need to "get the government off our backs."

Citing case after case, McKenzie demonstrates that the root problem is that everyone but the ultimate consumer is paying the "economy-by-government game."

Bound To Be Free goes beyond a tough objective delineation of our economic malaise. It provides a hard-hitting, multifaceted program that includes a free market constitutional amendment, and enforceable way to limit the government's ability to levy taxes and print money, and a novel procedure to eliminate the control of Congress by special interests. The result is a message of hope and freedom for all Americans.


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Richard B. McKenzie is Professor of Economics at Clemson University. A syndicated radio commentator or economic issues and an award-winning teacher, he has published numerous scholarly articles ranging in subject from the economics of education to applied microeconomics. Besides the present work, he has authored or coauthored a number of other books, including New World of Economics, which has been used since 1975 in over 500 colleges and universities around the world and has been translated into three languages. Noting the calrity of argument and readability of this work, the Wall Street Journal began its review with the question "How long has it been since you curled up with a delightful textbook on economics? Absurd though that may sound, you may want to take The New World of Economics to bed with you some night soon." Readers will find that the Journal's comments apply equally to Bound To Be Free.

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