Freedom In Chains
by James Bovard

  • Paperback:  352 pages
  • Publisher:  Palgrave Macmillan (May 2000)
  • ISBN:  0312229674 / 978-0312229672

    Publisherís Description
    Governments are bigger and more powerful than ever, while a citizenís ability to control his or her own life has never been less effective. Bovard shows how the State threatens to destroy the individual in order to preserve the belief that any government is superior to the citizen. Bovard asks how we got to this point and answers with a thoughtful look at the history of governmental control from ancient times to the present, peppered throughout with observations on our present day, out of control governmental regulatory commissions and all-confiscating IRS.


    Contents
     1    Introduction
     2    The Great Pretending: The State, Ideal & Real
     3    The Mirage of Welfare State Freedom
     4    Cagekeepers and Caretakers: Modern Democracy
     5    The Moral Glorification of Leviathan
     6    Sovereignty & Political Slavery
     7    Paternalism versus the Blessings of Libery
     8    A Few Thoughts on an Ideal Political Order
     9    Taking Coercion Seriously

    Acknowledgments
    Notes
    Index