Liberty in Peril
Liberty in Peril

Liberty in Peril

Democracy and Power in American History


356 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: EPUB

Hardcover, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9781598133325


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When the United States was born in 1776, Americans viewed the role of government as the protection of their individual rights, or liberty. At that time, and now again 200+ years later, the enemy of individual liberty is an intrusive and regulation obsessed government. Over time, the ideology of democracy—the idea that the role of government is to carry out the will of the people, has displaced the ideology of liberty. Holcombe narrates an account of the political history that transformed the fundamental principle of American government from liberty to democracy. And why that shift from the protection of liberty to democratic collectivism has serious and negative economic and political consequences.

Author Biography

Randall G. Holcombe is the DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, past President of the Public Choice Society, and past President of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. He is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute.Dr. Holcombe is the author of twelve books, a contributing author to forty volumes and the author of more than 100 articles in professional journals. Among his books are The Economic Foundations of Government, Public Policy and the Quality of Life, Smarter Growth (ed. with S. Staley), From Liberty to Democracy, Writing Off Ideas, Public Sector Economics, Public Finance and the Political Process, and Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress. His primary areas of research are public finance and the economic analysis of public policy issues.He received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and he has taught at Texas A&M University and Auburn University.

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