This is a book about human nature wrapped in the bacon strips of purposeful motion. You do need to be interested in how and why things work, but if you are, this book is chock full of delicious tidbits that make you really want to send it to your local DoT. Regardless, there are a multitude of those moments when you either see yourself or someone you know (or if you're listening on the road, someone you're watching). This book should be mandatory reading in every drivers' ed class.
While Dr. Wiker (Ph.D. in Theological Ethics) does a fair job in detailing why these ten books had some bad ideas, he is more interested in demonizing all things that have been influenced by these books. Now, many of them are based on non- and pseudo-science and deserve a good thrashing, but he is really launching his judgments from a traditional Judeo-Christian platform, which is also based on a non-science book (albeit one with a richer and thicker sheen of cultural strength).
This is far more an attack on liberal ideas (some of which deserve attacking), than a serious intellectual treatise. And while I agree with many of the concepts, the premise is flawed and I feel disappointed by what I thought was going to be some serious logical thinking and all I kept hearing was, "this is bad because God says so".
This book should be moved to the Religious section.
I'll admit it: I read this for my academic vanity. I convinced myself that reading this version was important due to its place among historic tomes. I should have gone for another version, though, as my real interest was in what happened and why it was important. I'm certain the translation was good, but the story still meandered a great deal through various speeches (that may or may not have actually occurred).
Bottom line: the narrative lends itself better to capturing the smell of the era more so than the actual taste of the events.
After reading the last FairTax book, I still had some questions. This book answered them and strengthened my belief in this version of a consumption tax. It sites in-depth research and includes supporting statements from well-respected economic minds. It also made me realize that criticism generally comes from three sources: those invested in the current system, those who do not understand the FairTax, and those who don't believe the research behind it. The first group is essentially several thousand individuals holding hundreds of millions in thrall. The second group is the largest and will glean the most from the book. The last group is using either someone else's word or their own intuition to counter over $20 million in research. The fact is that the research is out there and open to scrutiny while the counter sources generally are either not open, or use entirely different math (usually based on some questionable assumptions).
Final word: this could be the most important change to our government in our or the next generation.
It was also read well by one of the authors.
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