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Philip

Grapevine, TX, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Libertarianism: A Primer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Boaz
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    David Boaz presents the essential guidebook to the libertarian perspective, detailing its roots, central tenets, solutions to contemporary policy dilemmas, and future in American politics. He confronts head-on the tough questions frequently posed to libertarians: What about inequality? Who protects the environment? What ties people together if they are essentially self-interested?

    Dennis says: "Clear, in-depth analysis"
    "Viable Third Option"
    Overall

    This book is an excellent introduction to the Libertarian philosophy. The first half is dedicated to a concise and informal history of governments and social contracts, and the second half is full of examples of how the Libertarian philosophy would address the problems of the world today. Obviously there will be no magic bullet that will fix all the world's problems, but any thinking man or woman will find this to be the most consistent and liberating course to take. If you enjoy this book, any book covering Rand's Objectivist philosophy should be next on your list.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shaping Justice: Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kermit L. Hall
    • Narrated By Kermit L. Hall
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    While the U.S. Constitution is the framework for governing the nation, the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of how this framework is implemented. The Supreme Court's crucial interpretation of the relationship between legal doctrine and social change is at the heart of this university-level course. By examining landmark Supreme Court cases that changed contemporary views of the law, Kermit L. Hall examines the essential role of this powerful institution in American life.

    Christopher says: "This... uh... was pretty... uh informative"
    "Interesting Material, Dry Presentation"
    Overall

    I have to agree with the "UH" reviewer that the stammering of Professor Hall was very distracting at times. I had to rewind on a few occasions to make sure I was following his line of thought, and on one occasion I realized I had actually understood the complete opposite of what the professor was getting at the first go 'round. While some may prefer only the decisions with direct social consequences (ie Dred Scott, Roe v. Wade, Koramatsu, etc), I found those involving the role of the federal government in regulating wages, monopolies, and child/female labor very interesting as well in light of the increasing growth of the federal government and its power relative to the view many of our founding fathers held regarding the influence of the federal government. Overall I would recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in several landmark cases and the rise in power of the Supreme Court.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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