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By the People Audiobook

By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission

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Publisher's Summary

The American way of life, built on individual liberty and limited government, is on life support.

American freedom is being gutted. Whether we are trying to run businesses, practice vocations, raise our families, cooperate with our neighbors, or follow our religious beliefs, we run afoul of the government - not because we are doing anything wrong but because the government has decided it knows better. When we object, that government can and does tell us, "Try to fight this, and we'll ruin you."

In this provocative book, acclaimed social scientist and best-selling author Charles Murray shows us why we can no longer hope to roll back the power of the federal government through the normal political process. The Constitution is broken in ways that cannot be fixed even by a sympathetic Supreme Court. Our legal system is increasingly lawless, unmoored from traditional ideas of "the rule of law." The legislative process has become systemically corrupt no matter which party is in control.

But there's good news beyond the Beltway. Technology is siphoning power from sclerotic government agencies and putting it in the hands of individuals and communities. The rediversification of American culture is making local freedom attractive to liberals as well as conservatives. People across the political spectrum are increasingly alienated from a regulatory state that nakedly serves its own interests rather than those of ordinary Americans.

The even better news is that federal government has a fatal weakness: It can get away with its thousands of laws and regulations only if the overwhelming majority of Americans voluntarily comply with them. Murray describes how civil disobedience backstopped by legal defense funds can make large portions of the 180,000-page Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable through a targeted program that identifies regulations that arbitrarily and capriciously tell us what to do.

©2015 Charles Murray (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    george 11-06-15
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    "Maybe our only alternative"

    Author has some good ideas on civil disobedience, backed by a defense support group, that may reduce the authoritarian demands of the regulatory state. I think he's right that the politicians will never fix the problem.

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    Matthew Dilworth 06-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best"

    By the people is a heavy book about the road ahead to reform. This reform is not just about progressive or conservative effort, but it is about the American people from every background standing together for liberty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Georgia 05-10-16
    Dallas Georgia 05-10-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Info"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator should be the head honcho in a sleep study...he could put a dead man to sleep with his relentless monotone.


    Any additional comments?

    It is sad...the book is filled with great information, but the narrator was so bad I could barely stay awake while trying to listen. Hint: next time think Dennis Boutiskaris, who is the best narrator you have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Finally, some possible solutions"

    This book offers an outstanding education on the constitution including is creation and how it has been hijacked by progressives. Most importantly it offers real solutions to regain our liberty.

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    Ethan D. Gilkey 03-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is well-researched, compelling, and practical.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of By the People?

    When the concept of "The Madison Fund" was introduced. (If you Bing "the madison fund", he's not talking about the investment firm that you will find)


    What about John H. Mayer’s performance did you like?

    It has an authoritative tone, but with appropriate levels of expression and character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How the American people can de-incentivize the overreaches of the regulatory state


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. I hope that the ideas expressed in this book come to fruition

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin G. Lara 01-18-16

    All Hail Buff Jesus!

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    "Hard to listen to because of the painful truth"
    Would you listen to By the People again? Why?

    Yes, because it is important to understand, fully, the reasons for the problems that we as a society currently face.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters to choose favorites from.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scene is Favorited. It is a grim reminder of our current course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My view was further clarified through this book. My reaction was of sadness and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book and try to change yourself and the people around you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dzolli 09-29-15
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    "wow! very thoughtful and engaging"

    fantastic! I loved the way in which the author compared popular ideas to solve government overreach which cannot overcome key legal precedents. solutions are believable and realistic

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    Cheryl Waller Tampa, FL United States 09-23-15
    Cheryl Waller Tampa, FL United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Well reasoned."

    Not what I wanted to hear, but I cannot argue Mr Murray's logic. This is a plausible blueprint for saving America.
    Easy to listen to.

    Narrator and audio quality are great.

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    Thomas Stamper Orlando, FL 10-30-16
    Thomas Stamper Orlando, FL 10-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "How the Citizen can Overcome the Instrusive State"
    Would you consider the audio edition of By the People to be better than the print version?

    I think the book would work either way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of By the People?

    The full understanding of how unelected officials run the government.


    Have you listened to any of John H. Mayer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Mayer.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The way the system works frustrates me. Murray has a viable option to wrestle back freedom, but I have my doubts that people would band together in time to make a difference,


    Any additional comments?

    Like anything Murray writes, it's original and thought provoking. It was a great listen during my daily commute to work.

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    Susan Mattapoisett, Morocco 06-25-15
    Susan Mattapoisett, Morocco 06-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Alternative ideas for saving America"

    Madisonian principles can be advanced through truth and common sense. We just have to look at it through a different window.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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