Entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and upward mobility: These traditions are at the heart of the free enterprise system, and have long been central to America’s exceptional culture. In recent years, however, policymakers have dramatically weakened these traditions—by exploding the size of government, propping up their corporate cronies, and trying to reorient our system from rewarding merit to redistributing wealth.
In The Road to Freedom, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks shows that this trend cannot be reversed through materialistic appeals about the economic efficiency of capitalism. Rather, free enterprise requires a moral defense rooted in the ideals of earned success, equality of opportunity, charity, and basic fairness. Brooks builds this defense and demonstrates how it is central to understanding the major policy issues facing America today.
The future of the free enterprise system has become a central issue in our national debate, and Brooks offers a practical manual for defending it over the coming years. Both a moral manifesto and a prescription for concrete policy changes, The Road to Freedom will help Americans in all walks of life translate the philosophy of free enterprise into action, to restore both our nation’s greatness and our own well-being in the process.
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I think that Brooks’ Road to Freedom is especially helpful though philosophical arguments are a hard sell too because they sound so ideological.Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
But I’d be surprised if someone with more progressive politics could get past the first 10 pages... If that’s the case, Mr. Brooks may well be preaching to the choir.Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom | See more reviews from Washington Times
He also wanted to write a book that can defend the morality of capitalism... Yet its not clear those essays really fit with a book that quickly transitions into a general endorsement of the Paul Ryan plan for America.Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
In his new book, Brooks argues that it is part of the American character to value work. “Americans work 50 percent more than the Italians, the French, and even the Germans.”Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
Brooks’ ideas are influencing Republicans, and his book will help many more better make the case for free enterprise.Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
Read The Road to Freedom for its explication of earned success, its definition of meritocratic fairness, and its moral commitment to using free exchange to improve the lives of the destitute.Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
If we're so smart, why aren't we winning? I'm still waiting for a good answer, though some clues at least are contained in Arthur C. Brooks' The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise.Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
...eerily like having a conversation with myself. He never calls himself a libertarian, and certainly never mentions Ayn Rand or Thomas Reid...and if you know my autobiography, that's my position in a nutshell. I'm tempted to say that Arthur Brooks is my imaginary Conservative Missionary, but he's actually better.Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
The Road to Freedom should be required reading for high school and college students, and belongs on the top of everyone’s ‘must read’ list.Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
...in The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise, a timely and important new book, Dr. Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, says defenders of a free economy can — and should — win the fight for free enterprise on the basis of "fairness,"...Read Full Review of The Road To Freedom
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