By the People

  • by Charles Murray
  • Narrated by John H. Mayer
  • 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- George

Practical ways to destroy government overreach

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

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- Ethan D. Gilkey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio