Freedom Manifesto

Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't

By Steve Forbes; Elizabeth Ames
Crown Business, Hardcover, 9780307951571, 292pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

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From Steve Forbes, the iconic editor in chief of Forbes Media, and Elizabeth Ames coauthors of How Capitalism Will Save Us—comes a new way  of thinking about the role of government  and the morality of free markets.

Americans today are at a turning point. Are we a coun­try founded on the values of freedom and limited gov­ernment, as envisioned by the founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? Or do we want to become a European-style socialist democ­racy? What best serves the public good—freedom or Big Government?
 
In Freedom Manifesto, Forbes and Ames offer a new twist on this historic debate. Today’s bloated and bureau­cratic government, they argue, is anything but a force for compassion. Instead of assuring fairness, it promotes favoritism. Instead of furthering opportunity, it stifles economic growth. Instead of unleashing innovation and material abundance, its regulations and price controls create rigidity and scarcity. Not only are Big Govern­ment’s inefficient and ever-expanding bureaucracies ill-equipped to deliver on their promises—they are often guilty of the very greed, excess, and corruption routinely ascribed to the private sector.
 
The only way to a truly fair and moral society, the authors say, is through economic freedom—free people and free markets. Throughout history, open markets have helped the poor and everyone else by unleashing unprecedented creativity, generating wealth, and raising living standards. Promoting trust, generosity, and de­mocracy, economic freedom has been a more powerful force for individual rights, self-determination—and hu­manity—than any government bureaucracy.
 
Freedom Manifesto captures the spirit of a new movement that is questioning old ideas about the mo­rality of government and markets for the first time since the Great Depression. Going beyond the familiar explanations and sound bites, the authors provide a fully developed framework of “first principles” for a true understanding of the real moral and ethical distinctions between more and less government. This timely and provocative book shows why free markets and liberty are the only way to a better future and a fair and humane society.




About the Author
Steve Forbes is coauthor of the "New York Times" bestseller "Power Ambition Glory" and the "Wall Street Journal" bestseller "How Capitalism Will Save Us". Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, which publishes "Forbes" magazine, with a circulation of nearly one million readers. Combined with "Forbes Asia", "Forbes Europe", and the company's licensee editions, the magazine reaches close to 6 million global readers. Forbes.com reaches 65 million unique monthly visitors; Forbes websites include Forbes.com, RealClearPolitics.com, RealClearMarkets.com, RealClearSports.com, and RealClearWorld.com.

Elizabeth Ames is a communications executive, speaker and author. She has written two previous books with Steve Forbes, "How Capitalism Will Save Us" and "Freedom Manifesto".



Steve Forbes is coauthor of the "New York Times" bestseller "Power Ambition Glory" and the "Wall Street Journal" bestseller "How Capitalism Will Save Us". Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, which publishes "Forbes" magazine, with a circulation of nearly one million readers. Combined with "Forbes Asia", "Forbes Europe", and the company's licensee editions, the magazine reaches close to 6 million global readers. Forbes.com reaches 65 million unique monthly visitors; Forbes websites include Forbes.com, RealClearPolitics.com, RealClearMarkets.com, RealClearSports.com, and RealClearWorld.com.

Elizabeth Ames is a communications executive, speaker and author. She has written two previous books with Steve Forbes, "How Capitalism Will Save Us" and "Freedom Manifesto".

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