Dependent on D.C.
The Rise of Federal Control over the Lives of Ordinary Americans
By Charlotte A. Twight
(Palgrave Macmillan, Hardcover, 9780312294151, 384pp.)
Publication Date: January 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Dependent on D.C. is a compelling new book that raises serious questions about the future of liberty in America. Charlotte A. Twight proves beyond doubt that the growth of dependence on government in the past seventy years has not been accidental, that its creation has been bipartisan, and that it is accelerating. She reveals a universal tactic used by federal officials to expand government authority over the lives of all Americans and exposes the many forms this tactic has taken. Twight shows how growing federal power--driven by legislation, validated by Supreme Court decisions, and accelerated by presidential ambition--has eroded the rule of law in our nation, leaving almost no activity that the central government cannot at its discretion regulate, manipulate, or prohibit. A constitutional counterrevolution has occurred in America--one so profound that few today can imagine Americans free of dependence on government. Dependent on D.C. shows why Americans have not resisted this expansion of federal power and reveals the daunting magnitude of the changes needed to reverse our nation's spiral into dependency. In these uncertain times, Dependent on D.C. is the book Americans need to read when thinking about the future of their individual liberty in a country long committed to the ideal of personal freedom.
Charlotte Twight is Professor of Economics at Boise State University and also holds a degree in law. She is the author of America's Emerging Fascist Economy and lives in Boise, Idaho.
“This book is a wake-up call to those libertarians, conservatives, and classical liberals, who, almost literally, went to sleep when the Cold War ended, and socialist ideology collapsed.” ---James M. Buchanan, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 1986
“After years of combing through congressional debates, federal legislation, and Supreme Court arguments, Charlotte Twight has developed an original and striking indictment of how the federal government has made more and more Americans dependent on it...” --David Boaz, author of Libertarianism: A Primer
“...she offers a spirited argument that will engage readers who follow Washington politics.” --Publishers Weekly
“Twight shows how Americans became a nation of sheep.” --Walter Williams, Orange County Register