The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise

The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise

by Arthur C. Brooks

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465029419
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 878,203
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author


 Arthur C. Brooks is President of the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. He is the author of nine books, including The Battle, Gross National Happiness, and Who Really Cares. Until 2009, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. Previously, Brooks spent twelve years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. He is a native of Seattle and currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife Ester and their three children.

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"It is true, but insufficient, to argue that free enterprise makes us better off. Arthur Brooks makes the indispensable point that it also makes us better. Having stumbled far down the road to serfdom, we are much in need of Brooks' trenchant case for a change of course." —-P. J. O'Rourke

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The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Brandon More than 1 year ago
There has been no other book in my experience that best explains the moral case for capitalism and how it has enriched and made better the lives of everyone the world over who has adopted it. Arthur Brook clearly and succinctly displays this with good logic, humor, examples and compelling reading. This book is a must-read for conservatives and libertarians alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Prepare their equipment.*
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