Leviathan

Leviathan

The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Liberty

Author: Clint Bolick
ISBN: 978-0-8179-4552-7
Publication Date: 7/15/2004
Pages: 208

Those who declare the era of big government over, says Clint Bolick, are dead wrong. In Leviathan, Bolick shows that, although the national government has downsized somewhat since the Reagan era, local government has grown exponentially. This ever-expanding beast, he explains, saps our nation's productive vitality and threatens us with "grassroots tyranny." Drawing from his experience as an attorney with the Institute for Justice, Bolick uses illuminating cases from the litigation trenches to show how powerful local government has infringed on freedom of speech, freedom of commerce and enterprise, private property rights, and even the simple right to be left alone. He explains how locally controlled government school systems reflect the values of powerful interest groups and why—despite spending millions of taxpayers' dollars—they are unable to provide the basics of education. Bolick ultimately reveals that, although the rules are often rigged in favor of local governments and against ordinary citizens, we can take action to rein in these out-of-control bureaucracies.

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Clint Bolick

Clint Bolick is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and also serves as the director of the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation in Phoenix.




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TABLE OF CONTENTS


 

Acknowledgments

ix

 

Introduction

xi

PART ONE: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

1.

Leviathan

3

2.

Federalism: The Grand Design

25

3.

The Curious Evolution of Federalism

43

PART TWO: THE EROSION OF LIBERTY

4.

Freedom of Commerce and Enterprise

69

5.

Private-Property Rights

83

6.

Freedom of Speech

101

7.

The Right to Be Left Alone

113

8.

Racial Discrimination

125

9.

The Government School System

141

PART THREE: TAMING THE BEAST

10.

Fighting Big Government at the Local Level

157

 

Notes

175

 

About the Author

195

 

Index

197



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