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Reassessing the Facebook

October 6, 2009 by

The original terms of the facebook contest stated that weekly Top Contributors and Top Discussion topics would be chosen. Every month, one top contributor was to be selected to receive a free book for their efforts. It has been such an overwhelming success, we are changing the rules.

Judge John Denson skillfully edited what is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated books published by the Mises Institute. The book, Reassessing the Presidency (store | PDF), suffers from but one fatal flaw…the title. Unfortunately, most people read the title and conclude that the book would be an adequate substitute for Ambien.

This could not be further from the truth! The book’s nearly 800 pages are broken down into small chapters written by 21 of the greatest Austrians alive today. Sure 800 pages makes it seem like a Sisyphean task but it truly isn’t. The book is cleverly put together in a way that lends itself to be read by even the busiest person who doesn’t have time to read a book from start to finish at once. It can easily be read in bits and pieces or used as an excellent reference.

So applying Tucker’s Law: “If you want to sell something, give it away for free” we have decided that every week, two Top Contributors will be selected to receive a free copy of Denson’s Reassessing the Presidency. The hope is that this great work will gain more widespread appreciation.

Now for the weekly Top Contributors: Raul Amavisca and Wes Clark! They both added valuable, intelligent comments to the discourse in various Discussion topics.


Peter October 6, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Forgive my pedantry Briggs but I believe ‘Herculean’ was the word you were looking for with ‘Sisyphean’. Sisyphus’s task was to roll a boulder up a hill, on which, it rolled back down and he had to start all over again. But you are not suggesting that a person, faced with the prospect of reading 800 pages of Austrian economics, would fear that on finishing, he would retain no benefit and would have to read it all over again. You are suggesting that the task is so big it seems daunting. Therefore Heracles is your man.

Henry Davis October 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I guess most people here would naturally assume, well.. “Reassessing the Presidency?”
- Yeah, let’s abolish it. What more do I need to know?

I guess this would be a great book for minarchists?

Pierre October 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Henry, if you have ever read mainstream historians’ accounts of past Presidents, you would understand that they worship Presidents’ overstepping the boundaries of the Constitution. For example, Calvin Coolidge violated the Constitution very little if at all, to the historian this means that he as inactive and weak. On the other hand, trust-busting, rough-riding Teddy Roosevelt is a Saint.
I think it’s fantastic that there is a book which revises all of that history to show that each President, from Washington to Obama, set precedents which legitimized the extension of executive powers, creating what is generally called the unitary executive or the imperial presidency.

Sean A October 7, 2009 at 1:16 am

Henry, as an anarcho-capitalist, one of my favorite tasks is going through historical omissions from the public curriculum. Supposed neutral sources proliferate their indoctrination. Wikipedia Abraham Lincoln and you’ll see piles of text covering his struggles and eventual triumphs for the good of humanity. Go about half way down and their is three lines of text–”oh by the way” he removed civil liberties, suspendeding habeous corpus and arresting 18,000 suspected confederate sympathizers without trial. So I can agree with the nationalists/patriots on at least one thing: Abraham Lincoln is a great representation of the American way.
Sure Anarchy can be justified purely through economics, but it helps to go back and gather empirical evidence to observe the true impact of government in history and see how brainwashed the public is in their perceptions.

Henry Davis October 7, 2009 at 2:31 am

Sean, yeah that’s the value of the book I’d imagine. Will have to check it out.

Vanmind October 8, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Don’t ever visit facebook for any reason.


Wes October 8, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Thanks Briggs and LvMI! Looking forward to reading the book–it sounds amazing.

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