Freedom at Risk : Reflections on Politics, Liberty, and the State

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-14
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James L. Buckley may be the only American alive who has held high office in each branch of the federal government as senator of New York, undersecretary of state under Ronald Reagan, and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. His unique understanding of how Washington works equips him to address the intrusive and exponential growth of the federal government in the past forty years. In Freedom at Risk, Buckley's collected essays, musings, and speeches tell the real story of why government is incapable of managing an economy, and why the transformation of the federal government into a centrally administered welfare state is undermining the critical safeguards that the Founders wrote into the Constitution. Here, in a sober book of perceptive analysis spanning a lifetime in Washington, lies an outline of the steps that must be taken to save constitutional government, if that is still possible.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Overviewp. 5
On Liberty and the Statep. 6
In Sum: A Political Credop. 22
Governancep. 25
On Becoming a United States Senatorp. 26
Overloading the Federal Horsep. 41
The Federal Bureaucracy: Servant or Master?p. 51
The New York City Fiscal Crisisp. 62
Family, Community, and Responsible Citizenshipp. 73
The Role of a Judgep. 81
The Constitution and the Courts: A Question of Legitimacyp. 82
On Balancing Courtsp. 95
Religion and Public Servicep. 99
The Place of Religion in American Public Lifep. 100
A Catholic Judge in Caesar's Servicep. 109
The Environmentp. 117
Three Cheers for the Snail Darterp. 118
Economics and the Environment: The Problems of Coexistencep. 123
Energy and Its Regulationp. 135
The Economics and Politics of Energyp. 136
Ol' Debbil Oilp. 148
Your Energy Regulators at Workp. 157
Beyond the Water's Edgep. 163
Vietnam and Its Aftermathp. 164
The Mexico City Population Conferencep. 171
Reformsp. 179
On Limiting Campaign Contributionsp. 180
An Alternative Reform: Term Limitationsp. 188
Reforming the Senatep. 192
Cultural Driftp. 195
Vietnam and the Cultural Revolutionp. 196
Abortion and the New Ethicp. 201
Government-Sponsored Gamblingp. 205
Women's Rightsp. 209
The Case against the Equal Rights Amendmentp. 210
An ERA Progress Reportp. 218
Introducing the Human Life Amendmentp. 221
A Selection of Radio Commentariesp. 237
Public and Private Moralityp. 238
In Defense of the Electoral Collegep. 241
Security vs. Freedomp. 244
Competition and the Postal Servicep. 247
Free Trade vs. Protectionismp. 250
Tuition Tax Creditsp. 253
Barriers to Entryp. 256
Conservatives vs. Corporate Americap. 259
Of Historical Interestp. 263
Freezing the Chances for Peacep. 264
Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: Defending the Right to Knowp. 274
A Midterm Assessment of the Carter Presidencyp. 286
Indexp. 295
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