Publishers Introduction to The Great Withdrawal
In America it appears as though Freedom and Liberty are both having a near-death experience today.
One by one, authors Craig Smith and Lowell Ponte, peel away the layers of the 100-year old attempt by Progressives to hijack the heart, mind, soul (and wallet) of every American citizen.
The Great Withdrawal explains why America's future is clearly reflected in Detroit's bankruptcy - unless we are able to stop government spending, taxing and wasting of resources upon a bankrupt ideology, which produces anti-growth economic policies.
As a result, freedom-loving Americans have begun a historic withdrawal march - withdrawing their resources, time and talent in search of a restoration of self, family and local government.
Shrinking today's Progressive federal government will clear the way for fundamental, Constitutionally-correct government and sound money to again thrive to preserve citizen's wealth for future generations.
The Great Withdrawal: How the Progressives' 100-Year Debasement of America and the Dollar Ends
Detroit was to be a workers' paradise, a symbol of Progressive success. Instead, it has become a symbol of Big Government failure, corruption, violence and decay. In 2013, after a great withdrawal of more than a million productive residents, once-great 'Debtroit' became the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy.
The Great Withdrawal explores why Detroit failed, why other liberal cities may soon follow, and how this could drag America into insolvency and prolonged Depression.
It explores the bizarre Nanny Statist Progressive movement that took power in America in 1913 and has driven America on a “100-Year Detour” away from the ideals of our nation's Founders and towards the stagnation of Euro-socialist welfare states.
Smith and Ponte, in this their fourth book, look at how Progressivism has used addiction to welfare and easy money, as well as psychological manipulation politics from “crisis-ocracy” and “the herd inside our heads” to the sinister brain science techniques known as “nudge” to win elections, manufacture consent, impose invisible taxes, and control us.
Progressives now feel their power slipping away as Americans are withdrawing from a century of hypnotic control. This, argue Smith and Ponte, is why a desperate Left is turning to naked force – “financial repression,” rule by decree, “regulution,” crony capitalism, seizures and wealth redistribution, and politicized government agencies including the IRS and NSA to keep their hold on government power.
These power grabs will fail, predict monetary expert Smith and former think tank futurist Ponte, because Progressives are obsessed with obsolete centralization and expansion of government power. Progressives are doomed, even if they cling to power, to rule a nation that their policies have put into an economic death spiral towards a new Dark Age.
The path back to the Framers' prosperous Constitutional Republic, Smith and Ponte write, will decentralize and return Power to the People via the Internet, 3-D printing, decentralized energy, honest money, small government and individual self-reliance. They offer a road map back to the ideals Americans held before the very alien European ideology of collectivist Progressivism steered our nation off course exactly 100 years ago.
INTRODUCTION BY CRAIG R. SMITH
Two dreams could be dying in the bankrupt city of Detroit, Michigan, and in the rest of America and the Western world.
One is an American dream of freedom that this Motor City in its heyday put on wheels and decked out in chrome, a dream that inspired the world. The other is the collectivist dream variously known as liberalism, social- ism or Progressivism. more...