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THE PIONEER VS. THE WELFARE STATE: Essays on Liberty in Peril (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Gen LaGreca

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The pioneers were the men and women of the 18th and 19th century who settled the American frontier in search of a better life. Independent, resourceful, and determined, they rose to the challenge of a free people in a new nation founded on liberty: They ran their own lives and controlled their own destiny.

They and the generations that followed them turned America into the most prosperous nation the world had ever seen. Their dream-big, work-hard, can-do “pioneer spirit” became the proud symbol of America. Their boundless personal initiative to improve their lives—unencumbered by a controlling state—became the coveted American Dream.

Fast-forward to today, and we see a different country. We see an ever-growing government with a myriad of welfare-state programs that claim to take care of us. We see Americans conditioned to look to the government to provide for their needs. We see decades of paternalism changing the character of the people—from “can-do” to “we’re owed,” from “I built it myself” to “You didn’t build that,” from “Let’s get rich” to “Let’s tax the rich.” We see a growing passivity, insecurity, and dependency—so antithetical to the pioneer spirit.

The pioneer and the welfare state represent two opposite views of life and government. The conflict between them is the most important battle of our age. It is the struggle of the individualists, who cherish liberty and want to run their own lives their own way, and the statists, who want big government programs to look after them and provide for their welfare. Which side enhances human life and which imperils it?

The goal of this book is to answer this question through engaging essays containing profound ideas—and thereby influence the outcome of this historic struggle for the soul of America.

Author Gen LaGreca is a longtime advocate of individual rights and capitalism. She writes social and political commentaries, which have appeared in Forbes, The Orange County Register, The Daily Caller, Real Clear Markets, Mises Daily, and other publications. She has also written two award-winning, liberty-themed novels: NOBLE VISION and A DREAM OF DARING.

Gen’s fiction-writing talents combined with her philosophical training (a graduate degree in philosophy from Columbia University) result in articles that are both entertaining and incisive. Gen brings colorful composition, ideological depth, and an outside-the-box approach to her essays. Their easy-to-read style makes them suitable for introducing new readers to the urgent issues of the day. Their sweeping themes of the dignity and glory of the individual and the importance of limited government attract and inspire thoughtful readers who are deeply concerned with the future of freedom in America.

The essays contained in this book are selected from Gen’s best commentaries. One of the pieces, “The Self-Help Guide to Living in a Free Society,” was featured on The Glenn Beck Show on national television.

The Pioneer vs. the Welfare State
My Dog Loves Socialist Policies
The Self-Help Guide to Living in a Free Society
Thomas Jefferson and Individual Rights
James Madison was Right About Property Rights
150 Years After the Emancipation Proclamation: Are We Free?
Why I Love America
The NEW Declaration of Independence


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 42 Seiten
  • Verlag: Winged Victory Press (25. Januar 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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NEWS: GEN'S NEW NOVEL A DREAM OF DARING IS COMING OUT IN EARLY 2013. It will be available as a Kindle book and a paperback.

Author Genevieve "Gen" LaGreca holds a BS cum laude in chemistry from Polytechnic Institute of New York and an MA in philosophy from Columbia University.

Her first novel, Noble Vision, won two national literary awards: a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year and a Writer's Digest International Book Award. The novel garnered praise from former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, syndicated columnist Walter Williams, and other influential thinkers. Gen has written the screenplay for Noble Vision and is currently at work on her next novels.

When asked what moved her to write Noble Vision, Gen replies, "After years of working in the healthcare industry, I feel as if I'm witnessing the slow death of something great, something that shouldn't be allowed to die---America's gold standard of medicine." Why did she choose to write fiction? "Ever since I read Gone With the Wind at age 13, I've been enthralled by sweeping novels that capture a historic moment in an unforgettable way. I wanted to tell the story of what's happening in medicine today---how it, too, could be gone with the wind---through the spellbinding magic of fiction."

Gen also writes commentaries, which have appeared in the The Orange County Register, The Daily Caller, Mises Daily, Real Clear Markets, Gainesville Sun, and other publications. She has been a lively radio guest, discussing her dramatic novel on popular shows.

Gen appeared on The Glenn Beck Show on national TV to discuss her "Self-Help Guide to Living in a Free Society," published in The New Individualist magazine. She also appeared various times on the Barry Farber Show to discuss her writings and the powerful role of fiction in portraying inspiring stories and thought-provoking themes. Gen has also been an invited participant at several Liberty Fund colloquia.

Prior to fiction writing, Gen worked as a pharmaceutical chemist, business consultant, and corporate writer. As the ghost-writer for a healthcare CEO, she has written dozens of magazine and newsletter articles that offer timely commentaries on business issues facing medical professionals.

You can read all of Gen's articles at the American Chronicle:

To learn more about Gen and her award-winning novel, Noble Vision,

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Look for Gen's new novel, coming in early 2013: A DREAM OF DARING.


ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist
Writer's Digest International Book Award Honorable Mention
Midwest Book Award Finalist
Illinois Women's Press Association Fiction Contest Second Place


The defects of government-controlled medicine are dramatized effectively in this page-turning story of the love of a brilliant physician for a beautiful ballerina who becomes his patient.
---MILTON FRIEDMAN, Nobel laureate economist

Salutary tale of what can happen to medical breakthroughs if Big Government claws even deeper into our healthcare system!
---STEVE FORBES, President and CEO, Forbes magazine

. . . an intriguing novel about how unintended consequences of good intentions can have a devastating impact on the healing professions. Unfortunately for us, Noble Vision, while a novel, comes too close to describing today's reality in medical practice. As such, it should serve as a wake-up call to free medical practice from the heavy hand of government.
---WALTER E. WILLIAMS, syndicated columnist

. . . Noble Vision is a chilling suspense story, with an intricate plot that thickens as the author explores deeper and deeper into the lives and minds of the characters. A well-researched . . . sensitively written . . . inherently captivating novel of suspense, Noble Vision is very highly recommended reading.

Gen LaGreca's novel does more to debunk the theory of nationalized healthcare than 90-percent of the non-fiction rebuttals on the market. It illustrates through a well-crafted plot the evils of bureaucratically managed healthcare while entertaining the reader at the same time. . . . The mounting conflicts of this lovingly sculpted first novel will keep you turning pages well into the night.

A gripping story superimposed on today's threats to quality medical care. It's a great novel standing on its own, even without any medicine in it. However, this remarkable book also demonstrates the dire results of medical decisions made by non-medical bureaucrats and power-hungry politicians. Admittedly a novel, it is filled with truths of today.
---EDWARD ANNIS, MD, Past President, American Medical Association

The novel deals with some of the most serious issues of the day, lending the story an immediacy and vibrancy. The author's prose is polished and professional.
---WRITER'S DIGEST magazine

It was a wonderful surprise and a great joy to discover Noble Vision. It is an absolute page-turner of a novel with a strong pro-market message.
---JOHN BLUNDELL, author of Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady

. . . a novel about liberty . . . If you like Ayn Rand's novels, you'll like this one.
---EZRA LEVANT, publisher, The Western Standard

. . . [Noble Vision] captivated me from beginning to end. Its grim vision of the near future---or is it the present?---of medicine is all too accurate. Can a few men and women of principle turn it around? One must have hope.
---JANE ORIENT, MD, Executive Director, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

The novel both communicates and concretizes important philosophical insights and also deals with a very important practical problem, i.e. the future of medical care in the United States. It is truly a pleasure to read a first class novel which incorporates Ayn Rand's philosophy.
---JOHN ALLISON, Executive Director, Cato Institute

A beautifully crafted and completely engaging novel. I read it in one sitting. It made me want to stand up and cheer!

Noble Vision takes on a controversial issue---health care and what is wrong with it. It's an inspiring, eye-opening book that the general public will enjoy and a must-read for healthcare professionals.

A remarkable first novel . . .
---GALEN INSTITUTE, Health Policy Matters

Noble Vision is a fine read. I got so drawn into the characters and plot. It reminded me of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
---JUDITH KLEINFELD, PhD, University of Alaska psychology professor and author of Go for It!

Noble Vision is a wonderful literary achievement. An extraordinary hero, a tender love story, a fascinating medical discovery, and an intense family conflict are dramatically interwoven in a plot that surprises and delights.
---EDITH PACKER, JD, PhD, psychologist

Noble Vision is a suspenseful tale of one surgeon's heroic struggle to save his work and the woman he loves. It inspires us to search inside ourselves for what we know to be true---and to seek the courage to live by it. Intertwined with her gripping plot, the author presents a convincing repudiation of the presumed benevolence of socialized medicine. Truly a story for every patient and every physician!
---BETH HAYNES, MD, Executive Director, Benjamin Rush Society

A fiction reader's delight! Noble Vision has villains you will despise and heroes you'd love to meet. Add intrigue, betrayal, romance---you'll be captured till the end and long for Gen LaGreca's next novel!


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A New Declaration of Independence 31. März 2014
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This is a wonderful book. It evoked despair when the author described the conditions of our welfare state. At the same time, and especially as the result of the next-to-last essay "Why I Love America," it evoked great admiration for our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and resulted in my having hope for the America I also love. Hopefully, the author's projected "New Declaration of Independence" will someday become a reality. This book should be required reading in all the high schools and colleges of this country.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Strangling the Pioneering Spirit 31. März 2014
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The essays in this book are gems of excellent, powerful writing in a great cause. Again and again, when the book describes the original, pioneering spirit of America, it brings the reader to a mountaintop of admiration for freedom, for the unimpeded action freedom makes possible, and for the genius of our Founding Fathers in establishing a country dedicated to freedom. And again and again, when it describes the very different spirit that prevails today--the spirit of the welfare state--it plunges the reader into the depths of despair. Here, the reader is made to confront such things as the entitlement mentality run amok and the results of the 700,000 pages of stifling arbitrary rules and regulations that have been promulgated and accumulated in The Federal Register since 1936.
One cannot read this book without a sense of tragic loss over what has gone so terribly wrong in our country. The author concludes with a call for a "NEW Declaration of Independence." One can only hope that someday it will happen. But for now and the foreseeable future, it would have the greatest difficulty in finding signers, let alone a sufficient number of soldiers willing to fight for a renewal of the ideals on which our country was founded. But enough people reading this book would certainly help to improve the odds.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Colorful, thought-provoking essays on liberty 10. Februar 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed these delightfully lively and well-written essays on the stark contrast between the culture of the pioneers and that of today's welfare state. Gen LaGreca makes the consequences of each starkly clear with her novelist's deft hand.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen America's Founders have been Betrayed 6. April 2014
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This excellent book contains eight short essays on how America has wandered far from her founding principles. If the inspired individuals who crafted our original form of government could see us today, they would be appalled and justly feel betrayed.

I particularly enjoyed the essay titled “My Dog Loves Socialist Policies,” which made me wonder about which end of the leash I am holding in my hand or have fastened around my neck.

I thoroughly agree with the sentiments expressed in “Why I Love America” and I would be pleased to sign “The NEW Declaration of Independence.”

Gen LaGreca is clearly one of those rare authors who deeply understands how the world really works, and has the ability to explain it to her readers. Buy this book and give copies to your friends and family.

Later, John Waterman
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Impassioned Collection Of Essays 4. April 2014
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American Founding Father, Thomas Paine, is smiling from his grave at Gen LaGreca, in salute to a kindred passionate spirit.
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