ON-Lion Letter

If there has been a unifying theme of Barack Obama's presidency, it is the inexorable growth of the administrative state.  Its expansion has followed a pattern:  First, expand federal powers beyond their constitutional limits.  Second, delegate those powers to agencies and away from elected politicians in Congress.  Third, insulate civil servants from politics and accountability.  Since its introduction in American life by Woodrow Wilson in the 20th Century, the administrative state has steadily undermined democratic self-government, reduced the sphere of individual liberty, and burdened the free market and economic growth.

In Liberty's Nemesis:  The Unchecked Expansion of the State, new from Encounter Books, Dean Reuter and John Yoo collect the brightest political minds in the country to expose this explosive, unchecked growth of power in government agencies ranging from health care to climate change, financial markets to immigration, and more.  Many Americans have rightly shared the Founders' fear of excessive lawmaking, but Liberty’s Nemesis is the first book to explain why the concentration of power in administrative agencies in particular is the greatest -- and most overlooked -- threat to our liberties today.

Reuter is a vice president of The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies.  You is the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California and a visiting scholar of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

If we fail to curb the administrative state, they and the book's contributors believe, our constitutional republic might easily devolve into something akin to the statist governments of Europe.  President Obama's ongoing efforts to encourage just such a devolution, and the problems his administration faces as a consequence, present a critical opportunity to defend the original vision of the Constitution.

Liberty's Nemesis includes contributions from Bradley Prize recipients Robert P. George and Richard A. Epstein, among others.  It also includes a chapter by Cleta Mitchell, who is a member of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation's Board of Directors, as is George.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by the Bradley Foundation, as are The Federalist Society and AEI.

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