Liberty for All
A Manifesto for Reclaiming Financial and Political Freedom
“A brilliant and profound look at freedom.” ―Richard D'Aveni, Bakala Professor of Strategy, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, author of Strategic Capitalism
“Newman takes readers on a provocative quest to reconnect with the American spirit of self-reliance.” ―Brigid Schulte, Washington Post staff writer and author of the New York Times bestseller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One has the Time
"A common-sensical look at ways to refocus, overcome our dependence on things and build greater resilience in to our lives." ― Kirkus
"In this brisk and compelling account, he helps people help themselves with practical ideas and an appeal to the reservoir of character that lies within us all.” ―Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
“In an economy strangled by entitlements to the poor, the middle class, and the wealthy, to corporations as well as individuals, Newman asks the tough questions….and offers solid advice about how to gain true freedom through more self-reliance.” ―Booklist
Many people complain about fading prosperity and lost opportunity, without realizing they are, in fact, forfeiting their own economic freedom.
In today’s Darwinian economy, more and more Americans are losing faith in a seemingly broken system dominated by manipulative politicians and crony capitalists. While talk of personal freedom seems to be on everyone’s lips, many of us are discovering we have no idea how to gain true independence and keep it. The result: a nation of people who are infuriated, but passive; who know something’s wrong, but aren’t sure how to navigate the daunting obstacle course between themselves and a better life. Liberty for All pushes past the usual go-nowhere policy prescriptions to reveal what ordinary people can do to build their own self-reliance and enhance their odds of financial success.
In a sharp, funny, and entertaining narrative, Rick Newman embarks on a personal quest to improve his own self-reliance by camping with “doomsday preppers,” deconstructing the “rugged individualist” that politicians so often invoke and identifying the trap doors much of the American middle class has fallen into. Newman explores what it means to prepare, survive and actually flourish amid the upheaval that’s a constant in the modern economy. By detailing the ways we needlessly shackle ourselves, Newman presents a way to strive for the truest success of all: genuine independence. Liberty for All is a guide to enriching your prospects—and your life—by harnessing every freedom available.