Summary of The Battle

How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future

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A metaphorical call to arms in defense of free enterprise


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Nothing less than the future of America is at stake, says conservative public policy expert Arthur C. Brooks in his dissection of the nation’s political and economic scene. Relying on surveys, polls and statistics (some almost up-to-the-minute, some quite dated), he posits a split in the U.S. between a 70% majority that supports free enterprise, limited government and less taxes, and a 30% minority made up of the “intellectual upper class” and its followers who cheer “social democracy,” big government and soaking the rich. Brooks, head of the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the U.S.’s historical love of free enterprise. Along with the expected critiques of the liberal media and academia, he makes an accessible case that free enterprise’s supporters should focus less on money and materialism as the reasons for their advocacy, and more on the morality and values of personal achievement and success in an opportunity-driven economy. getAbstract suggests his book – an extended editorial statement – to all sides of the political spectrum whether it confirms your opinions or acts a basis for worthwhile debate.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the split between the 70% of America’s population that supports free enterprise and the 30% that disagrees could affect the nation’s future direction
  • Why free enterprise means greater success and happiness for Americans
  • Why the 70% majority needs to reframe its position in moral terms


“Culture War”
In the aftermath of the 2008-2009 economic crisis, the U.S. is at a crossroads. It must choose between “two competing visions of America’s future.” One is based on the free enterprise system, which relies on entrepreneurial spirit, ensures individual freedom and keeps government...
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About the Author

Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, has written eight books, including Gross National Happiness and Who Really Cares.

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