Mary Ruwart’s “Healing Our World”

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One concept of a “policy concept” series of books is like mine, to have a series, where successive books add new subject areas.

However, Mary Ruwart has taken a more vertical approach, with “Healing our World”, which has three editions, in 1993, 2003, and 2015.  The new editions add new coverage on the same 22-chapter, 5-part structures.  The first two editions have the subtitle “In the Age of Aggression”, but the most recent version had the subtitle “The Compassion of Libertarianism: How to Enrich the Poor, Protect the Environment, Deter Crime and Defuse Terrorism”. Edition Two has a Foreword by Frances Kendalll and Leon Louw.  The third edition has a foreword by Ron Paul.

I had reviewed the first two editions on my legacy site, here.  The author’s site is here and her publishing company is SunStar Press, in Kalamazoo, MI.

The books (especially the first two) have a much more tutorial style than do mine.  There are many illustrative notes in the columns.   The earlier books were distributed partially by an education company called Pinnacle.

The books also confine themselves to economic and (especially in the latest edition) international non-intervention issues, rather than the “moral” social issues.

However, the terms “non aggression” (a lynchpin of libertarianism) and “compassion” to address the tendency of governments to use force to force individuals to bow to group norms, at some risk to themselves (as in the self-defense issue), or to practice crony capitalism, encouraging established and politically connected businesses to overrun individuals and entrepreneurs.  The Internet has indeed allowed small businesses envisioned by individuals to break out and become powerful (look at Facebook).  Ruwart especially gives many examples of where over-regulation and over-licensing interferes particularly with minority small businesses.

The recent debacle with water supply in Flint, MI (and other communities) illustrates her ideas well.  So do past Jim Crow laws.

(Published: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at 12:30 AM into Sat AM EST)

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