No single person could write a definitive account of America's founding period, much less apply its lessons to the present political situation in a coherent way. However, when seven top scholars are interviewed on their respective specialties in the legal, political and economic history of the United States, the result is a simple and zesty recipe for renewed American democracy. The Bob Zadek Show is California's longest running libertarian talk show, and has featured discussions with hundreds of thinkers on the ideas underpinning a free society. Secret Sauce: The Founders' Original Recipe for Limited American Democracy features edited, condensed transcripts of the best of the best of Bob's interviews. Read about the squabbles and compromises that almost tanked the early Republic, and learn how we can restore the original safeguards against all-powerful Federal Government.
Everyone feels that the great American experiment in democracy has turned sour, but no one can pinpoint the source of our ills. Trump supporters with "Make America Great Again" hats demonize the free trade and liberal immigration policies that have been at the bedrock of America's greatness for more than two centuries, while "the Resistance" marches for expansions of federal power that would make the Founders' heads spin.
If the cognitive dissonance hasn't gotten to you yet, try spending more time reading the comments on your friends' political Facebook posts. We are a nation divided, in search of a shared story that unites our country's complex, imperfect origins with our continued aspirations for "a more perfect union." In the popular mythology, one sacrosanct idea stands hallowed above all others – democracy. What gets lost in this framing are the Founders' deep divisions and wariness of pure democracy. Hence their decision to form a constitutional republic, with multiple checks and balances on all kinds of tyranny. Secret Sauce shows how democracy can prevent the accumulation of power in the hands of few, or enable it.
• Donald J. Boudreaux of Cafe Hayek
• Thomas Fleming, author of over 50 fiction and non-fiction history titles
• William Maurer & Clark Neily III of the Institute for Justice
• Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute
• Ilya Somin & Todd Zywicki of George Mason University's economics department and law school