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 narrative 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. Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as too much democracy... Find out what this means for America in 2017 and beyond.
• 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
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About the Author
Bob Zadek is the host of The Bob Zadek Show, a Libertarian talk show broadcast live on 860 AM, KTRB – The Answer – every Sunday at 8am. Bob talks about the issues that affect our lives on a daily basis from a purely Libertarian standpoint. He believes in small government, less taxes and greater personal freedom. Bob was inspired to become politically active after watching an interview with Joseph Ellis, an historian who had just written “Passionate Sage: An Account of John Adams’ Retirement Years.” Adams achieved so much during his career, serving two terms as a Vice President, one term as President and playing a leading role in the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Bob idealizes Adams for the work he continued to do for the revolution until his retirement. While watching the Ellis interview, Bob discovered his love for American ideals. He feels passion for the freedoms created in the Constitution and The Bill of Rights; what he refers to as “The Original America.” He believes that our system of government must recognize the successes of the past in order to live up to the dreams and ideals of the founding fathers. To borrow a phrase from law professor and Constitutional scholar Randy Barnett, Bob supports “Restoring the Lost Constitution.” It was not just Revolutionary history that influenced Bob’s personal philosophy. Ayn Rand’s epic novel “Atlas Shrugged” describes a frightening scenario in which all business has been nationalized, and its capitalistic saviors are oppressed. That is a bit too close to home in 21st century America for Bob’s comfort. Bob believes that America has lost its way. The country’s first principles are economic and social freedom, republicanism, the rule of law, and liberty. Our founders were correct about their approach to government as were John Locke, Adam Smith and the other great political philosophers who influenced them. America cannot and does not need to be reinvented. Bob believes we must take the best of our founding principles and work from them because a country without principles is just a land mass. Bob has been practicing finance law for 50 years, is listed in “The Best Lawyers In America” and has been awarded the highest rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Peer Reviewed Martindale Hubbell. He holds a law degree and a Master’s degree in Law from NYU School of Law and is a Charter Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, Past President of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Past Chair of the 1,500 member Commercial Finance Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Past Chair of the California State Bar UCC Committee. Bob has been retained as an expert witness in more than 25 cases dealing with finance law. As an entrepreneur, he created and now manages Lenders Funding LLC, which makes and participates in loans to small business. Bob’s favorite quote is from John Locke: “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom”. Bob’s passions are American history, entrepreneurism, Libertarianism and his number one fan and significant other Anne.