OK, I finally read the thing. Very interesting. I'm generally inclined to agree with the premise that established business tends to ally itself with government in an effort to stifle competition. I hadn't read until now an account of the actual history of such things, a recounting of the gory details...
Weirdly, John Stossel's book, "Give Me a Break" makes the same point, much more eloquently, though less thoroughly, and also leaving out the history discussed here.
I only wish that Childs had been less pedantic and had had a better facility with words, had better communication skills - the first 30 or 40 per cent of the essay, while perhaps relevant, is needlessly wordy to an amazing degree. It takes real work to plow through this treatise.
In any case, thanks for posting it. Is there anything else out there on the same subject, I wonder. I hope so, the material should be of interest to everyone.
I agree Sam, Roy's necessary descriptions early on are in fact hard to follow, but being crucial as you say, would have much benefitted from some simplification.
For me it boils down to; that to have the freedom envsioned in our founding, we should have followed the constitution's limits on Govt.
But as innumerable scholars have pointed out, not only was FDR not some great saviour, but that his Court crapped on our constitution by rewriting it from the bench sans amendment to give both sides of the aisle incentives to grow the state's powers by both welfarism and warfarism with the ability for congress to spend on a totally new and expanded definiton of what constitutes "the General Welfare", as a battleship surely does, but where now sops to special interests also do, when we know they do anything but, except in winning reelections.