“A refreshingly non-partisan dissection of the
social safety net’s unintended consequences”
Read the Washington Independent Review of Books review!

Subject of the 2017 PBS documentary, Work and Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare.

Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers visit ReasonTV to Talk With Nick Gillespie About Their New Book, The Human Cost of Welfare:

Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers visited ReasonTV on February 22nd, 2016 and spoke with Nick Gillespie about their new book, The Human Cost of Welfare.

Phil Harvey Talks About Upcoming Book on Huffpost

Phil D. Harvey, December 31, 2013: Phil talks about his upcoming book, “The Human Cost of Welfare”, on Huffington PostThis book takes a hard look at welfare in America today, and what it costs the people who are on it. This book, co-authored with Lisa Conyers, is in its final stages and will be released 2/29/2016.

ReasonTV interview with Phil Harvey

Reason host Nick Gillespie interviews Phil D. Harvey on his latest book of fiction, the thriller “Showtime”, and other topics, for Reason Television. Watch video here. The book “Showtime”  is available on Amazon.

BOOK By Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers

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THE HUMAN COST OF WELFARE is available at ABC-CLIO (use discount code Q11620 for discount). Also available on Amazon.

Why is the welfare system failing to work for so many people? This book examines the problems with the current welfare system and proposes reforms to create a smarter, smaller system that helps people improve their lives through rewarding work.

  • Presents a unique analysis of America’s welfare programs and uses real-life examples to show how the current system forces enrollees to stay underemployed or unemployed
  • Offers a well-researched perspective on the relationship between work and happiness and why work is necessary for a happy life.
  • Presents a new angle on welfare’s shortcomings by focusing on the opinions of more than 100 welfare beneficiaries
  • Provides a variety of recommendations for welfare reform, such as creating wage subsidies for low-income workers, increasing apprenticeships, privatizing welfare, and fixing the Earned Income Tax Credit, among others

BOOKS By Phil Harvey

Government Creep: What the Government is Doing That You Don’t Know About

Publisher: Loompanics Unlimited
Page Count: 164pp
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Notes: Softcover
Date Published: 2003
Available from: and your favorite local bookseller.

It should be plain by now that we have too much government. Strip searches, confiscated homes, stolen children, denial of due process, war without end. Sounds like life in a Third World country, doesn’t it? But this is our own federal government ‘for, of, and by the people,’ invading our personal lives, supposedly for our own good.

“Government Creep: What the Government Is Doing That You Don’t Know About” shows how Uncle Sam has now become a dysfunctional parent — standing guard in our bedrooms to ‘protect’ consenting adults from each other, peering at what we read to see if we’re ‘corrupting’ ourselves or someone else, making it impossible to run a small business, incarcerating our children and confiscating our homes under laws that make freedom lovers shudder.

The Government vs Erotica: The Siege of Adam & Eve

Publisher: Prometheus Books
Page Count: 296pp
Size: 9.3 x 6.3
Notes: Hardcover
Date Published: 2001
Available from:,and your favorite local bookseller.

What can you do when government prosecutors, in their zeal to impose their own moral agenda, attempt to crush your First Amendment rights, trampling a host of other constitutional rights in the process? If your name is Phil Harvey, you fight back. The Government vs. Erotica is the true story of on company that fought – and won – over our governemtn’s efforts to silence its freedom of expression. The outcome of that battle affects the constitutionally protected rights of all of us.