Written by Dan Smoot and published by Western Islands (a press run by the John Birch Society), 1973’s The Business End of Government purported to demonstrate "the full and alarming spectrum of government forces now being brought to bear against one of our vital assets, the free American businessman." Such an offering was typical for Smoot, a one-time FBI agent who built a career as a conservative commentator working first for H.L. Hunt’s Facts Forum organization. From the mid-1950s on, he published The Dan Smoot Report and produced numerous radio and television broadcasts in order to propagate his small government, anti-tax, anti-communist, and anti-liberal views.
The Business End of Government was specifically focused on federal regulatory measures, featuring chapters such as "Harassment: The OSHA Syndrome" and "The FDA Con Game." Just as the book’s cover image featured a faceless shooter whose silhouette is that of the US Capitol, Smoot’s argument was that an impersonal bureaucratic government was killing the independent American.