Libertarianism A Primer

ISBN-10: 068484768X
ISBN-13: 9780684847689
Edition: 1998
Author(s): David Boaz
Description: Tens of millions of Americans, from Generation X-ers to baby boomers and beyond, are rediscovering libertarianism, a visionary alternative to the tired party orthodoxies of left and right. In 1995 a Gallup poll found that 52 percent of Americans  More...
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Copyright Year: 1998
Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: 2/4/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Tens of millions of Americans, from Generation X-ers to baby boomers and beyond, are rediscovering libertarianism, a visionary alternative to the tired party orthodoxies of left and right. In 1995 a Gallup poll found that 52 percent of Americans said "the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." Later that year,The Wall Street Journalconcurred, saying: "Because of their growing disdain for government, more and more Americans appear to be driftingoften unwittinglytoward a libertarian philosophy." Libertarianism is hardly new, but its framework for liberty under law and economic progress makes it especially suited for the dynamic new era we are now entering. In the United States, the bureaucratic leviathan is newly threatened by a resurgence of the libertarian ideas upon which the country was founded. We are witnessing a breakdown of all the cherished beliefs of the welfare-warfare state. Americans have seen the failure of big government. Now, in the 1990s, we are ready to apply the lessons of this century to make the next one the century not of the state but of the free individual. David Boaz presents the essential guidebook to the libertarian perspective, detailing its roots, central tenets, solutions to contemporary policy dilemmas, and future in American politics. He confronts head-on the tough questions frequently posed to libertarians: What about inequality? Who protects the environment? What ties people together if they are essentially self-interested? A concluding section, "Are You a Libertarian?" gives readers a chance to explore the substance of their own beliefs.Libertarianismis must reading for understanding one of the most exciting and hopeful movements of our time.

David Boaz is executive vice president of the Cato Institute. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer (an updated edition to be released in 2015 called The Libertarian Mind), and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in the Washington, DC, area.

The Coming Libertarian Age
The Roots of Libertarianism
What Rights Do We Have?
The Dignity of the Individual
Pluralism and Toleration
Law and the Constitution
Civil Society
The Market Process
What Big Government Is All About
Contemporary Issues
The Obsolete State
The Libertarian Future
Are You a Libertarian?
For Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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