The Declaration of Independents

The Declaration of Independents

How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America

Book - 2011
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Everywhere in America, the forces of digitization, innovation, and personalization are expanding our options and bettering the way we live. Everywhere, that is, except in our politics. There we are held hostage to an eighteenth century system, dominated by two political parties whose ever-more-polarized rhetorical positions mask a mutual interest in maintaining a stranglehold on power. 'The Declaration of Independents' is a compelling and extremely entertaining manifesto on behalf of a system better suited to the future - one structured by the essential libertarian principles of free minds and free markets. Gillespie and Welch profile libertarian innovators, identify the villains propping up the 'ancien regime', and take aim at do-something government policies that hurt most of those they claim to protect. Their vision will resonate with a wide swath of frustrated citizens and young voters, born after the Cold War's end, to whom old tribal allegiances, prejudices, and hang-ups about everything from hearing a foreign language on the street to gay marriage to drug use simply do not make sense.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781586489380
Branch Call Number: 320.512/GILLESPIE
Characteristics: xv, 264 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Welch, Matt 1968-


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Vincent T Lombardo May 06, 2013

Gillespie and Welch are, respectively, the former editor in chief and the current editor in chief of my favorite magazine, Reason. (Gillespie is currently editor in chief of and Reason TV.) Although this book is breezy and occasionally amusing, if you want to know more about libertarianism, I recommend "Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know", by Jason Brennan.


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