Leviathan on the Right: How the Rise of Big Government Conservatism Threatens Our Freedom and Our Future

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Despite an ostensibly conservative Republican president and republican control of Congress, government is bigger and more intrusive than ever. That is not by accident; it is the conscious aim of a new brand of conservatism that seeks, not to reduce the size of government, but to use big government for conservative ends. This book shows how the Bush administration, Congress, and large parts of the Republican Party and the conservative movement have abandoned traditional conservative ideals and embraced the idea of...

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Despite an ostensibly conservative Republican president and republican control of Congress, government is bigger and more intrusive than ever. That is not by accident; it is the conscious aim of a new brand of conservatism that seeks, not to reduce the size of government, but to use big government for conservative ends. This book shows how the Bush administration, Congress, and large parts of the Republican Party and the conservative movement have abandoned traditional conservative ideals and embraced the idea of big government.

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Since President Bill Clinton proclaimed the demise of big government in a State of the Union address, the federal government "spends more, regulates us more, and reaches far more into our daily lives than it did before the Republican Revolution." This is the thesis of Tanner (director, health & welfare studies, Cato Inst.; Social Security and Its Discontents), who argues that the Republican Party, "supposedly the party of smaller government" and until recently in power for over a decade, in fact succumbed to the many temptations and opportunities to govern actively. Tanner is especially good on the roots of big-government conservatism, an analysis based upon his categorizations of neoconservatives, national-greatness conservatives, supply-siders, technophiles, and the Religious Right and his view of domestic issues like welfare, health insurance, entitlements, and education. He presents a lucid argument that deserves a place in any public or academic library collection seeking to document contemporary U.S. politics.
—Bob Nardini

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933995007
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Compelling

    Well documented; the Republican Washington Establishment probably hoped this book was never printed; truth be told.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    It opened my eyes

    Mr. Tanner's book makes so much sense. A lot has changed in our country and it is really refreshing to have writing of this clarity about what has been going on. He was able to identify trends within Republican Party policy that have resulted in some pretty strange legislation. I recommend this book. It helped me understand initiatives that have been put in place that came from the Right while espousing views traditionally held by the Left!

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