Politics of Freedom: Taking on the Left, the Right and Threats to Our Liberties

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Is it any wonder that Americans have become so dissatisfied with government today? Politicians have given us soaring federal spending, rampant violations of our constitutional rights, a futile war in Iraq, corruption, incompetence, and a growing nanny state. Now one of the leading libertarian critics of big government raises the flag of freedom. David Boaz takes on both liberals and conservatives who seek to impose their own partisan agendas on the whole country. He discusses the roots of American freedom, the growing libertarian vote in America, the arrogance of politicians, and everything from taxes and education to terrorism and the war on drugs. For the millions of Americans who don't fit the red-blue divide, who are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, who reject big-government conservatism and nanny-state liberalism, this book points the way to a new politics of freedom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933995144
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
The Libertarian Idea     1
Pro-Choice     3
Pro-Life     5
Rights, Responsibilities, and Community     7
Competition and Cooperation     15
Liberalism and Change     19
The Gun behind the Law     22
Are Libertarians Anti-Government?     23
The Ownership Society     25
The Importance of History     28
A Necessary Evil     31
The Hubris of Politics     33
Government without Principles     35
The Lobbyist Scandals     37
Root of the Evil     39
How the Republicans and Democrats Maintained Their Market Share     42
No Consensus     44
War, Collectivism, and Conscription     45
The Fatal Conceit in the Bush-Clinton Years     47
Our Magical President     49
The Political Economy of Market and State     51
Chrysler, Microsoft, and Industrial Policy     53
Parasite Economy Latches onto New Host     55
Prisoner Held for Ransom     57
The High Price of Regulation     59
Junking Jobs: The War on Sidewalk Sales     61
Felix RohatynReconstructs America     62
Capitalism and Change     64
The Politics of Left and Right     67
Left and Right in the Same Sorry Rut     69
George Will and the Ideological Switcheroo     70
Filibuster Flip-Flops     73
The Budget Two-Step     74
Bush, Kerry, and Partisan Hypocrisy     76
Does Anybody Believe in Federalism?     78
True Patriotism     80
Liberals, Conservatives, and Free Speech     82
Big-Government Conservatives     83
The Bush Betrayal     85
Franklin Delano Bush     87
Conservatives Warm Up to Majoritarian Tyranny     88
Libertarians, Beware the Rigid Reign of Rudy     90
Why Do Conservatives Like Bush?     91
The Rise of Big-Government Conservatism     93
Welcome to Our Side     95
Big-Government Liberals     97
Hillary Hates Freedom     99
Hillary Moves Right in All the Wrong Directions     101
The Man with the Plan     102
Hash Brownies and Harlots in the Halls of Power     105
Our Friend, the State     107
Taking Marxism to China     109
Civil Rights and Wrongs     111
Don't Forget the Kids     113
Legal Immigrants?     114
Enlightenment Values     115
Yellow Peril Reinfects America     116
Marriage Measure Is an Amendment Too Far     119
Domestic Justice     121
Virginia Is for (Homoracial, Heterosexual, Mentally Adequate) Lovers     123
Don't Put Slavery in the Flag     125
Down the Drain     129
At Least Eight Good Reasons to Pass a Tax Cut     131
The Transportation Boondoggle Bill     132
Budget Cuts: Less Than Meets the Eye     134
What Does It Mean to Abolish an Agency?     136
Bush's Tiny Tax Cut     138
Bush: The Biggest Taxer in World History     139
Let the Children Go     141
Let the Children Go     143
Congress Waves Good-Bye to Local Control of Schools     145
California's {dollar}200 Billion Mistake     147
Can Government Put Values in the Schools?     149
The Big Flaw in School Reform     151
The Trouble with Compulsory Schooling     152
A Right to Safer Schools     156
Five Myths about School Choice     158
The Nanny State      163
The Republicans, Smaller Government, and Terrell Owens     165
Obesity and "Public Health"?     167
The Selective "Right to Choose"     168
Where Have All the Smokers Gone?     170
Thank You for Never Having Smoked     172
Traditional Values on Screen, and on Trial     173
Public Problems, Private Solutions     175
Seceding to Gated Communities     177
Privatize Air Traffic Control     180
Privatize Marriage     182
Privatize Social Security     185
End Taxpayer Funding of Public Broadcasting     187
The Benefits of Private Regulation     191
A Drug-Free America?     201
Let's Quit the Drug War     203
Czar Bennett's War on Drugs     204
America after Prohibition: The Corner Drugstore     206
Journalists and the Drug War     209
The Hydra-Headed Drug Business     216
The War on Drugs     218
America and the World     225
Hating Freedom     227
Prosecuting the War     228
Word Associations     231
Promoting Democratic Capitalism     233
Flood South Africa with American Culture      234
Free Trade, Limited Government, and Secession     236
The Return of Woodrow Wilson     238
Private Property from Soweto to Shanghai     240
From Russia, with Surprise     244
The Nature of Government     249
The Who and Why of Big-Bucks Politics     251
The Tentacles of Federal Funding     252
The Distended Public Sector     255
The Big Government Building Boom     257
Life and Liberty     261
What to Be Thankful For     263
Liberty at the Movies     265
Where Are the Anti-Communist Movies?     267
Fine Words     268
The Separation of Art and State     270
Characters     275
The Heart and Soul of Ronald Reagan     277
Pat Robertson's Crackpopulism     279
Rick Santorum: Left, Right, and Wrong     281
Stalin's Songbird     283
The Man Who Told the Truth     284
The Charismatic Collectivists of the '30s     286
Galbraith's Mirror     292
Murdoch vs. The Man     293
Chavez: Do We Need Any More Evidence?     295
A Toast to Yeltsin     296
The Politics of Freedom      299
A Free and Prosperous New Year     301
Libertarian Orphans     303
Libertarian Voters in 2004 and 2006     304
Misunderstanding Politics: Stockman and His Revolution     312
The Good News and the Bad News     313
Are We Freer?     315
Index     319
Acknowledgments     331
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    threats to our liberties

    'the politics of freedom' is a remarkable book that is very educational that I found very helpful in this 2008 election year with so much misrepresentations of the constitution and the bill of rights . the arthur david boaz has put together some exellent documentation in his bestseller and I felt this very fast reading book will make a make a big difference in the 2008 election and will help the voters make a very wise choice.

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