What It Means to Be a Libertarian

What It Means to Be a Libertarian

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by Charles Murray
     
 

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Charles Murray believes that America's founders had it right--strict limits on the power of the central government and strict protection of the individual are the keys to a genuinely free society. In What It Means to Be a Libertarian, he proposes a government reduced to the barest essentials: an executive branch consisting only of the White House andSee more details below

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Charles Murray believes that America's founders had it right--strict limits on the power of the central government and strict protection of the individual are the keys to a genuinely free society. In What It Means to Be a Libertarian, he proposes a government reduced to the barest essentials: an executive branch consisting only of the White House and trimmed-down departments of state, defense, justice, and environment protection; a Congress so limited in power that it meets only a few months each year; and a federal code stripped of all but a handful of regulations.

Combining the tenets of classical Libertarian philosophy with his own highly-original, always provocative thinking, Murray shows why less government advances individual happiness and promotes more vital communities and a richer culture. By applying the truths our founders held to be self-evident to today's most urgent social and political problems, he creates a clear, workable vision for the future.

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Library Journal
For Murray, author of the controversial tome The Bell Curve (Free Pr., 1994), a libertarian supports the reduction of government. Government should be smaller, less intrusive, and less expensive. One of the interesting things about this philosophy is that few Americans would dispute the worth of these goals. No one who fills out an IRS form needs to be convinced of the clumsiness of federal bureaucracy. But taxpayers split with the ideal when it comes to deciding what government functions to eliminate. In addition, many do not believe the libertarian agenda to be practical, or even possible, at this point in history. Murray addresses these objections and sets his political ideas in a historical and sociological framework. He traces his general principles to the founding fathers, particularly Jefferson, who believed that limited government was intimately connected to the success of individual liberty. Murray adds sociological and psychological support for the reevaluation of personal freedom as a basic human need. Though the arguments are ultimately unconvincing, they have an undeniable appeal and deserve to be heard. What It Means To Be a Libertarian is a sober and intelligent work, well read by the author and judiciously abridged. Highly recommended for most public and academic libraries.John Owen, Advanced Micro Devices Technical Lib., Sunnyvale, Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307764928
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
09/22/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
518,022
File size:
2 MB

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