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A New Beginning Paperback – August 1, 1980

ISBN-13: 978-0898030471 ISBN-10: 0898030471 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Jameson Books Inc.; 1st edition (August 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898030471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898030471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,851,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ellis on October 10, 2001
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The Libertarians just don't ever seem to get any respect. Even though they've managed to survive and grow (albiet slowly) over the past 30 years (as opposed to the late Reform Party) and they've also managed to show a consistent strength without resorting to continually renominating the same celebrity candidate (as opposed to the Greens), many political commentators tend to dismiss America's largest third party as "a bunch of Republicans who want to get stoned." The fact of the matter is that, even as the Libertarians have been ridiculed, many of their ideas have been adopted into the so-called political "mainstream." Even their most controversial stand -- the legalization of drugs -- has become more and more acceptable with each passing year. And, compared to most other third party candidates, the Libertarians have been able to consitently nominate credible candidates for the office of presidency -- such as Ron Paul in 1988 and especially Ed Clark in 1980. Polling over a million votes, Clark was by far the Libertarians most succesful presidential candidate and his campaign is reponsible for bringing several previously frustrated voters into his party's camp. Clark wrote a New Beginning specifically for the 1980 campaign and, despite being twenty years old, it remains a valuable introduction to the beliefs and philosophy behind the Libertarian Party. Writing in clear, level-headed prose, Clark explains why the Libertarians believe that government has become too intrusive in American life, why the War on Drugs is a waste of taxpayer money that does more harm than good, and -- perhaps most importantly -- demolishes the myth that the Libertarians are a bunch of a anti-government flakes.Read more ›
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I read this in '80, and voted for Clark. I long ago lost the book, but recently bought it again. His same arguments apply today, but when he made them, they would have been effective and the required adjustments would not have been as severe and sudden as they are going to by necessity be today.

Standing back and comparing today with America 50 years ago is informative; Clarks' book came out midway in that run, as an early reaction to what he saw coming.

JFK's federal spending in early 60's was $100B, over half of which was for defense at the peak of the Cold War. That was an America with a population that was about half of ours today, maybe more, but let's call it half to be generous.

We can inflation adjust JFK's spending by x 7.5, and population adjust by x 2.0 to get to $1500B/yr in federal spending. We are at $3800B/yr in federal debt fueled spending. That is 243% of JFK's fully adjusted number. Is that a fair adjustment? And then some. It assumes, for instance, that the population was half, and yet it was more like 180M. We are at 330M, so that adjustment should only be 1.83. As well, it assumes zero (0) increase in the efficiency of government. IOW, the art of governance has not advanced in 50 years of technology, such that it costs just as much per capita to 'govern' today as it did in JFK's early 60s, still waiting as it was for the 029 punchcard machine to show up.

If JFK's defense budget grew by that same generous factor of 15, it would be $780B today. But the GOP was just chastised for increasing the Obama Administrations defense budget request from 70% of JFK's fully adjusted number to 71% of JFK's fully adjusted number. Well of course; we are no longer in the middle of the Cold War, it should be smaller.
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Ed Clark (born 1930) ran for Governor of California in 1978 (receiving more than 5% of the votes), and for President as the nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 1980 election. (He received 1.06% of the total popular vote, which is the highest a Libertarian Party candidate has ever received in a presidential race.)

This was his "campaign book" for 1980, and makes an effective introduction to Libertarianism, with chapters such as Cutting Government Down to Size; The Inflation Hoax; Non-Intervention: The Key to Peace; Social Security: The Ultimate Pyramid Scheme, etc.

He proposes to cut out "boondoggles" such as the Energy Security Trust Fund (pg. 14); eliminate the Department of Energy (pg. 15); and freeze the number and compensation of federal employees (pg. 18).

After summarizing USA/CIA interventions in Iran, he says, "Despite this record of insolent intervention in Iranian affairs... (President Carter) claims he's at a complete loss to explain such hostility" as the mobs chanting, "Death to the United States!" (Pg. 36)

He states that as President, he would work bo abolish both subsidies AND regulations of the nuclear power industry; "utilities will be liable for any damage to life and property resulting from the conduct of their business and the disposal of spent fuel." (Pg. 57)

Concerning Social Security, he argues that "We should fund Social Security out of general revenues... and by cutting federal spending in other areas, we can avoid any tax increase." (Pg. 81)

This is an excellent brief statement of Libertarian principles.
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