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Libertarianism used to be just a topic at your high school Government Club. But since all those Ayn Rand-niks are now in Congress, it's become a bigger deal. This book is an admirably clear exposition of the position--defined by David Boaz as "the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others"--which is useful to both adherents and those who merely want to "know the enemy." Of course, a lot of questions are left unanswered: Do I have to obey speed limits? Is it OK for me to drive on the left as long as I promise to swerve when I see you coming? Aren't there a lot of valuable enterprises that couldn't be achieved by individual effort alone, but only with a degree of government compulsion, including the federal highway system, public parks, and public libraries? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is more substantial if less elegantly written than Charles Murray's What It Means to Be a Libertarian (Forecasts, Nov. 18). Boaz, executive v-p of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, reaches back to religion and theorists like David Hume and Adam Smith to explore the roots of libertarianism. Boaz, like Murray, may be too optimistic in his assumption that private charity will supplant government assistance; however, he argues cogently against government excess. Government intervention (taxation, bank insurance, Medicare, etc.), he maintains, can diminish virtues like thrift and self-reliance. Libertarianism, he stresses, enhances individual dignity and pluralism; though he opposes laws based on race, he suggests, intriguingly, that Social Security discriminates against blacks because they have lower life expectancies. Predictably, Boaz argues that free markets enhance economic productivity and employment, and that government programs perpetuate bureaucratic and special interests. Among his proposals: end corporate and farm welfare; chop defense spending in half; abolish numerous federal agencies; privatize government programs. He proposes privatizing the Social Security system and offering tax-free Medical Savings Accounts in which unused money allocated for health insurance could be redirected to savings accounts.
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The best, most comprehensive explanation of the Libertarian political philosophy that I've seen and I've seen them all.Published 7 months ago by Edward P. Jucevic Jr.
Excellent book for someone just learning about Libertarianism. Well written and answered all of my questions about this Party. I shall become a member!
I guess as an intro to Libertarianism this book is a good start, but as a polital belief system Libertarianism seems to come up short on answers to the problems of today. Read morePublished 11 months ago by George L
It is not hard to understand why the Cato Institute recommends this book. It is a quick read that covers most of the basics of Libertarian thought. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Luke S.
I was given this book by somebody who loved it and I promised to read it.
I must confess that I approached it with prejudice. Read more
This is a great book for someone looking into politics, especially someone that is committed to the idea of personal and economic liberty. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Andrew Wikel