From the Publisher
For more than two decades, Tibor Machana relentless advocate of the political philosophy of libertarianismhas championed the sovereignty of the individual. As he himself puts it, even "when I might lie back to enjoy a moment of triumph, the euphoria of doing well at somethingI find the point about the price of liberty being eternal vigilance nearly impossible to lay aside." In this book, a collection of his columns written for newspapers published by Freedom Communications, as well as pieces written for other publications and websites, Machan offers his always well-reasoned, often controversial opinions on the variety of threats to individual liberty in the United States and around the world.
He includes a wide range of thoughts on why individual liberty is so important, along with insightful musings on nonconformity, self-importance, and moral virtue on the wane. He examines sex and politics in America from Clintons duplicity toward women to the insidious prejudice of "cultural identity"and also shares his impressions of such well-known figures as Margaret Thatcher, Shelby Steele, and others. Machan also offers his take on America since 9/11, including thoughts on government, liberty, and security, why Islamists detest America, and much more. And, of course, he examines the ongoing conflict of the individual versus the state on numerous battlegrounds, from public schools to the Internet.
Throughout this collection, Machan repeatedly seizes the intellectual offensive against those who seem to believe that only laws and bureaucrats can make life betterand provides a rigorous moral case for natural rights, individualism, and capitalism.
Tibor R. Machan is professor emeritus at the Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, Alabama, and holds the Freedom Communications Professorship of Free Enterprise and Business Ethics at the Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University, California. A research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, he is a widely published columnist and the author or editor of more than twenty books.
About the Author
Tibor R. Machan is a Hoover research fellow, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, Alabama, and holds the R. C. Hoiles Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University.