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The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 28, 2011
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Kirkus, May 5, 2011
"An enthusiastic, entertaining libertarian critique of American politics, brimming with derision for the status quo and optimism for the future and confident of the right direction.”
“This is the up-to-date statement of libertarianism. Not warmed-over right-wing politics, but real, true-blooded libertarianism in the sense of loving liberty and wanting to find a new path toward human flourishing."
Washington Examiner, June 26, 2011
“An important book and lively read.”
Forbes.com, July 4, 2011
“A fun and ultimately positive look at how anti-authoritarianism, entrepreneurship and independence have led to one revolution after another in the way we think about the world, the products we buy, and the jobs we end up getting (or creating for ourselves)…. It’s a good book, a well-written, easily accessible manifesto on how libertarian ideas and anti-authoritarianism can help change the world, and how they will one way or another, whether we like it or not. Just as importantly, the book is uplifting, optimistic and full of energy.”
RealClearPolitics, July 5, 2011
"The Declaration of Independents is a refreshing political book in that it kind of, well, hates politics, and it's worth reading on this issue alone…. An important read with solid insight into today's political mess…. Gillespie and Welch are full of optimism for the future.”
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I decided to get this book because I'm a big fan of Reason.com and Reason Magazine, and Nick and Matt. This book appealed to me because, like many Americans, I got tired of the expansion of government under Bush and Obama, despite their promises to cut it. If you're a fan of Obama and the Democrats, please get this book. Same to fan of Bush and the Republicans. Nick and Matt's treatment of each party is entirely fair; you will never come away thinking, "Wow, that was a cheap shot." There were a couple things in the book I disagreed with, but their arguments were always well-reasoned and sincere.
I especially liked the case studies and historical examples of libertarianism in action. The review of rock n' roll and the fall of the Communists in Czechoslovakia was fantastic. So was the example of Southwest Airlines and how it overcame government regulation and government protectionism in favor of already-existing airline corporations.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in politics, whether you're Republican, Democrat, or Zulu. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who just wants to read how great their party is and how awful the other party is--your head will probably explode. I hope after reading this book, more people are willing to declare independence from their political allegiances in order to get at the truth and expand our personal freedoms.
This is what libertarians do, and it's maddening for those of us who believe that libertarians are the keepers of the truth, the light, and the way. They have the answer to practically every issue facing the planet - and then when given a platform, they leave everyone with the impression that the only reason anyone is a libertarian is they want to smoke pot. Ron Paul goes on national television for a presidential debate armed with the most logical, forceful, and persuasive take on the Fed and our economic situation of all the candidates - and makes headlines because he wants to legalize heroin.Read more ›
In "The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America" (PublicAffairs, 288 pages, notes, index, $25.99) Gillespie and Welch issue a manifesto, if you will (shades of the "Communist Manifesto" of Marx and Engels!) on behalf of a system better suited to the future -- one structured by the essential libertarian principles of free minds and free markets.
Gillespie and Welch profile libertarian innovators, identify the villains propping up two parties that make up the political duopoly attempting to govern the country, and take aim at do-something government policies that hurt most of those they claim to protect. At the very beginning of the book, they show how consumers, faced with the rigid choices -- actually no choice at all -- offered by manufacturers like Eastman Kodak, abandon even trusted brands like Big Yellow, which at one time controlled more than 90 percent of the photography market, in favor of digital photography. Duopolies that are toast include Macy's and Gimbels and AT&T and MCI. For more about duopolies, chronicled by the late Larry F. Darby -- he died at age 69 in 2010 -- the authors say to click on: [...].Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An exuberant exposition of modern libertarianism, with a very (overly?) optimistic view of humanity underlying it.Published 6 months ago by ernest
To believe in libertarianism you must believe in fantasy. There are no libertarian countries taking advantage of this all powerful mmmmm .. . .. . . .. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Happy Girl
A refreshingly optimistic look at the state of our pretty horrific political system. If you've considered breaking away from Team Red and Team Blue for a world of new approaches... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Matthew Birkhofer
This book is written in denial of the very basic reality, that libertarianism isn't very popular with White people, and isn't popular at all with non-Whites. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nathan C
It is not just left vs right. There is wrong, and there is Libertarian. Matt and Nick really are leaders of a movement that will save the United States.Published 17 months ago by Jim
Anyone new to the Libertarian concept will really appreciate the book. Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch are unbelievably upbeat, optimistic and downright cheery. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jeffrey D. Gulbransen
This book was not what I expected. Yes it covers just how bad or government is, and has been for so long. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jeff Launiere