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The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America Kindle Edition
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“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.”
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.”
About the Author
- ASIN : B0080K3TRI
- Publisher : PublicAffairs; 1st edition (June 26, 2012)
- Publication date : June 26, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1420 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1610391004
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #787,609 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I respectfully disagree with some of the reviews here that Nick & Matt are being too snarky and hipsterish. That's the only way that US politics is even remotely interesting in my humble opinion. Their style of writing has paved the way for bloggers everywhere to hold our politicians accountable and with no mercy.
Declaration of Independents is a good book if you're interested in the libertarian point of view and why freedom in everything is important. However, don't expect a Jeffersonian silver bullet to our problems as the title implies. Politics is just too complicated and entrenched in every aspect of our lives to cover all the solutions in one book.
Written in intelligent, witty, irreverent, fast paced and broadly-informed prose, the author's intent is to point out, elucidate and encourage a simple and effective way to solve our nation's problems; begin by taking the words of The Declaration Of Independence to heart, literally, that we are naturally endowed "with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." And so live as if we and other individuals are what matter most, and just forget, step around and leave in the dust the hated politicians (with their self-serving, dependency-creating "greater-good" causes and expensive programs)...We need to start living 'independently' without giving them power.
Powerful, positive and futuristically revolutionary, this is a really fun and important book to read - and share.
"The cultural and political moment that we live in is robustly libertarian: Most parts of our lives are based on the notion that individuals will and should have always-increasing power and autonomy over the things that matter most to them. Current politics simply don't allow for that; indeed, they are premised on the exact opposite. But independence day is upon us. American's are now finally taking the same tools and insights that have liberated their personal lives and are applying them to their pubic ones...." (pg.223)