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The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America Hardcover – June 28, 2011
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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.”
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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.
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.
The sentence structure of "The Declaration of Independents" was way too difficult for a book trying to appeal to the general public. Oh, the authors' are clever with a turn of a phrase, but it distracts from what should be their message. The book is chocked full of statistics, but not a single chart/graph appeared. I'm not for dumbing down information, but there is no reason to intentionally make the book hard to digest.
I certainly hope, "the future is so bright" prediction is correct. As a libertarian, watching year after year as the Repubs & the Dems keep growing government has been quite depressing. I am definitely ready to wear some shades.