Libertarian Nation: The Call for a New Agenda Kindle Edition
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He wrote in the "Author's Note" to this 2009 book, "I started working on this book... to develop a book on libertarian political philosophy... I believe there will be a political and economic reckoning of the spendthrift policies the United States has followed since World War II... Think of this book as a blueprint for minimizing, surviving and succeeding trouble in the meantime."
He admits, "States are pretty good at building and maintaining roads. They can arbitrate simple material disputes... When governments try to reach beyond simple material goals... they fail spectacularly." (Pg. 53) Later, in the aftermath of the fiscal crisis of 2008, he argues, "A libertarian would rather have a free-enterprise-competing, profit-seeking financial services firm... take his money than a coercive, statist government agency." (Pg. 159)
He rejects polygamy ("an often brutal social and financial hierarchy... it codifies INequality", pg. 112); opposes affirmative action (which "codify the statist fiction that humans can be identified primarily as members of groups", pg. 202); rejects the death penalty ("Do you trust the same government that has trouble ... running the Department of Motor Vehicles to kill people fairly and efficiently?", pg. 226); opposes drug prohibition (Pg. 228); rejects Social Security ("A practical libertarian considers work something he'll do... his whole life", pg. 234); and considers the Iraq War "ill-advised... It was nation-building." (Pg. 257)
He also seemingly defends biologist James Watson's controversial remarks on native "intelligence" (for which Watson was compelled to resign his position at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory); or at least, Walsh condemns what he calls the "statist manipulation" of Watson's remarks (pg. 190-192).
Walsh is to be commended to taking on some topics that libertarians (particularly those writing "political primers") often shy away from; this is generally an excellent, RECENTLY-written introduction to libertarianism.