What it means to be a libertarian: a personal interpretation

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Broadway Books, 1997 - Philosophy - 196 pages
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Charles Murray believes that America's founders had it right--strict limits on the power of the central government and strict protection of the individual are the keys to a genuinely free society. InWhat It Means to Be a Libertarian,he proposes a government reduced to the barest essentials: an executive branch consisting only of the White House and trimmed-down departments of state, defense, justice, and environment protection; a Congress so limited in power that it meets only a few months each year; and a federal code stripped of all but a handful of regulations. Combining the tenets of classical Libertarian philosophy with his own highly-original, always provocative thinking, Murray shows why less government advances individual happiness and promotes more vital communities and a richer culture. By applying the truths our founders held to be self-evident to today's most urgent social and political problems, he creates a clear, workable vision for the future.

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Since the M. Douglas Meeks' book I just reviewed made an argument that classical liberalism was incompatible with Christian thought, I wanted to read a modern espousal of the philosophy of classical ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Hamilton - Goodreads

Essentially my bible on current affairs and politics. Should be canonized along with all other scripture. I took copious notes on virtually every page. I want my kids to read this and memorize passages by heart. Oh, did I mention I really liked this book? Read full review

Contents

HOW WOULD IT WORK?
45
IS IT POSSIBLE?
141
Sources and Acknowledgments
171
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About the author (1997)

Charles Murray is the author of two of the most widely debated and influential social policy books in recent decades, Losing Ground: American Society Policy 1950-1980 and, with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. The Bradley Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Murray lives with his family near Washington, D.C.


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