The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, Jun 26, 2012 - Political Science - 304 pages
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Everywhere in America, the forces of digitization, innovation, and personalization are expanding our options and bettering the way we live. Everywhere, that is, except in our politics. There we are held hostage to an eighteenth century system, dominated by two political parties whose ever-more-polarized rhetorical positions mask a mutual interest in maintaining a stranglehold on power.

The Declaration of Independents is a compelling and extremely entertaining manifesto 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 the ancien regime, and take aim at do-something government policies that hurt most of those they claim to protect. Their vision will resonate with a wide swath of frustrated citizens and young voters, born after the Cold War's end, to whom old tribal allegiances, prejudices, and hang-ups about everything from hearing a foreign language on the street to gay marriage to drug use simply do not make sense.

  

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Review: The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America

User Review  - James - Goodreads

Being a libertarian myself there is little to disagree with in the book. Its a fun read.I enjoyed the case studies , the historical examples of libertarianism in action. the review of rock n' roll and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul Hinman - Goodreads

For a book whose title suggests actual solutions, there are very few such solutions offered. In one sense, I respect the concept that libertarianism purports to make a stand. But in practice, I think ... Read full review

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Contents

Part II The Democratization of Just About Everything Or Case Studies In Making Life Richer Weirder and Better
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Part III Operationalize It Baby
163
Epilogue The Futures So Bright
225
Acknowledgments
233
Notes and Sources
235
Index
247
About the Authors
265
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Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch are the editors, respectively, of Reason.tv and Reason magazine. Gillespie writes often for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and is a regular guest on Fox News. Welch, author of McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times (where he used to work), the New York Post, Bloggingheads.tv, and talk radio around the country.

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