The Politics of Freedom: Taking on the Left, the Right, and Threats to Our Liberties (Google eBook)

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Cato Institute, 2008 - Political Science - 329 pages
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Is it any wonder that Americans have become so dissatisfied with government today? Politicians have given us soaring federal spending, rampant violations of our constitutional rights, a futile war in Iraq, corruption, incompetence, and a growing nanny state. Now one of the leading libertarian critics of big government raises the flag of freedom. David Boaz takes on both liberals and conservatives who seek to impose their own partisan agendas on the whole country. He discusses the roots of American freedom, the growing libertarian vote in America, the arrogance of politicians, and everything from taxes and education to terrorism and the war on drugs. For the millions of Americans who don't fit the red-blue divide, who are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, who reject big-government conservatism and nanny-state liberalism, this book points the way to a new politics of freedom.
  

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'Unfortunately, the libertarian swing vote may also contain some inconsistent friends of freedom. Based on Boaz's own figures, a majority of them still voted Republican at the height (one hopes) of ... Read full review

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Contents

Californias 200 Billion Mistake
147
Can Government Put Values in the Schools?
149
The Big Flaw in School Reform
151
The Trouble with Compulsory Schooling
152
A Right to Safer Schools
156
Five Myths about School Choice
158
The Nanny State
163
The Republicans Smaller Government and Terrell Owens
165

The Importance of History
28
A Necessary Evil
31
The Hubris of Politics
33
Government without Principles
35
The Lobbyist Scandals
37
Root of the Evil
39
How the Republicans and Democrats Maintained Their Market Share
42
No Consensus
44
War Collectivism and Conscription
45
The Fatal Conceit in the BushClinton Years
47
Our Magical President
49
The Political Economy of Market and State
51
Chrysler Microsoft and Industrial Policy
53
Parasite Economy Latches onto New Host
55
Prisoner Held for Ransom
57
The High Price of Regulation
59
The War on Sidewalk Sales
61
Felix Rohatyn Reconstructs America
62
Capitalism and Change
64
The Politics of Left and Right
67
Left and Right in the Same Sorry Rut
69
George Will and the Ideological Switcheroo
70
Filibuster FlipFlops
73
The Budget TwoStep
74
Bush Kerry and Partisan Hypocrisy
76
Does Anybody Believe in Federalism?
78
True Patriotism
80
Liberals Conservatives and Free Speech
82
BigGovernment Conservatives
83
The Bush Betrayal
85
Franklin Delano Bush
87
Conservatives Warm Up to Majoritarian Tyranny
88
Libertarians Beware the Rigid Reign of Rudy
90
Why Do Conservatives Like Bush?
91
The Rise of BigGovernment Conservatism
93
Welcome to Our Side
95
BigGovernment Liberals
97
Hillary Hates Freedom
99
Hillary Moves Right in All the Wrong Directions
101
The Man with the Plan
102
Hash Brownies and Harlots in the Halls of Power
105
Our Friend the State
107
Taking Marxism to China
109
Civil Rights and Wrongs
111
Dont Forget the Kids
113
Legal Immigrants?
114
Enlightenment Values
115
Yellow Peril Reinfects America
116
Marriage Measure Is an Amendment Too Far
119
Domestic Justice
121
Virginia Is for Homoracial Heterosexual Mentally Adequate Lovers
123
Dont Put Slavery in the Flag
125
Down the Drain
129
At Least Eight Good Reasons to Pass a Tax Cut
131
The Transportation Boondoggle Bill
132
Less Than Meets the Eye
134
What Does It Mean to Abolish an Agency?
136
Bushs Tiny Tax Cut
138
The Biggest Taxer in World History
139
Let the Children Go
141
Let the Children Go
143
Congress Waves GoodBye to Local Control of Schools
145
Obesity and Public Health?
167
The Selective Right to Choose
168
Where Have All the Smokers Gone?
170
Thank You for Never Having Smoked
172
Traditional Values on Screen and on Trial
173
Public Problems Private Solutions
175
Seceding to Gated Communities
177
Privatize Air Traffic Control
180
Privatize Marriage
182
Privatize Social Security
185
End Taxpayer Funding of Public Broadcasting
187
The Benefits of Private Regulation
191
A DrugFree America?
201
Lets Quit the Drug War
203
Czar Bennetts War on Drugs
204
The Corner Drugstore
206
Journalists and the Drug War
209
The HydraHeaded Drug Business
216
The War on Drugs
218
America and the World
225
Hating Freedom
227
Prosecuting the War
228
Word Associations
231
Promoting Democratic Capitalism
233
Flood South Africa with American Culture
234
Free Trade Limited Government and Secession
236
The Return of Woodrow Wilson
238
Private Property from Soweto to Shanghai
240
From Russia with Surprise
244
The Nature of Government
249
The Who and Why of BigBucks Politics
251
The Tentacles of Federal Funding
252
The Distended Public Sector
255
The Big Government Building Boom
257
Life and Liberty
261
What to Be Thankful For
263
Liberty at the Movies
265
Where Are the AntiCommunist Movies?
267
Fine Words
268
The Separation of Art and State
270
Characters
275
The Heart and Soul of Ronald Reagan
277
Pat Robertsons Crackpopulism
279
Left Right and Wrong
281
Stalins Songbird
283
The Man Who Told the Truth
284
The Charismatic Collectivists of the 30s
286
Galbraiths Mirror
292
Murdoch vs The Man
293
Do We Need Any More Evidence?
295
A Toast to Yeltsin
296
The Politics of Freedom
299
A Free and Prosperous New Year
301
Libertarian Orphans
303
Libertarian Voters in 2004 and 2006
304
Stockman and His Revolution
312
The Good News and the Bad News
313
Are We Freer?
315
Index
319
Acknowledgments
331
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David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on a wide range of domestic issues. He is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. He is the author of "The Politics of Freedom" and "Libertarianism: A Primer"; the editor of "The Libertarian Reader"; and coeditor of the "Cato Handbook for Policymakers". His articles have been published in the "Wall Street Journal", the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", the "Los Angeles Times", "National Review", and "Slate", and he is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows.

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