Leviathan on the Right: How Big-government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution

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Cato Institute, 2007 - Political Science - 321 pages
Despite an ostensibly conservative Republican president and Republican control of Congress, government is bigger and more intrusive than ever. That is not by accident; it is the conscious aim of a new brand of conservatism that seeks, not to reduce the size of government, but to use big government for conservative ends. This book shows how the Bush administration, Congress, and large parts of the Republican Party and the conservative movement have abandoned traditional conservative ideals and embraced the idea of big government.--Publisher description.

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Since President Bill Clinton proclaimed the demise of big government in a State of the Union address, the federal government "spends more, regulates us more, and reaches far more into our daily lives ... Read full review

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Big Government It Isnt Just for Liberals Anymore
The Roots of BigGovernment Conservatism
Proving Lord Acton Correct
Learning to Love the Welfare State
National Health Care Lite
Blinking at the Entitlements Crisis
Spending like Drunken Democrats
A National School Board
Power to the President
National Busybodies
The SmallGovernment Alternative
The Coming Debate

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Page 13 - The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.
Page 19 - That principle is that the sole end for which mankind are warranted individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number is self-protection ; that the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community against his will is to prevent harm to others.

About the author (2007)

Michael Tanner is director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, co-editor of "Replacing Obamacare", author of "The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society", and co-author of "Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Set It Free".

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