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

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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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A call to bring to government the same expansion of personal choice and freedom that has swept other areas of American life, through the application of libertarian principles.The past four decades ... Read full review


Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Beyond Duopoly
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Libertarian Moment
You Are Now Free to Move About the Country
The Disorganization Man and Woman
Rise of the Mutants
We the Media
We Are So Out of Money
Your Mind Your Health and Your Retirement Are Terrible
The Permanent Nongoverning Minority
The Futures So Bright

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Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch are the editors, respectively, of 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,, and talk radio around the country.

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