What It Means to Be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation

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Crown/Archetype, Sep 22, 2010 - Political Science - 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. In What 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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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LIBERTARIAN: A Personal Interpretation

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A book guarranteed to delight fans and infuriate foes of the coauthor of the controversial The Bell Curve. Murray's version of libertarianism embraces familiar themes. The ideal (i.e., limited ... Read full review

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Best defence of libertarianism I have read in a long time. Lucid and short, and written from a ethical, almost communitarian perspective on what is best for society - individual happiness. Read full review

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Charles Murray is the author of two of the most widely debated and influential social policy books in the last three decades, Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950–1980 and, with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. He is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.

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