What it means to be a libertarian: a personal interpretation

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Broadway Books, 1997 - Philosophy - 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. InWhat 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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I cant remember who, but someone said this book is the Libertarian equivalent of Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson, and they were spot on. Concise, readable in an evening, this is a great ... Read full review

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"Of the many forces that will eventually reestablish limited government in America, the most powerful will be a renewed understanding that only freedom enables human beings to live fully human lives." 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 recent decades, Losing Ground: American Society Policy 1950-1980 and, with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. The Bradley Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Murray lives with his family near Washington, D.C.

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