What It Means to Be a Libertarian

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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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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

Review: What It Means to Be a Libertarian

User Review  - Philski - Goodreads

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

Contents

INTRODUCTION
I
Principles
Public Good
The Pursuit of Happiness
An Image of Limited Government
II
The Trendline Test
Protecting the Environment
Removing Government from Civil Life
Loose Ends
III
Gloom and Hope
Government As Them
The Demand to Be Left Alone
Lived Freedom

Choosing to Do It Ourselves
Removing Government from Economic Life
Tolerance and Discrimination
Permitting Revolutions in Education and Health Care
Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll
The Stuff of Life
Conclusion
SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of seven other books, including Losing Ground and The Bell Curve, with Richard J. Herrnstein.

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