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

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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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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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