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The Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, The Right and Threats to Our Liberties [Hardcover]

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Is it any wonder that Americans have become so dissatisfied with government today? Politicians have given us soaring federal spending, rampant violations of our constitutional rights, a futile war in Iraq, corruption, incompetence, and a growing nanny state. Now one of the leading libertarian critics of big government raises the flag of freedom. David Boaz takes on both liberals and conservatives who seek to impose their own partisan agendas on the whole country. He discusses the roots of American freedom, the growing libertarian vote in America, the arrogance of politicians, and everything from taxes and education to terrorism and the war on drugs. For the millions of Americans who don't fit the red-blue divide, who are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, who reject big-government conservatism and nanny-state liberalism, this book points the way to a new politics of freedom.

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Pages   329
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.72 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 25, 2008
Publisher   Cato Institute
ISBN  1933995149  
ISBN13  9781933995144  

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More About David Boaz

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on a wide range of domestic issues. He is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. He is the author of "The Politics of Freedom" and "Libertarianism: A Primer"; the editor of "The Libertarian Reader"; and coeditor of the "Cato Handbook for Policymakers". His articles have been published in the "Wall Street Journal", the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", the "Los Angeles Times", "National Review", and "Slate", and he is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows.

David Boaz currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. David Boaz was born in 1953.

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Politics of Freedom: A book that champions liberty.  May 27, 2008
An excellent source for understanding the threats to our liberties from government. Boaz rests his arguments on principles and proven outcomes and not on blind loyalty to Political Parties or wonderful sounding programs. His articles make clear how incredibly far astray from the constitution we have gone with ever expanding government spending, regulation and power. I very much appreciate the clarity which Boaz brings to many over worn issues and how often his redefinition of the problems at hand point to the more fundamental issues. Thanks David Boaz.

Steve Thaler
Should be assigned as supplemental reading for any classes debating civil liberties.  Apr 4, 2008
THE POLITICS OF FREEDOM: TAKING ON THE LEFT, THE RIGHT, AND THREATS TO OUR LIBERTIES provides college-level collections strong in political science with a powerful discussion of partisan agendas and failures and successes in social management. From important connections to basic political and social freedoms to underlying politics which support such freedoms, this should be an item of choice for not only political science and sociology collections, but should be assigned as supplemental reading for any classes debating civil liberties.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
A powerful persuasion of the value of freedom from government follies  Apr 1, 2008
David Boaz's collection of his writings provides a comprehensive description of the individual and social costs of government encroachment on our freedoms. It should be read not just by those appreciating the value of freedom, but even more so by those who do not fully realize how ill-founded government policies detract from, rather than enhance, standards of living everywhere. Were the insights provided by Boaz more widely understood, the world would be a more prosperous and peaceful place.

Required Reading for the Upcoming Election  Mar 30, 2008
To ensure that this review gets read, I am going to keep it brief with a few observations.

Anyone that wishes to be considered an informed voter must be accurately informed about what the Democrat and Republican policies have done to our country post 1980. David Boaz's latest book provides us with this very much needed information. Specifically, he provides with much of his best work that he has written over the years that accurately describe many of the failed polices that have been enacted by our government since 1980.

His use of evidence of how both political parties have enlarged the size and scope of the federal government, spent us into a $9 trillion deficit with ever increasing entitlement programs, continued a failed war on drugs, increased the nanny state, and weakened our military by putting it in parts of the world it has no business being in are just a few of the adverse effects that Republican and Democrat polices have had on our country--David Boaz lists many others that are just as important.

If you agree with many of the points of this book than you are not alone--many of us, when asked are policy preferences, are "mostly Libertarian" but don't even know it. If you disagree, explain where David Boaz's analysis has gone wrong; but good luck justifying his errors because it won't be easy.
I agree but disagree  Mar 27, 2008
While I agree with about 75 % of this book (I consider myself a libertarian-oriented Republican, or a libertarian, or maybe an independent)...

I have some issues with the book:

- I disagree with the entire discussion of smoking bans. The author refers to people who are for clean indoor air as "fascists". This is of course more than a bit ridiculous.

- The author contradicts himself. One example is that he excoriates Giuliani for cleaning up New York city by getting rid of "street vendors" and beggars. Later in the book, he criticizes U.S. cities for allowing "panhandlers". So which is it ? Are street vendors and panhandlers an expression of American individual liberty, or a menace ? He takes both positions at once.

- He focuses on the Founding Fathers' love of individual liberty, totally disregarding Hamilton's love of strong federal power.

- At one point he states that "free people" have a right to secession (where is that in the U.S. Constitution ?)

- I disliked his defense of "gated communities". He ignores the fact that in cities like Dallas (where I live), the communities have expropriated public streets and closed entire public areas and put gates across what before were public streets. So it is not just about the private sector. It is about the private sector taking over public roads. He ignores this. He defends gated communities, saying that they make people safer. But is it real safety, or is it fake safety. Again: not addressed.

- His basic philosophy is: public sector = bad, private sector = good. I think this is oversimplified. Don't I get anything for my tax money ? Ever been in Minnesota and seen the public services there, the roads, the rest stops, the public infrastructure ? Now go to a state that has low taxation (Mississippi or rural Texas), and compare basic services. I don't think his statement that the public sector is ALWAYS less efficient than the private sector is right. Was Enron a good use of societal resources ? Was Worldcom a good use of resources ?

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