Libertarianism : A Primer

Libertarianism : A Primer

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 314 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780684831985
  • DDC分類 320.512

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Tens of millions of Americans, from Generation X-ers to baby boomers and beyond, are rediscovering libertarianism, a visionary alternative to the tired party orthodoxies of left and right. In 1995 a Gallup poll found that 52 percent of Americans said "the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." Later that year, "The Wall Street Journal" concurred, saying: "Because of their growing disdain for government, more and more Americans appear to be drifting-- often unwittingly-- toward a libertarian philosophy." Libertarianism is hardly new, but its framework for liberty under law and economic progress makes it especially suited for the dynamic new era we are now entering. In the United States, the bureaucratic leviathan is newly threatened by a resurgence of the libertarian ideas upon which the country was founded. We are witnessing a breakdown of all the cherished beliefs of the welfare-warfare state. Americans have seen the failure of big government. Now, in the 1990s, we are ready to apply the lessons of this century to make the next one the century not of the state but of the free individual. David Boaz presents the essential guidebook to the libertarian perspective, detailing its roots, central tenets, solutions to contemporary policy dilemmas, and future in American politics. He confronts head-on the tough questions frequently posed to libertarians: What about inequality? Who protects the environment? What ties people together if they are essentially self-interested? A concluding section, "Are You a Libertarian?" gives readers a chance to explore the substance of their own beliefs. "Libertarianism" is must reading for understanding one of the most exciting and hopeful movements of our time.

Table of Contents

  1.  The Coming Libertarian Age                   1  (26)
2. The Roots of Libertarianism 27 (32)
3. What Rights Do We Have? 59 (35)
4. The Dignity of the Individual 94 (11)
5. Pluralism and Toleration 105(10)
6. Law and the Constitution 115(12)
7. Civil Society 127(21)
8. The Market Process 148(38)
9. What Big Government Is All About 186(24)
10. Contemporary Issues 210(46)
11. The Obsolete State 256(20)
12. The Libertarian Future 276(15)
Appendix: Are You A Libertarian? 291(4)
For Further Reading 295(6)
Acknowledgments 301(1)
Index 302