The Declaration of Independents by Nick Gillespie
How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America

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Everywhere in America, the forces of digitization, innovation, and personalization are expanding our options and bettering the way we live. Everywhere, that is, except in our politics. There we are held hostage to an eighteenth century system, dominated by two political parties whose ever-more-polarized rhetorical positions mask a mutual interest in maintaining a stranglehold on power.

The Declaration of Independents is a compelling and extremely entertaining manifesto on behalf of a system better suited to the future--one structured by the essential libertarian principles of free minds and free markets. Gillespie and Welch profile libertarian innovators, identify the villains propping up the ancien regime, and take aim at do-something government policies that hurt most of those they claim to protect. Their vision will resonate with a wide swath of frustrated citizens and young voters, born after the Cold War's end, to whom old tribal allegiances, prejudices, and hang-ups about everything from hearing a foreign language on the street to gay marriage to drug use simply do not make sense.

 

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Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch are the editors, respectively, of Reason.tv and Reason magazine. Gillespie writes often for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and is a regular guest on Fox News. Welch, author of McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times (where he used to work), the New York Post, Bloggingheads.tv, and talk radio around the country.
 
Published June 26, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 306 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Their conjecture that a “nongoverning minority of independents and disaffected party members who come together in swarms to push or block legislation … [is] the future of American public policy and elections” offers little hope or direction for responsible constitutional government.

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Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report , Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post , and similar online outlets are the wave of the future, Gillespie and Welch say.

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But it's hard to imagine how a bloc of independent voters can address the fundamental problems of lack of government accountability and restraint that lie at the heart of most of the issues they raise, including the government's bankruptcy and continuing out-of-control spending.

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Write the authors: “We are in fact living at the cusp of what can only be called the libertarian moment, the dawning not of some fabled, clichéd, and loosey-goosey Age of Aquarius but rather of a time of increasingly hyperindividualized, hyperexpanded choice over every aspect of our lives, fr...

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