The debt ceiling crisis is rightly sucking almost all of the oxygen in the arena of public debate. So it’s remarkable that The Washington Post’s George Will dedicated his Friday column to the Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch book, The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America.
(The Heartland Institute is hosting a “happy hour” with the authors in Chicago the evening of August 16. Register for that event here.)
But, come to think of it, the book could hardly be more timely. As Will notes:
“Declaration of Independents” is suitable reading for this summer of debt-ceiling debate, which has been a proxy for a bigger debate, which is about nothing less than this: What should be the nature of the American regime? America is moving in the libertarians’ direction not because they have won an argument but because government and the sectors it dominates have made themselves ludicrous. This has, however, opened minds to the libertarians’ argument.
The essence of which is the common-sensical principle that before government interferes with the freedom of the individual and of individuals making consensual transactions in markets, it ought to have a defensible reason for doing so. It usually does not.
See Gillespie talk about his book on “Red Eye” below, and we hope to see you at our happy hour with the authors on August 16.