Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Declaration of Independents (the book)

The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics can fix what's wrong with America

by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch
Publisher: Public Affairs (June 2011)
hardcover:  ISBN-10: 1586489380
kindle version:  ASIN: B0080K3TRI

Available at Amazon 

If you are one of those folks who yearns to turn off the TV every time a news bulletin comes on, who cringes whenever there's a political ad, who gets depressed when elected officials can't make decisions because they're mired in bipolar partisan politics, and you've come to believe politics is playing too big a role in our lives, this may be the book for you.

While there are a great many books out there these days dedicated to the advancement of liberal, or conservative, or Democratic or Republican views (which I don't review), few books that talk about policy or government do what "The Declaration of Independence" does -- focus on the great many people in this country who have declared "a pox on both their houses" and either refuse to get involved in civic life at all, join a third party, or become unaffiliated.

The authors do an excellent job of describing the current party hyper-competitiveness and how it leads to governance that can be, to put it kindly, little short of dangerous to the rights and liberties of the American people.