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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Boomer-cons: no friends of Liberty

...[T]oday the Republican Party represents a conservativism that "has more in common with Ted Kennedy than with Ronald Reagan," observes Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute, in his depressing but utterly convincing new book, Leviathan on the Right. The Bush administration, in partnership with the Republican Congress, has been so effective in growing government that last November more voters viewed the GOP than the Democrats as the party of Big Government. Of course, that judgment is a stretch, given staunch Democratic support for the welfare/warfare state (military spending is set to keep rising, despite the Democratic takeover of Congress, for instance). Nevertheless, the GOP, supported by its neocon cheerleaders, has gleefully abandoned any support for individual liberty, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. We are all statists now, to paraphrase Richard Nixon.

"Leviathan On the Right"

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