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The Age of Abundance by Brink Lindsey
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Nov 17, 09

Read in November, 2009

Just a fabulous, fabulous book. The main thesis is that the same prosperity that freedom has brought enables both the left and the right to seek to eliminate freedom.

Money quote: "As a result, Americans of predominantly liberal disposition—which, these days, means the majority who are comfortable with the prevailing libertarian synthesis—are left to choose which illiberal bedfellows they dislike least. Those who are most repelled by the left’s collectivism and antipathy to middle-class values drift rightward; those who cannot stomach the religious right drift to the left. People with equal hostility to both ideological flanks are stranded in the political wilderness."
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