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What It Means to Be a Libertarian by Charles Murray
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Nov 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: libertarian, political-science, philosophy, current-affairs
Read in October, 1997

Charles Murray's short book on libertarian is a personal synopsis or, better yet, a precis of the libertarian experience. It is divided into three sections: 1) "The Framework" where he describes the principles of limited government - its purposes and constituent make up; 2) "How Would It Work?" being a more practical commentary on how citizens could manage their personal and public affairs under limited government; and, 3)"Is It Possible?" considering the circumstances under which we might return to limited government. The last being a hopeful discussion of change that is necessary both in 1997 and now. As with all good short introductions to an important subject this book encourages the reader to explore further and deeper into the issues discussed and provides an excellent summary of sources both for principles and practical applications. Charles Murray is always worth reading and never has been more thoughtful than in this personal approach to the Libertarian life.
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