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The Politics of Freedom: Taking on the Left, the Right, and Threats to Our Liberties

Thursday March 2008


David Boaz Executive Vice President, Cato Institute

As Americans head into a crucial election year, pundits are coloring everything in red and blue. But according to David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, the old labels of left and right don’t tell us much any more. What we are witnessing, he believes, is a contest of “Big-Government Conservatives” vs. “Big-Government Liberals.” The Politics of Freedom argues for a different path, offering fresh and often surprising views on topics ranging from immigration to gay marriage, the war on drugs to anti-smoking legislation, and school choice to public funding for the arts. For the millions of Americans who don’t neatly fit into the red or blue categories, who are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, who reject big-government conservatism and nanny-state liberalism, this new book, and Boaz’s presentation of it, will be of great interest.