9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 1999
For years I considered myself "kind of" republican on some issues and "sort of" democrat on other issues. Murray's book introduced me to a political doctrine that is built on the free market thinking of the conservative right and the individual liberties of the liberal left. The result is a philosophy that offers solutions to our Nation's problems that are both effective and profoundly simple.
Murray makes a compelling argument for why "less is actually more" when it comes to government size and influence. Some of the ideas seem a little radical until you consider the fact that the basic framework of Murray's proposals were created long ago by our founding Fathers. Of course, those guys were considered pretty radical too!
This book is an excellent introduction to America's fastest growing political philosophy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 1999
Mr. Murray gives an invigorating, precise blueprint for government in america. The book presents his argument(s) in a way that all can understand. He gave a clear alternative to the current "big goverment" Liberalism and dogma experienced today. From the first page all the way to the end, this book grabs you and makes you think about what government is like at this moment. It makes you think what government should be like. It's a no bones about it, elegant argument for less government. A return back to our classical liberal roots. This is Charles Murray at his best, but when is he ever not? This will change the way we look at politics in America today. It will be a major influence in the years to come, as the Libertarian movement gets in full swing. A model for the next century of America and her government. He puts himself on the map once again with this masterful interpretation of what government should, was, and will be again. TWO THUMBS UP!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2013
You may not agree with all the points Murray makes and this side of Libertarianism may not be exactly what you had in mind for the New World, but it makes a lot of good valid points.
If you're for Chance, Freedom and gov limitation, you'd sure want to read this book.
I didn't agree with all his views, but that's exactly what Libertarianism is about.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 1999
If you have questions about libertarianism, then get this book. It will answer your questions and explain how our society could thrive with less government.