Hailed at his passing as “the most successful one-term president in the nation’s history,” George H.W. Bush has a far better claim to being the most destructive.
To discover everything wrong with the Gipper, we have to challenge myths from all sides.
“The Clark campaign brought libertarianism to nationwide public attention on a scale…considered impossible by almost everyone only four years ago.”
“If Ronald Reagan is the knight of modern conservatism, [it’s] time someone pointed out that the armor is tarnished, the joints creaking, and the sword dulled.”
“Only one serious, major candidate for President in this election year…is also unequivocally in favor of total marijuana decriminalization.”
“Unless something unforeseen happens, Reagan will probably remain committed at least to the Kemp-Roth program.”
“Both in the realm of intellectual leadership and political action, conservatives prove themselves corruptible.”
Palmer “went to New York…to set up a table for the Young Libertarian Alliance, hoping to find some sparks…that might be fanned into flames.” No dice.
“We alone have the wisdom and honesty to…declare that the only way to reduce the size of government is to cut back on its functions.”
Libertarianism, says Hess, is anti-political because it seeks to dismantle state control.
Friedrich A. Hayek was a Nobel Laureate economist. He contributed to our understanding of free market economies and free societies generally.
As a Swedish diplomat in Hungary, Raoul Wallenberg saved nearly 100,000 lives from execution by the Nazis.
Rose Wilder Lane, journalist and author, was one of the founding mothers of modern American libertarianism.
Boaz acknowledges that America is in no golden age of liberty, but adds that freedom is on a perpetual march forward.
Moore reflects on his former teacher, Julian L. Simon, whose theories, though widely derided during his lifetime, have been vindicated posthumously.
Hentoff decrys that the growing lack of understanding among Americans with regards to the First Amendment leads to the abuse of rights.