"David Boaz has been my guide to the history, economics, and
politics of freedom for years."
-John Stossel, ABC News
"Sick of the constant bickering between liberals and conservatives?
So is David Boaz, who argues in this refreshing take on American
politics that labels can be misleading. What, he asks, is the
difference between 'big-government liberals' and 'big-government
conservatives'? Not much, by his reckoning. The antidote is
libertarianism, according to Boaz, embraced intuitively by at least
40 percent of the American people. It is, in a nutshell, a blend of
fiscal conservatism and social liberalism."
-Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
"Boaz is one of the media's primary go-to guys on libertarian
thought and policy. And in his new book, Boaz pushes an interesting
and counterintuitive belief about American politics. The political
spectrum, he argues, contains a lot more libertarians than the two
major party's stances would lead you to believe. Whatever the
near-term prospects for libertarian political victories, "Politics
of Freedom" reminds you of the service libertarians provide to
public discourse: They can point out the hypocrisy, power grabs,
hubris and counterproductive folly issuing from Washington under
either political brand name since they are beholden to
-Brian Doherty, New York Post
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"Here many pieces from publications such as the New York
Times and the Wall Street Journal reappear as sharp
libertarian thinking au courant on today's political firing
-William H. Peterson, Washington
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"David Boaz has been providing a pro-liberty alternative for years
in op-eds for various newspapers magazine articles and commentaries
and studies for Cato publications. His new book collects some of
the best of these efforts. His writing is unfailingly gentle and
civil, deeply informed and fair even to his most virulent
adversaries. Boaz is especially strong at identifying the
hypocrisies and inconsistencies of those we tend to place on either
the right or the left."
-Alan Bock, Orange County Register
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"David Boaz has long been one of the nation's most stalwart and
intellectually consistent advocates of individual liberty. At a
time when our freedoms are under relentless assault from those who
seek to use government to control every aspect of our lives, Boaz's
collection of writings offers an invaluable tool to defend against
these incursions. The central promise of the American founding was
individual liberty, and Boaz's essays are grounded in this
commitment and dedicated to its preservation."
-Glenn Greenwald, Author of How Would A Patriot
"David Boaz wrote the book on libertarianism. With The Politics
of Freedom David takes on the modern-day welfare state, and
the reader learns why it's now the Democrats' turn to
self-destruct. A great read for everyone who is perpetually
disenchanted with politics as usual."
-Vernon L. Smith, Winner of The Nobel Prize in
""There is a certain kind of thinker who is proud of 'Speaking
Truth to Power,' as if America were a police state. In our country
the truth is there for all to see, speech is free, and, as for
power, we're a democracy. Power resides with the public. Therefore
'Speaking Truth to Power' is just telling ourselves what we already
know. Give me, instead, a thinker who speaks sense to the
citizenry. That would be David Boaz. His arguments are intelligent,
cogent, and persuasive. He praises the genuine progress in freedom
and reviles the false progressiveness. He raises real problems and
sets down actual solutions. Of truth to power, speak all you like.
But when it comes time to listen, listen to David Boaz."
-P. J. O'Rourke, Author of On The Wealth of
Nations and Parliament of Whores
"Is it any wonder that Americans have become so dissatisfied with
government today? Politicians have given us rampant violations of
our constitutional rights and growing intrusions into our personal
lives. Now one of the nation's leading libertarians raises the
issues that are vital to the preservation of our individual
liberties as Americans."
-Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties
"If you are interested in why the roots of American freedom
conflict so greatly with the American political scene of today,
open this book and read."
"No one during the past quarter century has offered more upbeat,
more lucid, and, at the same time, more uncompromising and
intellectually satisfying arguments for freedom across the board
than has David Boaz. His writing combines logical rigor, knowledge,
insight, and accessibility. David writes for those who really want
to 'get it.' He writes for those who want to be able to do more
than mouth slogans. This book is for those who want to understand
the workings of our political system and the threats to freedom
from left and right."
-Donald J. Boudreaux, Chairman, Department of Economics,
George Mason University