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Monday, March 26, 2007

No Wonder 1994 Was the Revolution That Wasn't

I've never liked Newt Gingrich. Not because I disagree with him politically (although there's a lot to disagree with him on there) but because he's not a real revolutionary. Oh, he likes to overthrow things. Just to get himself and his friends in power. Or to be more polite, just for the fun of it. Everything he has ever said or written is about how to seize power, keep it, expand it, etc. Very little is about how to radically change our government, culture, etc. He's a rebel, but no revolutionary. Witness his list of books that he recommended to a group of Washington Post reporters and editors. Lots on politicians and how to seize political power. Nothing on what a free, just, prosperous society looks like and how to achieve it. No "On Liberty". No "Two Treatises of Government". No "Road to Serfdom", "A Vindication of Natural Society", or "The Wealth of Nations". Not a single book on economic theory, limited government, or individual rights.

If you're wondering, here's what I would have recommended to Washington Post reporters:

"Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt, "Capitalism and Freedom" and "Free to Choose" by Milton Friedman, "The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State, and other Essays" by Auberon Herbert, "Liberalism" by Ludwig von Mises, "The Fatal Conceit" by F.A. Hayek and, if I was feeling punchy, "No Treason" by Lysander Spooner.

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