Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Libertarian Synthesis


From the book "The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America's Politics and Culture" by Brink Lindsey
What has emerged, then, in the broad center of American public opinion is a kind of implicit libertarian synthesis, one which reaffirms the core disciplines that underlie and sustain the modern lifestyle while making much greater allowances for variations within that lifestyle. Though reasonably coherent and sturdy, it remains implicit because it cuts across the ideological lines of left and right that still dominate the definition of cultural and political allegiances and discourse. Lacking affirmative articulation as a mainstream public philosophy in its own right, the libertarian synthesis operates as a largely unspoken modus vivendi, a compromise between the overreaching of the left and right’s conflicting half-truths.

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Webiste: Brink Lindsey

Excerpt: Read the introduction to the book.


"Good News" By John Stossel, July 25, 2007