Reason's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch will discuss their new book, The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, at the Cato Institute on Thursday, June 30, at 4pm. A reception will follow.
Declaration argues that the forces innovation and personalization are expanding our options and bettering the way we live. Everywhere, that is, except in our politics. Using case studies ranging from airline deregulation to the role of rock music in undermining authoritarian regimes to the profusion of Pop Tart flavors, the book explores how democratization and decentralization of power have allowed us to express ourselves more fully in the home, workplace, and broader culture. And it shows how to bring those same forces to bear on the parts of our lives such as education, health care, and retirement planning that are still dominated by politics.
Called a "an important book and a lively read" (Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner) and "the up-to-date statement on libertarianism" (Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution), The Declaration is a political manifesto that hopes to squeeze politics down the smallest role possible. Even if we live to be 200 years old - here's hoping - time is too short to waste worrying about whether Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner is Speaker of the House.
What: Book Forum at the Cato Institute for The Declaration of Independents. Followed by a reception
Where: The Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC
When: Thursday, June 30, 4pm