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Matt Welch and I published The Declaration of Independents, which was praised by George Will and others and led to the interview with Brian Lamb at the bottom of this post.
At one point, the C-SPAN founder asked me about this quote from the book:
"In a world where our choices are limited to John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, the survivors envy the dead."
"What do you mean by that," Lamb asked. My reply, in part:
"Throughout virtually every aspect of our lives, we're seeing greater individualization, personalization, and greater ability to mongrelize and hybridize our lives, our enjoyments, our very identities. And yet in politics, we're still stuck between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's the Wolfman versus Frankenstein. [Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner] are proxies, shorthand for the incredibly narrow range of choices that we actually have in our [political lives]."
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Here's the full interview with Lamb, which includes a discussion of what we're doing at Reason and Reason.tv: