The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, by Reason's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, will be published by Public Affairs on June 28.
Pre-order your copy now of this season's only political manifesto that name-checks the shock-rock band GWAR's album This Toilet Earth; argues that the survivors will envy the dead in a world where the choices are John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi; and embraces gay marriage, drug legalization, open borders, and casual Fridays.
Written with an engaging touch, The Declaration of Independents puts the pursuit of happiness at the center of a 21st-century American dream while providing an idealistic yet pragmatic blueprint for a country that is tired of debt, recession, and war.
Read this book to learn why:
- Political independents are the largest voting bloc in America and will determine the 2012 election—and whether the country goes belly up.
- We need independence not just in politics, but from politics. We can't pursue happiness if our federal, state, and local governments are bankrupt—and controlling every aspect of our lives.
- Innovators in everything from air travel to craft beer to pop music show how individuals can be trusted to come up with exciting and fun new ways of radically improving living standards.
- The three areas of our lives most controlled by politics—education, health care, and retirement—are the most broken, and can't be fixed simply by spending more money and exerting more top-down control.
- Our potential future is so bright we'll have to wear shades. But it can only happen if we make it happen by banishing politics from the center of our lives and replacing them with the pursuit of happiness, not cheap partisan advantage.
Nick Gillespie is the editor in chief of the websites Reason.com and Reason.tv and Matt Welch heads up the print edition of Reason, which since 1968 has been a "kick-ass, no-holds-barred political magazine" (New York Post) whose "refusal to carry water for the Republicans and Democrats is deeply refreshing in this age of partisan bickering" (Folio).