By Michael D. Tanner
For conservatives regularly and the Republican social gathering in specific, now's a time of severe soul-searching. For the 1st time in a dozen years, Republicans have misplaced regulate of Congress. therefore, they are being pressured to reexamine who they're and what they stand for.
It's approximately time. in any case, greater than a decade has handed due to the fact that President invoice Clinton introduced in his country of the Union tackle that ''the period of tremendous executive is over.'' but, considering that then, govt has grown a long way larger and much extra intrusive. It spends extra, regulates us extra, and reaches some distance extra into our day-by-day lives than it did prior to the Republican Revolution. in the back of this alarming pattern stands the increase of a brand new model of conservatism--one that believes monstrous executive can be utilized for conservative ends. it's a conservatism that ridicules F. A. Hayek and Barry Goldwater whereas embracing Teddy or even Franklin Roosevelt. It has extra in universal with Ted Kennedy than with Ronald Reagan.
Leviathan at the Righ t offers an incisive research of the roots and center ideals of big-government conservatism and the most important currents that fueled its growth--neoconservatism, the non secular correct, supply-side economics, nationwide greatness conservatism, and Newt Gingrich-style technophilia--and bargains a close critique of its regulations on a large diversity of concerns.
The publication incorporates a transparent caution that, except conservatives go back to their small-government roots, the electoral defeat of 2006 is simply the starting.
Leviathan at the correct is the recipient of the Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty.
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Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservativism Brought Down the Republican Revolution by Michael D. Tanner