Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brough Down the Republican Revolution

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Cato Institute, Feb 16, 2007 - Political Science - 322 pages
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For conservatives generally and the Republican Party in particular, 2006 was a time of intense soul-searching. For the first time in a dozen years, Republicans lost control of Congress. As a result, they are being forced to reexamine who they are and what they stand for. It’s about time. After all, more than a decade has passed since President Bill Clinton announced in his State of the Union address that “the era of big government is over.” Yet, since then, government has grown far bigger and far more intrusive. It spends more, regulates us more, and reaches far more into our daily lives than it did before the Republican Revolution. Behind this alarming trend stands the rise of a new brand of conservatism—one that believes big government can be used for conservative ends. It is a conservatism that ridicules F. A. Hayek and Barry Goldwater while embracing Teddy and even Franklin Roosevelt. It has more in common with Ted Kennedy than with Ronald Reagan.

Leviathan on the Right provides an incisive analysis of the roots and core beliefs of big-government conservatism and the major currents that fueled its growth—neoconservatism, the Religious Right, supply-side economics, national greatness conservatism, and Newt Gingrich–style technophilia—and offers a detailed critique of its policies on a wide range of issues. The book contains a clear warning that, unless conservatives return to their small-government roots, the electoral defeat of 2006 is just the beginning.

 

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Contents

It Isnt Just for Liberals Anymore
3
2 The Roots of BigGovernment Conservatism
19
3 Proving Lord Acton Correct
61
BIGGOVERNMENT CONSERVATISM IN ACTION
75
4 Learning to Love the Welfare State
77
5 National Health Care Lite
99
6 Blinking at the Entitlements Crisis
119
7 Spending like Drunken Democrats
139
10 National Busybodies
197
DEFINING THE FUTURE
205
11 The SmallGovernment Alternative
207
12 The Coming Debate
229
Notes
235
Index
301
About the Author
323
Cato Institute
326

8 A National School Board
165
9 Power to the President
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Michael Tanner is director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, co-editor of Replacing Obamacare, author of The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society, and co-author of Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Set It Free.

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