How big-government conservatism brought down the republican revolution
For conservatives generally and the Republican Party in particular, now is a time of intense soul searching. For the first time in a dozen years, Republicans have lost control of Congress. As a result, they are being forced to re-examine who they are and what they stand for.
It’s about time says Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute. It’s more than a decade since Bill Clinton proclaimed 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 breed of big government 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 fuelled 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.
Leviathan on the Right is a clear warning that, unless conservatives return to their small-government roots, the electoral defeat of 2006 is just beginning.
“Leviathan on the Right” is a rational and in-depth look at the evolution of the Republican Party and government expansion. Tanner shines a badly needed spotlight on the Republican Party’s departure from true conservative ideals. This is a must-read for anyone who truly believes that less government is better government. Rep Mike Pence
Published by the Cato Institute
2007, ISBN 978 1 933995 00 7, 320pp, HB