Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Small-Government Conservatism in a Nutshell

Andrew Sullivan on Charles Murray's new book, In Our Hands, which proposes replacing the welfare state with a $10,000-a-year payment to qualifying Americans:

Charles essentially bifurcates the conservative insight into two arguments. The first is that government's obligations be as limited as possible. The second is that where government is inescapably embedded in our lives, it place as many decisions and choices in the hands of citizen/consumers as possible -- and out of the hands of bureaucrats and planners.

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