Monday, April 26, 2004

The New York Times Sunday Book Review > 'Alexander Hamilton': Rich Uncle of His Country: "Today our liberal/conservative debates tend to pit the advocates of government against the advocates of the market. Today our politics is dominated by rival strands of populism: the anticorporate populism of the Democrats and the anti-Washington populism of the Republicans. But Hamilton thought in entirely different categories. He argued that ''liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the abuses of power.'' He wanted a limited but energetic government that would open fields of enterprise and give new directions to popular passions."

David Brooks writes a great review of what sounds like a great book about a great man. Great. I think I've found my first beach book of the summer. I might lead off with The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, but that should be a quick read. I also want to get my hands on David Brooks' own upcoming text, On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, and Rudy Giuliani's Leadership. Why can't summer be longer?

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