Heartland Events

The Declaration of Independents: A 'Heartland Happy Hour' with Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch

Jak's Tap
901 W. Jackson
Chicago, Illinois 60607
August 16, 2011, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Reason Foundation fellows discussed the most
dangerous political book of the year,
'The Declaration of Independents,'

This provocative new book by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch of the Reason Foundation explains how libertarian politics can fix what's wrong with America. Everywhere in the United States, the forces of digitization, innovation, and personalization are expanding our options and bettering the way we live. Everywhere, that is, except in our politics. There we are held hostage to an eighteenth century system, dominated by two political parties whose ever-more-polarized rhetorical positions mask a mutual interest in maintaining a stranglehold on power.

The Declaration of Independents is a compelling and extremely entertaining manifesto on behalf of a system better suited to the future — one structured by the essential libertarian principles of free minds and free markets. Gillespie and Welch profile libertarian innovators, identify the villains propping up the ancien regime, and take aim at do-something government policies that hurt most of those they claim to protect.

Their vision will resonate with a wide swath of frustrated citizens and young voters, born after the Cold War's end, to whom old tribal allegiances, prejudices, and hang-ups about everything from hearing a foreign language on the street to gay marriage to drug use simply do not make sense.

Thanks for joining us at Jak's Tap in Chicago to talk with the authors over pizza and drinks.