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Your answers call for a bit more economic liberty, but somewhat more active government in other areas. You are most likely a Republican, though you might wince at some of the more extreme elements in the Republican Party at times.

Political Parties

Political parties, campaigns, and related links of interest for those who lean conservative.

The Republican Party

And be sure to read the Republican Party Platform.

The American Solidarity Party is a Christian Democratic party which is pro life across the board. They call for generous welfare benefits funded by ground rents, and for backing off of some of the more punitive aspects of our justice system. But unlike most left wing parties, they would make abortion illegal and support religious freedom even outside church buildings.

The Constitution Party

See also the Constitution Party platform.

The Good Government Reading List

Regardless of your core political values, this list of books on law, economics, politics, and social problems should add useful items to your mental toolset.

Click on an image to go to the Amazon order page. Note that the latest versions of these works may differ in cover from the images, as many of the images are pics of my personal copies.

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This is a short list. I have more recommendations on economics, law and political philosophy, and mass domination for those who are interested. (The linked pages include reviews of my recommended readings.)


Economics

Some light reading on economics and government.

Marginal Revolution

Think economics is just about predicting interest rates? Think again! Marginal Revolution is a very interesting economics blog written by professors at George Mason University.

Free Money for All Would you like to fire a hundred thousand bureaucrats? Would you like to do something about the hoards of illegal immigrants? Would you like to restore federalism and bring most domestic government back down to the state level? Then replace the federal welfare state with free money for all U.S. citizens. As a bonus, you'll make marriage economically worthwhile for the poor again.


News and Political Ideas

Some of the most intelligent conservative opinion pieces can be found in financial publications, such as Forbes.

Old fashioned conservativism.

Cato Institute Individual Liberty, Limited Government, Free Markets, and Peace. Good research site.

Law of Liberty From your answers it appears you believe that government should be involved in enforcing some aspects of personal morality. If you think that such enforcement should be based on Christian (or Jewish) principles, you should find these articles of interest.

The Law of Liberty takes an in depth look at which aspects of personal morality were enforced in Old Testament Israel, and which were not. There was indeed morality enforcement (and how!) but the morals enforced were quite different from those enforced in the U.S. of the current era. In many areas, the Law of Moses was more libertarian than current U.S. law.

The Power of Mercy

The Power of Mercy continues this analysis by looking at the New Testament. Which laws of the Old Testament should Christians obey today? Which should they enforce on others through the might of the state? The answers may surprise you.

God's Welfare System

If you are tired of the expense, bureaucracy and subsidized immorality of the current welfare state, check out God's Welfare System. This article shows shows how the poor were supposed to be taken care of during Old Testament times. Many of the ideas are useful to this day, ideas on how to help the poor without subsidizing irresponsibility.

Utopias and Dystopias

Just what is the optimal type of government? If government should be big, what should it do and who should run it? If government should be small or nonexistent, what should take its place? Should we embrace The Singularity or should we retreat back to Ecotopia? Is democracy optimal, or should we go back to monarchy? Maybe we should just let the mafia run things...

Sometimes the best way to explore these questions is to run a mental simulation through fiction. And so writers have promoted their ideas in utopian fiction and blasted ideas they disliked in dystopian fiction.

Here is an eclectic list of some of my favorites. You will find dystopias with runaway government which makes you long for liberty, and runaway corporations which make you long for more government. There are hippytopias and conservative Christian utopias. There are stealth utopian works disguised as comedies and even a crime novel. And there are few which are ambiguous as to whether they are utopian or dystopian works.

Not included here are the usual suspects. For the most part I have also omitted overly preachy works; I made a very few exceptions because the utopias described were just so different as to make the works interesting on that count. The rest stand on the merits of their interesting plots. Enjoy.

This is the short list. For more, with reviews, see: