Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution

(Cato Institute, 2007)

Book Forum
February 15, 2007 12:00PM
Auditorium/Wintergarden
Featuring the author, Michael Tanner, Director of Health & Welfare Studies, Cato Institute; with comments by Daniel Casse, Senior director of the White House Writers Group and former special assistant to President Bush; and Dick Armey, Former House Majority Leader.
For conservatives generally and the Republican Party in particular, now is a time of intense soul-searching. More than a decade has passed since President Bill Clinton announced 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. In Leviathan on the Right, Michael Tanner says that behind this alarming trend stands the rise of a new brand of 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. Unless conservatives return to their small-government roots, Tanner warns, the electoral defeat of 2006 is just the beginning. Please join us for a lively discussion with distinguished commentators.