Barry Goldwater wrote in The Conscience of a Conservative, “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom.” The book sold more than three million copies, a surprise bestselling political book. His failed 1964 run for President fared poorly, but he brought together a coalition credited with electing Ronald Reagan in 1980. This forum explores Goldwater’s life, ideas and political legacy. Cato Institute Executive Vice President David Boaz gave introductory remarks.
(See the full event: Barry Goldwater: Life, Liberty, and Legacy.)