Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Proposal for my Liberal Friends

With the most liberal President in my lifetime proposing policies which cause some to deem him a Socialist, and with a countervailing popular sentiment having arisen in the form of the Tea Parties, it seems that the people of the United States are engaging in a more substantive debate about the best principles for governing than at any time since the 1930s.

In celebration of this national debate, I offer a proposal to my more liberal friends: you read one book of my choosing, and I’ll read one book of your choosing, and then we’ll meet for beers and discussion.

The books I have chosen for your pleasure are one (or both) of the following: Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom or Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. No cheating, you’ve got to read every single page from beginning to end. No skimming just to get a feel for it. You’ll notice that I’ve included a novel among the choices (making no representation about the quality of Rand’s prose), although I am quite willing to wade through an excruciating tome on Economics if that is most appropriate.

The problem is, I have no idea what liberals consider to be the most compelling literary work to elucidate their modern ideal. Please help me out by suggesting works in the comments here or on my Facebook page. If it seems like there’s a consensus, I’ll read it.

Then, when I see you next, we can talk about it. I’ll buy the beer.