The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future By Arthur C. Brooks (Basic Books, 163 pages, $23.95) The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, war weariness, Republican sleaze and in-eptitude, a magnetic Democratic presidential candidate, a supine press: all of these aligned in 2008 to bring the […]
Brian C. Anderson
Brian C. Anderson is editor of City Journal, and author of A Manifesto for Media Freedom (with Adam Theirer), Democratic Capitalism and Its Discontents, and South Park Conservatives, among other works. He writes often for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. This essay is the eighth in a ten-part series being published in successive issues of The American Spectator under the general title, “The Future of Individual Liberty: Elevating the Human Condition and Overcoming the Challenges to Free Societies.” The series is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this series are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.
“Civilization as we know it is inseparable from urban life,” wrote Friedrich Hayek in his classic study The Constitution of Liberty, and by civilization he meant the Western kind. The Austrian economist viewed the city as the source of the West’s dynamic, world-transforming science, culture, and prosperity. The “bourgeois” values of civility and urbanity are […]