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Libertarian Party

Why Libertarian In 2016? An Interview With Thomas Simmons

Jed Ryan | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Jed Ryan

It's easy to forget that there are more than just two political parties in the United States. The Libertarian Party, officially formed in 1971, is the third largest nationally organized political party.

A Danube View of the Upcoming American Election

Jon Van Til | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Jon Van Til

It was our regular coffee house meeting in Budapest, this time over lunch at Angelika. Beyond our table, the Danube flowed on uncomplainingly.

Could 2016 be the Libertarian Party's Year? Only if They Don't Fight Themselves

Travis Irvine | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Travis Irvine

After a raucous national convention in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend, the country's third largest political party chose the first nominees of 2016: former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will run for president with the Libertarian Party as he did in 2012.

The Libertarian Party Barely Takes Itself Seriously. Why Should We?

The Huffington Post | Eliot Nelson | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As Libertarian Party officials converged on the Rosen Centre Hotel this past weekend to nominate former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson ...

NAKED AMBITION: Libertarian Candidate Strips On C-SPAN

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics

Here's something you don't see on C-SPAN every day. James Weeks, a candidate for chairman of the Libertarian Party, used his time at the podium durin...

Libertarian Party Picks Presidential Ticket

The Huffington Post | Eliot Nelson | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld secured the Libertarian Party's respective nominations...

The Libertarian Party Is In Turmoil Over VP Nominee

The Huffington Post | Eliot Nelson | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics

The Libertarian Party experienced a minor revolt at its biennial convention this weekend over concerns that its leading vice presidential candidate is...

A Johnson/Weld Ticket Could Make the Libertarian Party Viable

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

This is a once in a political lifetime chance for the Libertarians to present themselves as a viable and credible alternative to the electoral hegemony the Democrats and Republicans currently enjoy.

Avoid War and Don't Get Complacent About Liberty in America

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

So far, technology and science have not given us the hope that they will stop war. We must therefore be on our guard not to incite war--and not to pick leaders that have a propensity to lead us into armed conflict.

The Republican Schism

Kellen Abrams | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Kellen Abrams

I admit it is with a certain level of savage joy that I'm watching the Republican Party come apart at the seams. The reason I know this is because I get the same feelings every time I watch a Steph Curry highlight reel or rewatch Larry Wilmore's White House Correspondents Dinner Speech

The GOP Goes Full Authoritarian: Now the Real Libertarian Moment Can Begin

Robin Koerner | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The liberty movement has been trying to put a dent in the two-party system for decades. Well, folks, an authoritarian egomaniac has now done that work for you.

The Curious Case of William Coley

Nicholas Pierce | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Pierce

While I'll never consider myself a libertarian--I like public schools too much for that--I can get behind a person whose candidacy breaks down barriers and fosters understanding across political lines.

Meet The Third Party

The Huffington Post | Eliot Nelson | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

Does Donald Trump even lift, bro? That was the implied question behind Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's address to the Conservative ...

To Grow Third-Party Politics in America, Make John McAfee the Libertarian Party Nominee (Update)

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

From the author Zoltan Istvan (4/14/2016): A change of opinion about John McAfee has made me retract my endorsement of him as the best Libertarian Par...

Eliot Nelson

Gary Johnson Doesn't Hold Back At CPAC | Eliot Nelson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND -- Typically, when a politician meets a reporter for an interview, decorum dictates that said politician offer up a bland pl...

Illinois Libertarian Candidates Share Their Platforms

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.24.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

During the 2014 statewide elections, the eyes of most Illinoisans have been trained on the Republican and Democratic candidates for various state offices. But third-party candidates, members of the Libertarian Party, will also be included on Illinoisans' ballots Nov. 4.

Hawaii's 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Parties Bring It On!

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 11.08.2014 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

Well, at the risk of being called, "the Ralph Nader blogger of 2014", by the Democrats, I am going out on a limb here and saying, this could be, "The Year of the Multi-Party Government."

Rauner Camp Brings A Gun To A Petition Fight

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Friday, August 22 was a very bad day for GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner. He lost on two fronts.

Come As You Are

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Bizarrely, I found myself last weekend sharing a stage with Nirvana's bassist, Krist Novoselic, which, absent context, anyone who knew me when Nirvana was changing the musical world would say is just about the least likely thing that could ever happen to me.

The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In 1965, Carl Oglesby assumed leadership of the student-activist organization SDS. This change reflected what I believe was an ideological shift in America's left wing: from the East Coast intellectual tradition to the New Left emerging from the Midwest.

The Rise and Fall of the Nation's Largest Student Movement: the Students for Democratic Society

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Today, the student-activist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is being reactivated on college campuses around the country as the New SDS. Yet, how many of its new members are aware of SDS's complex past and the role of its legendary leader, Carl Oglesby?

Voter Suppression: Because if the Poor All Vote, They'll Vote the Bums Out

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Region III of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) convened in Columbus this week. A highlight of the event was the address by honored guest and keynote speaker, Ohio Senator, Nina Turner.

Republican Defeat in Virginia Well Earned

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Peron

The GOP didn't take over evangelicalism, the evangelicals took over the GOP, and it's been on a downward slope ever since.

Enough Left vs. Right Blame Game: Shutdown Was a Failure of Two-Party System

Travis Irvine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Travis Irvine

Any Republican or Democrat who replaces another Republican or Democrat will still be a Republican or Democrat and likely buckle to the Republican or Democrat establishment interests.

Economically Conservative Yet Socially Tolerant? Find Yourself on the Nolan Chart

Steve Mariotti | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Many young people I meet these days hold economic views that are pro-market and entrepreneurial. They also believe in social tolerance, and wonder where that places them politically. Are they Republicans? Democrats?