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Libertarianism, Rightly Conceived

Trevor Burrus | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Trevor Burrus

At bottom, what ties libertarians together is the notion of a "presumption of liberty" -- that state action needs justification, not human freedom. This idea is far from controversial and, in fact, it is the founding principle of the modern liberal state.

Saki Knafo

Could Voter Dissatisfaction Pave The Way For A Third-Party Candidate? | Saki Knafo | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Gary Johnson, once the Republican governor of New Mexico, is now campaigning for the Libertarian Party's nomination for president. Ron Paul is still r...

GOP Candidate: 'I Feel Abandoned By The Republican Party'

Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson says that he's seriously considering running for president in 2012 as a Libertarian. "I feel abandoned by the R...

A Consideration of the Libertarian Party Platform: Part 1

Alan Krinsky | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

As a Libertarian-turned-Progressive, I nevertheless remain intrigued by Libertarian philosophy. Therefore, I thought it might be of some value to undertake a serious consideration and analysis of Libertarian principles.

Springerized America: How Reality & Tabloid TV Corrupts Our Politics & Media

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Ross

Reality and tabloid television are a social virus that has infected the American body politic. In the 1980s, "I'm with Stupid" was a put-down. In 20...

Is America About To Reach A Third Party Tipping Point?

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

Our country needs a third political party based on the explicit rejection of lobbyist money as its fundamental, unwavering principle.

Throw the Bums In!

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

When the economy stinks, and CEOs are getting millions in bonuses for firing enough of you, and you can't toss GE's Jeffrey Immelt out on his ear, but...

Our Problems Unite Us, Our Perspectives Divide US

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The only bipartisanship there seems to be in the capitol is that deficit spending is a dire threat. The exact opposite of what non push polling reveals of what the public thinks.

Understanding Americus Libertarius (Libertarians)

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

My interactions with libertarians have revealed them to be intelligent, engaged, and persuasive in their arguments. At the same time, libertarians raise questions about certain other qualities.

Libertarian For Governor Says Civil Rights Act Is Illegal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, third party candidates in both the race for Illinois governor and the race for President Obama's former Senate seat filed their petitions, ...

Why Libertarians (and Rand Paul) Are Wrong About the Civil Rights Act

Stephen Menendian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Menendian

Discrimination isn't about economic efficiency; it's about morality, fairness, and a basic conception of equality; it's about justice.

Red State Anxiety and The Constitution

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Red States, apparently, do not understand that the further out onto the ice of constitutional education they skate, the thinner the ice becomes for the ideology of conservatism.

The Orphan Of The American Political Spectrum

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Maines

Were one to design a political philosophy calculated to appeal to large numbers of "conservatives" and "liberals," it might look very much like contemporary libertarianism.

Repealing DOMA Will Ease the Warren Sting

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell has been floated as one opportunity for Obama, but I encourage the new President to try frying a bigger fish -- the Defense of Marriage Act.

Defending Liberty: How to Shift the Center

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

While Obama has supported many LGBT rights in the past and favors secular civil unions as a solution to the inequality currently imposed, he has stopped short of calling for full marriage equality.

Did John McCain Lose Arizona?

Denis Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Denis Campbell

We still do not have a final Presidential result in the state of Missouri, 14 days after the election. As was shown time and again this election, our nation's voting systems are badly broken.

The Liberal Case for Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

Barack Obama is going to win the presidency. But this is no cause for complacency for anyone concerned about American liberty and America's place in the world.

We Told You So: Government Spying Has Been Targeting Innocent Citizens, not Terrorists

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

The Bush administration told us that the government had to engage in warrantless surveillance to stop terrorists from attacking America. Administrati...

Alternative Voice Needed in Final Debate

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

There is one more debate scheduled, and it desperately needs another voice: An alternative candidate to challenge the false, but shared, assumptions of Senators Obama and McCain.

Congress Must Address Overall Broader Budget Crisis

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

Congress should reject the bailout, and then get busy cutting spending elsewhere. We need a president willing to reconsider every spending program and challenge every special interest.

The 'Bailout From Hell' Must be Rejected

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

The bailout allows the Secretary of the Treasury to become an economic dictator, empowered to re-engineer the economy as he sees fit. These powers fit Kim Jong-il's North Korea, not the American republic.

Competition is Central to Genuine Democracy

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

Republicans and Democrats lock arms against everyone else -- they are dedicated to preserving the two-party control and avoiding a competition of ideas.

Federal Drug War Rethought

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

My change in perspective might shock some people, but leadership requires a willingness to assess evidence and recognize when a strategy is not working.

Sarah Palin: You're No Dan Quayle -- and That's Not a Compliment!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

John McCain sold his soul in the bleakest of hopes that he could convert angry Hillary voters to his cause.

Libertarian Candidate Bob Barr: A Day Late And A Few Million Short

Judah Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judah Freed

I favor libertarian stands on civil liberties and limited government, so I eagerly read the Libertarian Party emails. Yet I base my view of reality on logic and evidence. Sadly, I'm not seeing much of either from the Barr campaign.