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Overreaching Government "Enables" Culture Warriors

Roger D Barris | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Roger D Barris

Since having sex is neither random nor (typically) undesirable, nor are the costs of contraception that significant, it cannot be "insured."

Rand Paul Went On The Offensive, Reshaped The Debate And Had His Strongest Performance Yet

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

Love him or hate him, few people until recently would deny that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has a unique brand as an independent, libertarian-leaning Repu...

Was the First Gay Rights Movement Run By Nazis?

James Peron | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Scott Lively, an infamous fundamentalist bigot, is one of those obsessed with hating gays. He has gone so far as to twist history in an attempt to prove, in long, tedious manuscripts, that Nazism was a homosexual movement and that gays were responsible for the Holocaust.

Threatening Libertarianism

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

One of my favorite interviews -- and certainly one of the most important for the future of our country -- is my first with Jeffrey Tucker. If you are of a pro-liberty persuasion, in particular, I invite you to make a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy this very incisive discussion.

Who Is Ayn Rand Paul Ryan?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The so-called "Libertarian" battle cry of "liberty" and "freedom" through "personal responsibility" sounds wonderful on the surface, but we have to ask ourselves as individuals and as a nation, what do they really mean by and what are the costs of this alleged "liberty" and "freedom"?

The Man Who Coined the Term "Homosexual"

James Peron | Posted 09.16.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Kertbeny's role in fighting for gay rights is rarely mentioned. His one lasting legacy was that he was the man who invented homosexuality, or to be more precise, the one who coined the terms "homosexual" and "heterosexual."

Why Does Everyone Hate Libertarians?

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Druce Vertes, CFA

We need libertarians to defend freedom. They should be constructive in their skepticism of anything that threatens liberty, whether it's government or private interests, and mindful of the tradeoffs. There aren't enough libertarians like that.

Rand Paul Lite

Politico | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

Rand Paul used to be libertarian. Now he describes himself as “libertarian-ish.” It’s a slight distinction, but an important one. ...

Libertarians and the Struggle for Women's Rights

David Boaz | Posted 05.23.2015 | Women
David Boaz

March is Women's History Month, which reminds me of the role women played in launching the libertarian movement and the role that women with libertarian values have played in advancing women's rights.

There Is Nothing Libertarian About Conservatives

James Peron | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
James Peron

Modern conservatism is inherently big-government oriented. If you want to police the world, as well as every uterus, marriage and bedroom in the country, you have to spend money. Big government is inherent in the conservative agenda.

Iowa GOP Lawmaker: Rick Perry's Involvement With Bakken Fracked Oil Pipeline 'A Bad Idea'

Steve Horn | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Everyday Iowa voters are less likely to caucus for former Texas governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry "because of his involvement" with a controversial oil pipeline proposal, according to an influential state lawmaker who has made eminent domain one of his signature issues in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Shaking Up Politics in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
John Feffer

In 2011 the Palikot movement, which championed libertarian positions in favor of legalizing marijuana, supporting LGBT rights, and reducing the influence of the church in the secular sphere, surprised everyone by catapulting into parliament with 10 percent of the vote. Long-time feminist activist Wanda Nowicka ran on the Palikot ticket in 2011 and won a seat.

The Problem With Restroom Libertarianism

Paul Schmitz | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Paul Schmitz

While I sympathize with the belief that we have too many rules and regulations that micro-manage citizens and businesses with little benefit to the public good, I've never been able to get on board with libertarianism.

Black History Is American History

David Boaz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
David Boaz

Black history is American history, a story of oppression and liberation rooted in the libertarian idea of individual rights.

Bad-Boy Scientism

Pete Shanks | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Pete Shanks

Austen Heinz of Cambrian Genomics has been trolling hard lately. That is, he's been spouting provocative opinions to get attention. And it seems to be working, from his point of view.

Nathaniel Branden 1930-2014

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
James Peron

One of the most fascinating, and perhaps controversial figures, of modern America, Nathaniel Branden, died this morning in Los Angeles after a long illness. Dr. Branden was 84.

Nobody Really Believes in Free Markets

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Keith M. Parsons

Greater goods therefore sometimes trump property rights. Everyone knows this. Nobody really believes in free markets. Why, then, can be wrong with regulating the means that may be used to maximize profit?

What Do Libertarians Think of President Obama's Immigration Plan?

John A. Tures | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's becoming clear to political observers that libertarians are emerging as a key swing vote, if not an official party. Republicans may have won a number of close races by appealing to these libertarians, so their views on policy cannot be ignored.

Republicans Won't 'Go Libertarian' -- Here's Why

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The questionable premise, forwarded most recently by Robert Draper and Emily Ekins, is that the Republican Party could sweep up millennials, who are "socially liberal" and "economically conservative," by adopting a more libertarian message.

The Lament of the Conservative Left

James Peron | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Socialism embraced some liberal goals but wanted to offer the security of the old order where disturbing social change was minimized and what change was allowed was carefully controlled.

Why Conservatives Should Want to End the Drug War

James Carli | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
James Carli

Drug policy reform is an issue that conservatives should rally behind. There are three overwhelming and compelling reasons why this is so.

Guns, Cars and Too Much Liberty

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

As someone who has now personally experienced a tragic, unnecessary death, I worry that the banner of libertarianism too often drowns out rational, middle-of-the road approaches to genuine harms. It is hard to imagine anyone who has lost a relative or dear friend in such a manner to see such innocent deaths as the price of doing business. Indeed, it is downright chilling to suggest this.

Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Libertarianism and transhumanism have too many deep philosophical principles in common to not grow and evolve together. The all-important role of personal freedom makes the two ideologies a natural fit for one another.

Why Arizona "Religious Freedom" Movement Should Concern Rand Paul and the GOP

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Paul owns his own brand of political libertarianism that does not fit neatly into the GOP status quo.

A Field Guide to Libertarianism

Steven Conn | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

The event might have had a Daniel in the lion's den flavor to it: Tea Party darling goes to the most liberal campus in America to be heckled and scorned. But when Paul started to denounce the NSA's omnipresent surveillance regime, he was greeted with cheers and applause.