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Libertarianism

Krugman: 'Libertarian Populism' Is Bunk

The New York Times | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business

Have you heard about "libertarian populism" yet? If not, you will. It will surely be touted all over the airwaves and the opinion pages by the same ki...

Exploring Uncivil Liberties

Georgia Kelly | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Georgia Kelly

When does liberty become license? At what point does the free exercise of my rights trample on yours? What is the real meaning of terms like private property, civil society, the commons?

Original Tea Party Member: Religious, Political Right Killed The Movement

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

Phil Russo, a libertarian-leaning, self-described "Goldwater Republican," was one of the earliest supporters of the tea party. But now, in an op-ed pu...

It Wasn't David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Why is David Stockman driving everyone crazy? The shoot-the-messenger frenzy that has greeted Sunday's New York Times op-ed by Ronald Reagan's former budget director leaves one searching for the message that has so unhinged his critics.

Matt Sledge

You Won't Believe Which State Was Ranked 'Most Free'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Go West, young Rand. A new study released Thursday by a libertarian think tank ranks New York as the least free state, and the Dakotas, wh...

Do Libertarians Really Threaten LGBT Rights? I Don't Think So

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

It was government sodomy laws that made our existence a crime. Some of us wanted to limit government -- horrors! -- by repealing those laws.

The Myth Of Libertarianism And The Fight For LGBT Equality

Maya Rupert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maya Rupert

The libertarian premise that without government intervention everyone would be free to do what they want is simply a myth for marginalized communities. True equality for the LGBT community will require government enforcement and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.

A Salvo in the Soda Wars

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.12.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial ban on large, sugary drinks was slated to go into effect today. The regulations were intended to help curb runaway obesity rates. This is based on sound psychological science.

Lessons for the Young Libertarian Journalist

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 11.18.2012 | Media
Brian LaSorsa

Beyond the censorship and ostracism politicians will create, libertarian journalists need to remember the one factor that is equally important to evading political regulations: winning public opinion.

More Data on Libertarian Roots of Tea Party

David_Kirby | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
David_Kirby

Paul Ryan's no libertarian, for sure. But by emphasizing fiscal, rather than social issues, he may unite tea partiers, appeal to libertarians and win general election voters concerned about the economy.

Tin Foil Hat Libertarians

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Brian LaSorsa

Libertarians are skeptics. But outlandish conspiracy theories dilute the concrete information we already understand about legislative policies. So why cloud logic with conspiracy?

Freedom or Liberty? A Democracy or a Republic?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

One view of the election season is as a contest between liberty and freedom, between a republic and a democracy, and between the nations of a Northern alliance and the Dixie bloc that predates the Constitution.

Grasping for the Populist Mantle: The Conservative Response to 'How Liberals Win'

Bill Scher | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Bill Scher

My argument that liberals should bargain with corporations and not outright fight them is not terribly populist. I wasn't expecting conservatives to use my piece as an opportunity to claim the populist mantle for themselves.

Free Markets, Libertarians, Trade Deficits, Economic Decline: Joseph Cotto Interviews Ian Fletcher

Ian Fletcher | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The single biggest thing we can do to restore the strength of American manufacturing is cut the trade deficit. And yes, we can restore American manufacturing.

A Liberal Defends Libertarianism

David Vognar | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
David Vognar

I see enough of myself in libertarians to recognize that they do not deserve to be marginalized. Though they are certainly quirky, any group with this many original ideas should be listened to, not scorned.

Libertarian Until Graduation

Chris Ladd | Posted 08.11.2012 | College
Chris Ladd

The images of college students thronging to Ron Paul campaign events inspire a nostalgic twinge in me. Once I upon a time, I, too, needed nothing more in life than to be left free to achieve. I was a Libertarian, at least until graduation.

Why Are There So Few Latino Libertarians?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Of course, there are Latino libertarians out there. But in general, talking Hispanics into espousing the Ron Paul agenda is only slightly easier than getting the pope to show up at the Stonewall Inn for a drink.

Conservatism and Climate

Roger Scruton | Posted 07.09.2012 | Green
Roger Scruton

The propensity for settlement and stewardship is at the heart of conservative philosophy and ought to be at the heart of conservative politics too.

Bachmann, Ludwig von Mises Would Not Endorse Romney

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 07.07.2012 | College
Brian LaSorsa

Last year, Bachmann mentioned that one of her favorite economists is Ludwig von Mises. Her endorsement of Romney, though, has Mises turning in his grave. Romney's political views represent everything the Austrian economist despised.

The Dim World of Light Bulb Politics

David Jenkins | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
David Jenkins

When widespread concern about energy waste caused states to start passing light bulb efficiency standards, the manufacturers sought a uniform national standard and got it.

Could the Libertarian Party Choose a Ron Paul-Gary Johnson Ticket?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Ron Paul and Gary Johnson should run together for the Libertarian Party nominations for president and vice president, respectively. That wouldn't guarantee their selection. However, Paul-Johnson would be the strongest ticket the LP could offer. It would be the best alternative available to the Republicrats.

Uncovering America's Generous Side

Ben Cohen | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Ben Cohen

There are certain aspects of America that I find enormously attractive -- the openness and friendliness of the people, their generosity and the lack of a stifling European-style class system. However, there is a side to America that I find extremely unsettling -- the relentless fixation on money.

The Sex Workers' Petition

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 04.21.2012 | Comedy
Brian LaSorsa

[The following is a slightly satirical yet deadly serious prediction of what I assume will come of the future sex industry, based on Frédéric Bastia...

No Liberty Without Order

D. R. Tucker | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

There is no liberty without order, no liberty when economic policies aren't rational, no liberty when citizens are not treated equally, no liberty when the planet has been polluted. That's a truth Republicans used to acknowledge.

Libertarianism For Your Teen

Lee Bailey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lee Bailey

In hindsight, I view my indoctrination with the libertarians with amused gratitude. I see that it spoke to both dark secrets I harbored and to the more evident materialism I practiced as a bored suburban teenager. Here was a worldview that said it was OK to seek riches and to love other men.