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After the Endorsement: A Message to Disillusioned Bernie Sanders Supporters

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

Let’s dispense with the formalities. We are all hurting today, hurting bad. We have all been equally passionate about the Sanders campaign and for m...

The Surreal Presidential Debate You Didn't See: Libertarians In Vegas

The New Yorker | Paul Vale | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

Two years ago, the Times Magazine put on its cover a photocopied image of Rand Paul, accompanied by a provocative headline: “Major Threat: Rand Paul...

No, National Borders Are Not 'Arbitrary'

Ian Fletcher | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

One of the truly dumbest arguments I hear in favor of free trade is that national borders are "arbitrary." I usually get this from right-wing libertarian types, but occasionally from "one world" leftists, too. But it's not true.

Why Libertarians Should Support Sanders (for Now)

Travis Irvine | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Travis Irvine

Before everyone loses their mind with the usual knee-jerk reaction of "Sanders is a socialist," one must remember that progressives and libertarians actually share several of the same ideals -- our federal government needs to be drastically reformed in many areas.

The Greatest Debate, the Best Presidential Debate

Carl Nettleton | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Carl Nettleton

As a professional facilitator, I have been disappointed by the failure of moderators to better manage the 2016 presidential debates. A clear set of rules could help to avoid the disrespectful banter that has dominated the dialogue.

The Republican Collapse

Jesse Larner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Soviet Union seemed permanent and invincible, until it didn't. When it fell, far more suddenly than anyone thought it would or could, the festering rot of decades was exposed to the world. We're seeing this happen, in real time, with the Republican Party.

Ted Cruz Tries A New Look, Ruthless Warrior Who Makes Friends

The Huffington Post | Eliot Nelson | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

EASLEY, S.C. -- Ted Cruz isn't exactly America's most unifying figure. In the classroom of the Senate, he isn't merely the kid who sits in front and r...

A Republican, Democrat, Green & Libertarian Walk into a Living Room: A Report from the Front-Lines in Iowa

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In Iowa one week before the Presidential caucuses, we were far from the only group discussing politics that blustery night. From Sioux City to Davenport and everywhere in between, we Iowans have been bombarded with political billboards flanking our daily commute and dozens of ads in our physical and virtual mailboxes on any given day.

Foreign Liberals Shouldn't Be Liberal With American Lives and Money

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Liberals from other nations will continue to lobby Washington to advance their home countries' interests. No surprise there. But they shouldn't complain if American liberals choose priceless domestic peace and prosperity over costly international charity and conflict.

Rand Paul’s Hard Line On Refugees Rankles Libertarians

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) tough proposals aimed at limiting the admission of refugees in the wake of the Paris terror attacks are disappointing liber...

Donald Trump: The Chickens Come Home to Roost

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Bob Burnett

Trump will be around for a while. And it's clear that Donald Trump is the candidate Republicans deserve.

Just The Latest Attack On Planned Parenthood And The Women It Serves

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Let's be clear: this attack on women's health is the opposite of liberty. Republicans are using women's health and women's lives as a political football - and that is wrong.

Rand Paul is the Poster Child of Conservatarians

Kevin Price | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Kevin Price

The idea of the "conservatarian" is all the rage these days in Republican circles. Conservatarian is a philosophy that is something of a hybrid between conservatives and libertarians. It doesn't have a firm ideological statement, but it does have some guiding principles.

Don't Tell the Catholic Church, but Heresy Is Actually a Good Thing

David Benko | Posted 07.06.2016 | Teen
David Benko

My status as heretic derives from the fact that I don't identify myself with any established political philosophies. I will look at a solution to a problem, and if it works, I will support it, and if it doesn't, then I will not.

Everything We're Taught About "Individualism" Is Contradicted By How We Live Our Lives

Henry Rosemont Jr. | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Henry Rosemont Jr.

The world capitalist economic system has become so dysfunctional in the 21st Century that it cannot be defended rationally, but requires a particular moral/political ideology grounded in the assumption that human beings are fundamentally to be defined as free, autonomous and rational individuals.

Why Does Everyone Hate Libertarians?

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 05.17.2016 | 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.

Washington Should Make Foreign Policy for Americans, Not Liberals Overseas

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The more active America's foreign policy, the more the U.S. has to spend on the military: the "defense" budget is the price of Washington's foreign policy. American military personnel and contractors die. Enemies are created. A national security state develops.

Hillary Clinton, Tea Party Candidate: A Magic Trick

Brian Ross | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Brian Ross

We've already seen how Barack Obama has been used to channel white America's racial fears into a complete shutdown of compromise, a cornerstone of American Democracy. A Hillary Clinton Presidency will look a lot like that. Lose the racism. Use the gender fear.

How Rand Paul Is Helping To Reinvent Republicans

Ozy | Emily Cadei | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

This story was originally published on Ozy. It’s true that the Republican Party remains a lot older, whiter and male-er than the American populat...

Cutting Holes in the Law

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

"I'm sorry, but we don't serve your kind here." This overt discrimination is something that leading gay libertarians, who otherwise support marriage equality, think should be legal for wedding photographers, bakers, and other business owners to say to gay couples.

Paying for the Neocon Moment: Sacrificing Lives, Liberty, and Wealth for Nothing

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

We are living in The Neocon Moment, a testament to the foolishness and arrogance of those who believe themselves to be engineers of peoples, societies, and nations. Yet Washington officials have yet to tire of America's permanent state of war.

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.

Sam Stein

Gary Johnson Hopes To Run In 2016 And Promises Not To Pander To Iowans

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said he is likely to run for president again in 2016 and will be blunt as hell when he does it. ...

Samantha Lachman

Most Independent Candidates Didn't Live Up To The Hype

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite high expectations heading into Tuesday's election, independent candidates did not upend most of the competitive Senate and guber...

Arin Greenwood

How Do You Make Republicans Care About Animal Testing? This Guy Has A Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green

Anthony Bellotti's day job is working as a Republican strategist specializing in opposition research, with clients that have included Gov. Arnold Schw...