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.
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.
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?
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?
If the GOP is going to have any value as a vehicle for liberty in Blue states, it will be necessary to get non-dogmatic liberals not to throw out their liberal principles, but to see how their principles have not been well served by the old progressive one-size fits-all program.
You don't have to be a economist to understand why American healthcare has been such a disaster for so long -- and why Obamacare has spectacularly failed to do the one thing that would have solved most of its problems.
Tired of the social injustices of the Republican Party? Frustrated by the intrusive and anti-business economic policies of the Democratic Party? If you answered YES to both of these issues, you may be a secret Libertarian -- you've just never known the right label.
The Democrats of today are not the champions of labor and the enemies of high finance like they were in the days of FDR. Rather, today's Democratic Party is a center-right version of the Republican Party -- just as corrupt, but not inherently evil.
Today there is not just one major issue facing the country. There are a number of them, and neither of the two parties is addressing these very serious problems. Bitter partisan divisions have produced nothing but paralysis in our government.
In interviewing Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, I was following the advice of Ron Paul, who recently stated, "[Gary Johnson] is wonderful, and I think he's doing a good job, and I think people should look at him, and every individual should make up their own mind."
A slate of third party candidates at the Hilton Chicago on Tuesday offered voters fresh and impassioned views about the economy, war on terrorism, war on drugs and election, legislative and educational reform.
The Republican Party should welcome the Libertarian Party and other challengers in the political arena. The former should try to win by convincing the American people that the GOP really is the better option, not by preventing them from voting for someone else.
Lawsuits are common in politics, but there was one filed last Friday that is not common at all: someone has brought an antitrust suit, alleging that the major political parties have monopolized politics, and it is not exactly some crackpot who did it.