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

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.29.2014 | 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 07.26.2014 | 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.

Common Good Capitalism to Emerge Via Voluntary Movement in the Private Sector

Terry Mollner | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Terry Mollner

Thinking the Earth is flat was a stage in our maturation. The current form of capitalism is only a stage in our economic maturation. It is the opposite of collusion for self-interest. It is cooperation for the common good.

Libertarian Purists: Libertarian on Everything -- Except Liberty

Robin Koerner | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If a libertarian world is made happy by replacing political aggression and force with the actions of people who are civil and tolerant, then we cannot expect people to come to our side if we cannot even exhibit those qualities.

Barbara Branden, Biographer of Ayn Rand, Dies

James Peron | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
James Peron

She was a loyal and good friend to the end of her life. She is survived by Nathaniel, her former husband, and by many, many good friends -- all of whom will miss her greatly.

Republican Defeat in Virginia Well Earned

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Peron

The GOP didn't take over evangelicalism, the evangelicals took over the GOP, and it's been on a downward slope ever since.

Rand Paul Gets Combative In Radio Interview

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took a combative tone Tuesday when the host of a radio interview pressed him on his former aide Jack Hunter and whether his ide...

Milton Friedman: Father of the Tea Party?

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

This week is the 101st anniversary of Milton Friedman's birth, and it will be widely celebrated among the vast number of Americans who march in Tea Parties and wear tricorn hats in public. But the new "libertarian populism" is increasingly at odds with the possibility of a shared future.

The Great Libertarian Swindle

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Politics, they say, makes strange bedfellows. Nowhere could this be more true than in the current case of liberals and libertarians finding common ground on a host of issues, ranging from U.S. drone policy to the NSA's spying activities on Americans.

Tom Friedman: A New Ayn Rand for A Dark Digital Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Friedman's vision is worth studying, if only because it reflects the distorted perspective of some very wealthy and influential people. In their world the problems of the many are as easily fixed as a line of code, with no sacrifice required of them or their fellow billionaires.

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 ...

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 05.26.2013 | Gay 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 05.25.2013 | Gay 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.