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  • The 4 percent-plus solution

    05/26/2015 6:04:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Richard W. Rahn
    Of those running for president, who will give this speech? “Ladies and Gentlemen, my administration will implement a series of economic policies to cause the economy to grow at an average rate of 4 percent or more a year. Growth of 4 percent-plus per year will create jobs at a faster rate than the growth in the labor force and provide hope for those who had despaired of finding a good job again. At a growth rate of a little over 4 percent per year, real incomes for all of our citizens will double in only 17 years. (At the...
  • So, What Evidence Would Persuade You That Man-Made Climate Change Is Real?

    04/06/2015 7:06:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Reason ^ | 04/04/2015 | Ronald Bailey
    In 2005, I changed my mind about climate change: I concluded that the balance of the scientific evidence showed that man-made global warming could likely pose a significant problem for humanity by the end of this century. My new assessment did not please a number of my friends, some of whom made their disappointment clear.At the 2007 annual gala dinner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a D.C.-based free-market think tank, the master of ceremonies was former National Review editor John O'Sullivan. To entertain the crowd, O'Sullivan put together a counterfeit tale in which I ostensibly had given a lecture on...
  • Why I am Conservative, was never Leftist and am no longer Libertarian

    04/04/2015 10:59:53 AM PDT · by walford · 43 replies
    Facebook ^ | 04/05/2015 | walford
    Leftism [including all forms of collectivism] is a juvenile mentality in which the adherents want what they want and cannot be troubled with limitations and consequences. They think that their unworkable ideas will work if everyone believes in them. Given that it is essentially a belief system that is not amenable to logic, reason or evidence, it is necessarily dogmatic. Those who disagree are a threat; the mere existence of contrary thoughts cannot be tolerated and must be quashed at all costs. And, oddly enough, is a closely related cadre of religious dogmatists who, in their infantile mentality, blasphemously posits...
  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 143 replies
    Raging Against The Rhetoric ^ | 03-18-2015 | Jackie Wellfonder
    Conservatives often find themselves at odds with the libertarian crowd. However, is that anger really warranted? As President Reagan once said, “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” True conservatives and libertarians, let’s not pretend there aren’t fakers on both side, all agree on the fundamentals: limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom. Neither group wants the government interfering in our daily lives and telling us what we can and cannot do. Now there may be slight disagreements on how that plays out in the policy arena, but we should not allow...
  • Democrats Think Medical Marijuana Will Get "Liberal Thinking Voters" To the Polls

    09/28/2014 9:33:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    A ballot issue in Florida this November will be "Amendment 2", a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Crist and his liberal ally, attorney John Morgan, are proponents of the ballot measure, while current GOP governor Rick Scott is against it. WFTV9 reports: Crist has changed parties and changed stances on gay marriage, abortion and medical marijuana. He said he will vote yes on Amendment 2. “I do support it,” Crist said. “Rick Scott opposes it; I don't know what else to tell you.” Critics think medical marijuana was pushed onto the ballot by Attorney John Morgan...
  • America Shouldn't Choose Sides in Iraq's Civil War

    09/06/2014 10:32:19 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Online WSJ ^ | June 19, 2014 7:12 p.m. ET | Rand Paul
    Obama has made mistakes but so did Bush by invading. There's no good case for U.S. military intervention now. Though many claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan on foreign policy, too few look at how he really conducted it. The Iraq war is one of the best examples of where we went wrong because we ignored that.In 1984, Reagan's Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger developed the following criteria for war, primarily to avoid another Vietnam. His speech, "The Uses of Military Power," boils down to this: The United States should not commit forces to combat unless the vital national interests...
  • Rand Paul stands alone against Senate's 'preemptive war' resolution for Iran

    09/06/2014 10:46:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    RT.Com ^ | September 22, 2012 19:52
    s a de-facto declaration of war. The measure, which was introduced several months ago by Senators Lindsey Graham, Bob Casey and Joe Lieberman, supports continuing to pressure Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program. The resolution advocates using methods other than containment to stop Iran, including exerting economic and diplomatic pressure. Senate Joint Resolution 41 “rejects any United States policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran.” Senators expressed their fears regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities. “We know that Iran would create access for terrorists – access for them – to these nuclear weapons, making the Middle...
  • Seavey and Perry: Adventures in Podcasting

    09/06/2014 11:10:48 AM PDT · by OddLane · 2 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | September 6, 2014 | Gerard J. Perry
    This week we cover everything from the futility of New York State's Conservative Party-from William F. Buckley's idealism to a third rate patronage mill-to the phone hacking scandal roiling Hollywood, to the reason why Corey Booker might not have done such a swell job as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
  • Policing a Riot

    08/20/2014 4:02:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | John Stossel
    Libertarians warned for years that government is force, that government always grows and that America's police have become too much like an occupying army. We get accused of being paranoid, but we look less paranoid after heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri, tear gassed peaceful protesters, arrested journalists and stopped some journalists from entering the town. One week before the rioting began, Fox News aired my documentary on the militarization of law enforcement, "Policing America." That show didn't stop some left-wing commentators from making the bizarre claim that libertarians like me have been silent about Ferguson. I can't force them...
  • America's Selective Libertarianism

    08/15/2014 12:52:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's an old rule in journalism: All you need are three good examples to prove a trend. And by that measure, writer Robert Draper had more than he needed to declare a new "libertarian moment" in American politics. In a New York Times Magazine cover story, Draper made exactly that case. His chief evidence: Young people are more libertarian today, and libertarian ideas are having a renaissance on the right. Also, self-described "libertarian-ish" Sen. Rand Paul's star is on the rise, thanks in part to national exhaustion with foreign interventions. Plus: recent victories for legalized weed and gay marriage. All...
  • The Free State Project: A Libertarian Testing Ground For Bitcoin, 3D Printers, and Drones

    06/21/2014 3:35:02 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6-12-14 | Kashmir Hill
    Long before billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel dreamed up the idea of a floating libertarian island nation, a 24-year-old Yale grad student named Jason Sorens proposed a far more down-to-earth experiment for those who wanted to live the limited government lifestyle: that a critical mass of “freedom-loving people… establish residence in a small state and take over the state government.” The “Free State Project” call to action was in 2001. By 2003, five thousand people agreed to take part and they held a vote to decide which low-population state would be the staging ground for the libertarianvasion, which would be...
  • Why the Roberts Court Is Less Conservative Than You Think

    06/27/2014 6:43:51 AM PDT · by koanhead · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/25/14 | Doug Kendall and Brannie Gorod
    The Roberts Court certainly seems like a conservative juggernaut. And, yes, from campaign finance to race to religion, it has moved the law dramatically to the right. But Wednesday's Supreme Court decision on cell-phone privacy shows that this isn't the entire story. In a number of significant areas of law, a majority of the Roberts Court will line up behind rulings that are not so much conservative as libertarian, often with a surprisingly progressive bent. That is certainly true of Riley v. California, in which Chief Justice John Roberts, on behalf of his unanimous colleagues, concluded Wednesday that police may...
  • Adviser to Pope Francis says Catholicism is incompatible with libertarianism.

    06/12/2014 3:28:30 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 20 replies
    This Week ^ | June 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Stoker
    An adviser to Pope Francis says Catholicism is incompatible with libertarianism. He's right. At least by one National Review writer's definition of the free market. It should come as no surprise that Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga's recent comments on American libertarianism have stirred a bit of a furor in free-market circles. On American zeal for preserving laissez-faire economic systems, the Honduran Cardinal had the following to say at speech on June 3 in Washington, D.C.: The elimination of the structural causes for poverty is a matter of urgency that can no longer be postponed... The hungry or sick child of...
  • The Modern Freedom Movement, 1940-2014

    06/03/2014 9:15:11 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 14 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | June 2, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    It began in the early 1940s. FDR had launched the New Deal’s collectivization of America, and a small but prescient group of libertarian and conservative intellectuals were in rebellion – such thinkers as Richard Weaver, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, John T. Flynn, Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand, to be followed a decade later by the likes of Russell Kirk, Frank Meyer, and Murray Rothbard. Out of their cerebral and activist efforts there began the movement to repeal the overweening statism that was infiltrating America from Europe via Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes. The infamous year...
  • American Atheists President: Conservatives 'Pretend Christianity Still Holds Water' in USA

    03/02/2014 2:54:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 96 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/1/2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    In an interview with Salon, the president of American Atheists reviewed the decision of the American Conservative Union (ACU) to rescind his organization’s invitation to CPAC. David Silverman charges that the ACU is both “pretending” that “atheists aren’t relevant” and that “Christianity still holds water in American society.”When asked about his reported “pledge” to “attack the very idea that Christianity is an important element of conservatism,” Silverman responded that while “I did say that I was going to attack the idea that Christianity and conservatism were inseparable,” he was not waging “an attack on people of faith.” “I wanted to...
  • Welfare cash pulled from ATMs inside Colorado pot shops

    02/21/2014 8:27:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    KDVR-TV ^ | February 20, 2014 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DENVER — Colorado welfare recipients are using ATMs located inside marijuana retail shops to withdraw cash. The money was given to them by taxpayers to help their families survive, but an exclusive Fox31 Denver investigation found some cash benefits most likely going toward marijuana purchases. FOX31 Denver asked the Colorado Department of Human Services for its “Quest card” database of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cash transactions for the month of January, 2014. That is the first month in which Colorado marijuana dispensaries were regulated and open for recreational sales. The FOX31 Denver investigative team matched the addresses of EBT cash...
  • 5 Reasons Christianity and Libertarianism are Compatible, Young Evangelicals Say

    02/18/2014 5:28:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/18/2014 | BY TYLER O'NEIL
    WASHINGTON — Young Evangelicals argued that Christianity and libertarianism are compatible, and some even claimed that Christians should advocate for libertarian causes. "Christians actually ought to feel outraged that the redemptive power of charity has been taken from us and given to an unfeeling, coercive state," Leah Stiles Hughey declared at a Saturday panel at The International Students for Liberty Conference. She claimed that when government gets involved in giving to the poor it denies the God-given human dignity of both giver and receiver. Hughey's husband Jason explained that "the Bible is not a book of political theory." Nevertheless, "there...
  • King Libertarians Neocons

    01/24/2014 12:49:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 223 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    From at least the time of the 1980’s, the Republican Party and the “conservative movement” have been dominated by, not conservatives, but neoconservatives. The so-called “libertarian” influence in the party is growing—and neoconservatives are none too pleased by it. Libertarians, neoconservatives assert, are “isolationists,” “naďve,” even sophomoric, idealists whose detachment from reality borders on being “unpatriotic,” for libertarians threaten to compromise national security, making citizen and soldier alike unsafe. After all, when his own country is in the midst of a protracted, bloody war, a person who uses his considerable influence to convince large numbers of Americans that their country...
  • Abortion and the Suicide of the West

    01/22/2014 6:51:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 22, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Jenelle Evans, 22, had an abortion this year. Originally featured on MTV four years ago as a pregnant teenager, Evans, who loves to party, had a son, gave the son to her mother to raise, got into heroin, got married and went to jail; her husband ended up in jail as well on drug charges. They got divorced. He didn't know that Evans was pregnant. She got an abortion. He found out about it on the commercials for "Teen Mom 2." Now she's pregnant again. With a third guy. Who may or may not be seeing another woman on the...
  • LIBERTARIANISM & LIBERTY - COMPATIBLE WITH CHRISTIANITY SOCIALISM - COMPATIBLE WITH NEITHER

    01/10/2014 1:14:42 PM PST · by crazylibertarian · 36 replies
    I have always been resentful of authority, with an attitude to 'the authorities' of 'who died and made you God?' I've always believed that freedom is only possible within the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
  • Donut Regulation as Serious as Syria?

    11/14/2013 12:06:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    GenFringe.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Carly Hill
    We recently posted Julie Borowski’s video entitled, “Get the Government Off My Donuts.” Sure, it sounds silly and stupid in light of stories about the turmoil in Syria or the persecution in North Korea. Donuts…seriously? Who cares? How shallow is that! Well, despite Julie’s silly donut scarfing demonstration and the light-hearted title, the point of her video wasn’t actually about getting the government away from her donuts. It was about freedom. Nothing shallow about freedom.The FDA taking steps to ban transfats in food doesn’t seem important in light of what’s happening in places like Syria, but the root of Syria’s...
  • The Libertarian Era?

    11/13/2013 5:19:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | John Stossel
    I didn't know what a libertarian was when I started reporting. I was just another liberal. I knew the Republicans were icky, and Democrats were more like me -- except they didn't care about debt. I had no idea there was an actual movement of thinking people who want to honor the principles of the Founders -- liberty and limited government. It took me a long time to wake up. Now more Americans have woken up, say Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie, editors of Reason magazine. "Poll after poll show you that Americans are much more fiscally conservative than...
  • Poll: Republican voters have embraced libertarian values

    09/19/2013 9:45:28 AM PDT · by shego · 446 replies
    United Liberty ^ | 9/12/13 | Jason Pye
    The libertarian philosophy is taking the Republican Party by storm, according to a poll conducted by FreedomWorks, a DC-based grassroots service center with over 6 million members. With Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and many other liberty-minded politicians gaining influence, libertarianism has generated new interest inside the Republican Party, much to the chagrin of the GOP's political establishment.... "FreedomWorks' poll shows that 42 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of the word ‘libertarian,' and only 10 percent don't know the word, compared to 27 percent who don't know nationally," they added. And the term "libertarian" may...
  • 4 Principles for a Libertarian National Security State

    09/18/2013 8:53:22 AM PDT · by shego · 11 replies
    Reason ^ | 9/18/13 | Nick Gillespie
    1. Transparency uber alles. One of the main reasons that Barack Obama's approval ratings are in the crapper is because of his epic failure to live up to his promise to run what he guaranteed would be the most transparent administration EVAH. That's especially true when it comes to national security issues. Even the most hardened anti-terror hawks have been shocked by revelations of widespread secret drone strikes, extra-judicial kill lists, a war on leakers and journalists, and ubiquitous snooping on Americans.... 2. Legal authority is not optional. Whether we're discussing the use of drones, metadata dragnets, or anything else...
  • Laissez-faire: the political philosophy of civilization

    08/25/2013 11:14:08 AM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 5 replies
    Laissez-faire Institute ^ | August 22, 2013 | Jan Krepelka
    Dear friends, Today I'd like to make a few points that concern not so much what we believe in, but how we think about it, how we present it, and how we fight for it. It starts from a simple question: Introduction: Why don't you like the State? People often ask me, why are you against the State, what has the State done to you, personnally? Is it so terrible not be allowed to trade legally in drugs, or to pay a little money in taxes? Well, yes, it is terrible, those are crimes committed against me. But there's much...
  • Chris Christie slams libertarians over national security

    07/26/2013 10:10:38 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    970 WFLA ^ | 7/26/13 | Jason Howerton
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday took a big swing at libertarian-leaning lawmakers in both parties, calling the ideology, when applied to national security, “a very dangerous thought.” His comments come just one day after the House narrowly rejected a sweeping amendment to defund the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. Addressing the bipartisan coalition that joined together to nearly push the so-called Amash amendment through, Christie told lawmakers who harbor libertarian views on the issue to explain their position to the victims of 9/11, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake reports. He also included Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in...
  • Chris Christie: GOP libertarianism on national security a “dangerous thought”

    07/26/2013 7:58:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Oh yes, consider the hostile game of pong that shall be the 2016 GOP national security debate joined. Bounce. Over to you, Rand. ASPEN, Colo. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday offered a clear broadside against Republicans drifting toward a more libertarian view of foreign policy, lumping Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in with them and suggesting they explain their position to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.The House earlier this week narrowly voted against a reduction in funding for the National Security Agency, as libertarian-leaning members from both sides joined together to vote for the amendment.“As...
  • Freedom ≠ Polygamy and Heroin: Conservatives are wrong to worry abut libertarian policies

    07/18/2013 8:29:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    REASON ^ | 07/18/2013 | Shikha Dalmia
    Cultural conservatives can’t be too happy about the country’s growing tolerance for gay marriage and legal marijuana, both of which a slim majority now supports. This erosion of traditional moral codes, they fear, will put America on the highway to Gomorrah. But removing government from the business of enforcing morality doesn’t mean that individuals will celebrate their liberation by smoking crack and throwing orgies. It means that they’ll become active agents in choosing their own morality. The late Robert Bork famously warned in his 1996 jeremiad Slouching Toward Gomorrah that America would succumb to moral decadence if Uncle Sam didn’t...
  • Atheism and Libertarianism 1: Negative Philosophies (video)

    06/24/2013 3:49:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 19, 2013 | Shane Killian
    Part 1 in a new series examining the common fallacies committed by both statists and theists. This video covers the fact that both atheism and libertarianism are both negative philosophies, and therefore the burden of proof is on statists and theists ...
  • The GOP’s Rand Paul Moment: He’s smart, he’s interesting, and he represents libertarianism well.

    06/21/2013 5:51:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/21/2013 | Rich Lowry
    You won’t find him on any Federal Election Commission disclosure forms, but Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is the biggest in-kind donor to the incipient Rand Paul–for president campaign. Whatever its merits, the National Security Agency metadata program couldn’t be better fashioned to play into fears of the government. Is it vast? Yes. Secret? Check. Raise profound questions about privacy? Uh-huh. This is the kind of issue Rand Paul was born and (literally) raised to raise holy hell over. The NSA leak came on the heels of revelations that the Internal Revenue Service was singling out tea-party groups for...
  • Freedom: The Unfolding Revolution

    06/14/2013 5:02:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Why are there no libertarian countries?" In a much-discussed essay for Salon magazine, Michael Lind asks: "If libertarians are correct in claiming that they understand how best to organize a modern society, how is it that not a single country in the world in the early twenty-first century is organized along libertarian lines?" Such is the philosophical poverty of liberalism today that this stands as a profound question. Definitions vary, but broadly speaking, libertarianism is the idea that people should be as free as possible from state coercion so long as they don't harm anyone. The job of the state...
  • Penn Jillette is a ‘nutty ******* peacenik’ who wants the government off your back

    05/07/2013 8:22:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies
    DC Caller ^ | 5/7/2013 | Jamie Weinstein
    LAS VEGAS — “My whole libertarian approach comes out of being just a nutty f'ing peacenik,” magician Penn Jillette confides backstage at his show, a few hours before he is set to perform.
  • The culture war was never a fair fight

    03/27/2013 2:22:08 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 53 replies
    The Week ^ | March 27, 2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    "Most modern liberals, at their most consistent, want a situation in which as many individuals as possible can realize as many of their ends as possible, without assessment of the value of these ends as such, save in so far as they may frustrate the purposes of others. They wish the frontiers between individuals or groups of men to be drawn solely with a view to preventing collisions between human purposes, all of which must be considered to be equally ultimate, uncriticizable ends in themselves." — Isaiah Berlin I've written a lot lately about how conservatives lost the culture war....
  • Do Libertarians Really "Want a World Without Moral Judgments"?

    03/22/2013 8:51:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 222 replies
    Reason ^ | 03/22/2013 | Nick Gillespie
    On March 15 in The New York Times, liberal journalist and author Richard Reeves wrote an op-ed about the new plan in New York City to dramatize the many negative effects of teen pregnancy on girls who give birth before graduating high school and outside of a stable two-parent unit. Billboards and other advertisements around the city, for instance, point out that unwed teen mothers are twice as likely to not finish high school as girls who don't give birth before graduating.With many smart qualifications, Reeves makes a case for shaming regarding teen pregnancy and other behaviors, and he...
  • Libertarians' Awkward Bedfellows

    02/27/2013 9:28:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 120 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | John Stossel
    Last week, Conservative pundit Ann Coulter told me and a thousand young libertarians that we libertarians are puss- -- well, she used slang for a female body part. We were in Washington, D.C., at the Students for Liberty conference, taping my TV show, and she didn't like my questions about her opposition to gay marriage and drug legalization. "We're living in a country that is 70 percent socialist," she says. "The government takes 60 percent of your money. They take care of your health care, your pensions ... who you can hire ... and you (libertarians) want to suck up...
  • Ann Coulter Battles Stossel, Calls Libertarians ‘*******’ And Gets Booed By Room Full Of Students

    02/24/2013 8:36:33 PM PST · by jimsin · 74 replies
    THE MEDIAITE ^ | February 22, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    <p>Ann Coulter on why she thinks libertarians are "******s": "We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money. They are taking care of your health care, of your pensions. They’re telling you who you can hire, what the regulations will be. And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, ‘Oh, but we want to legalize pot.’</p>
  • Highways and Roads in a Free Society

    02/06/2013 2:00:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    BC Politics (Blog Critics) ^ | February 2, 2013 | Kenn Jacobine
    As a libertarian, I believe that you have a right to live your life as you see fit as long as you don’t violate somebody else’s right to do the same. Libertarianism represents the only non-coercive political/economic philosophy in the universe. All other such philosophies: democracy, republicanism, monarchy, dictatorship, socialism, and communism employ the brute force (violence) of government to enforce compliance of one group’s wishes on another group. Many Americans believe that libertarianism is an unworkable framework because without government to provide and enforce laws, society would be in chaos. Additionally, opponents of greater freedom question how the services...
  • John Tate of Campaign for Liberty explains libertarianism's appeal

    02/05/2013 9:06:35 PM PST · by fractionated · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30,2013 | Joseph Cotto
    Libertarianism has found tremendous success across our country over the last several years. Right now, that seems unlikely to change. At the crest of this political tidal wave has been the Campaign for Liberty. Founded by former U.S. Representative Ron Paul during the 2008 election cycle, it has grown into a formidable organization. With the guiding mission of informing Americans about Constitution-related issues, it has found a considerable degree of popularity among younger voters. In this first part of our discussion, John F. Tate, the Campaign’s president, explains how libertarianism came to find support among American voters, his opinion of...
  • 'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

    01/21/2013 9:48:38 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 176 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1-22-13 | Dennis Prager
    For some years now, we have been told about a major division within American conservatism: fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives. This division is hurting conservatism and hurting America -- because the survival of American values depends on both fiscal and social conservatism. Furthermore, the division is logically and morally untenable. A conservative conserves all American values, not just economic ones. By "social conservatism," I am referring to the second and third components of what I call the American Trinity -- liberty, "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum." It is worth noting that a similar bifurcation does not exist...
  • Libertarianism & Christianity

    01/06/2013 3:43:37 PM PST · by grumpa · 69 replies
    Faith Facts Publishing ^ | January 5, 2013 | Faith Facts
    We have noticed many conservative Christians these days claiming to hold to a libertarian political philosophy. Libertarianism is the idea that government should allow complete freedom, except in the case when one person directly harms another. While this often sounds appealing to Christians, we see see a dangerous clash of worldviews in trying to mix Christianity with libertarianism. We think that “Christian libertarians” have been unwittingly duped into adopting a philosophy that has much in common with liberal secularists--and is contrary to the Bible at key points. Libertarianism and Christianity really do not mix like some think. Among the problems...
  • Why Is Libertarianism Wrong?

    02/01/2002 10:21:47 AM PST · by Exnihilo · 444 replies · 1,890+ views
    Why is libertarianism wrong? Why is libertarianism wrong? The origins, background, values, effects, and defects of libertarianism. Some sections are abstract, but at the end some irreducible value conflicts are clearly stated. origins Libertarianism is part of the Anglo-American liberal tradition in political philosophy. It is a development of classic liberalism, and not a separate category from it. It is specifically linked to the United States. Many libertarian texts are written by people, who know only North American political culture and society. They claim universal application for libertarianism, but it remains culture-bound. For instance, some libertarians argue by quoting ...
  • An ideology without promise

    09/21/2012 7:03:14 AM PDT · by teflon9 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Michael Gerson
    Yet a Republican ideology pitting the “makers” against the “takers” offers nothing. No sympathy for our fellow citizens. No insight into our social challenge. No hope of change. This approach involves a relentless reductionism. Human worth is reduced to economic production. Social problems are reduced to personal vices. Politics is reduced to class warfare on behalf of the upper class. A few libertarians have wanted this fight ever since they read “Atlas Shrugged” as pimply adolescents. Given Romney’s background, record and faith, I don’t believe that he holds this view. I do believe that Republicans often parrot it, because they...
  • Thomas Szasz, Relentless Freedom Fighter, Dead at 92

    09/11/2012 2:53:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Reason ^ | September 11, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    I am sorry to report that Thomas Szasz, the great libertarian critic of coercive psychiatry, the "therapeutic state," and the war on drugs, died over the weekend at his home in Manlius, New York. He was 92.
  • There Ought Not to Be a Law

    08/15/2012 3:42:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | John Stossel
    I’m a libertarian in part because I see a false choice offered by the political left and right: government control of the economy -- or government control of our personal lives. People on both sides think of themselves as freedom lovers. The left thinks government can lessen income inequality. The right thinks government can make Americans more virtuous. I say we’re best off if neither side attempts to advance its agenda via government. Let both argue about things like drug use and poverty, but let no one be coerced by government unless he steals or attacks someone. Beyond the small...
  • Mika Loves Nanny Mayor Mike, Calls Don’t Tread On Me-ers ‘Idiots’

    07/24/2012 8:55:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The way to Mika Brzezinski's heart is through her stomach. Or better put, through using the power of the state to limit what we can put into our stomachs. On Morning Joe today, Brzezinski declared her love for NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Why? Because of the Nanny-in-Chief's various food prohibitions, the latest being his limit on the size of soft drinks. Mika's view of those who support a "live free or die" libertarian view? "Idiots", she declared them. View the video here.
  • Democrats and Republicans: No, Both Parties Are Not the Same

    06/11/2012 6:57:10 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 36 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 June 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    There is a certain tiresome message we’ve all heard: the notion that the Republican and Democratic parties are the same. It’s often put forth by people who consider themselves outside-the-box thinkers, and they fancy their point of view the enlightened one. Sometimes cynical George Carlin types, their message is, “Hey, I’m smart enough to know both parties are playin’ the game. Don’t try to fool me!” This attitude was apparent in a few of the comments under a recent piece I wrote about liberal immorality. One respondent opined, for instance, “What still amazes [me] is that there has been definite...
  • Hey, Libertarians: If you won't be my friend, could you please be my enemy?

    04/19/2012 12:17:33 PM PDT · by Greg Swann · 13 replies
    SelfAdoration.com ^ | April 8, 2012 | Greg Swann
    I swear to god, for the first time in my life I cannot seem to make an enemy on the internet! As a matter of strategy, this is what Man Alive! seeks: To disintermediate the ruling class. Disintermediation means cutting out the middle-man, and, by teaching you a new way of thinking about human nature and about your own unique self, the book puts you in charge of your own philosophical affairs. You no longer have to turn to so-called "thought leaders" -- most of whom are frauds anyway -- for answers -- which answers are almost always contrary to...
  • Libertarianism and the Civil War

    03/06/2012 8:27:38 AM PST · by donmeaker · 105 replies · 1+ views
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 6 March 2012 | Ilya Somin
    There are, generally speaking, three types of libertarian perspectives on the Civil War. Many libertarians actually support the war, some condemn it without defending the Confederacy, and some are actually pro-Confederate.
  • Mark Levin Attacks Mr. Libertarian (AKA Murray Rothbard)

    02/27/2012 6:05:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 27, 2012 | Tom Woods
    Bestselling author Tom Woods responds to radio host Mark Levin's attack on the prolific and crucially important free-market economist Murray Rothbard.
  • WAYNE ALLYN ROOT ANNIHILATES PARASITIC SOCIALIST IN HEATED DEBATE

    02/25/2012 7:51:44 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 19 replies · 1+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | February 25, 2012
    VIDEO: In this red-hot 16 minute debate, libertarian Wayne Allyn Root, obliterates a pitiful, whiny, parasitic, anti-freedom socialist. It's interesting and noteworthy how the broadcaster seems to label those rightfully afraid of socialism as being afraid of the "big, bad, wolf". Watch how quickly the socialist pulls out the race card (and how Wayne Allyn Root dismantles it). This is universally done by the left, regardless of whether the debate is with a democrat, socialist, or communist. Along with class warfare, it's the only tool they have. It's laudable how Root maintains his composure and pleasant disposition, even in the...