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  • The Case for Conservatism (vs. Libertarianism)

    02/17/2011 4:51:51 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | February 15, 2011 | Matt Lewis
    Anyone who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend knows that, although Republicans won big in November, the conservative movement is still facing an identity crisis. There are many facets to this, but one way of looking at it is to say that libertarian ideas are encroaching on conservatism. Of course, social conservatism -- which I would argue is an implicit component of traditional conservatism (though many Christian conservatives in America were politically dormant prior to the 1970s) -- has been, perhaps, the most vulnerable victim of the political times. Most people view the arguments relating to conservative...
  • YAF kicks out Ron Paul

    02/13/2011 8:42:44 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | February 12, 2011 | Byron Tau
    A prominent conservative activist group has given Ron Paul the boot. The Young Americans for Freedom has voted the Texas congressman off its national advisory board in the aftermath of his straw poll win at CPAC over his positions on national security issues. Continue Reading "It's a sad day in American history when a one-time conservative/libertarian stalwart has fallen more out of touch with America's needs for national security then our current socialist presidential regime," said the group's national director Jordan Marks. The dispute between Paul and the the group seems to stem from Paul's anti-war activities and the prominence...
  • A Critical Review of Libertarianism

    02/07/2011 11:01:08 AM PST · by grumpa · 24 replies
    Off Grid Blogger ^ | February 7, 2011 | Off Grid Blogger
    This is the conclusion of our 5-part series on libertarianism. (You may receive the other 4 by emailing us at offgridblogger@msn.com). We cannot miss the similarities between libertarianism and liberalism. It is not accidental that they have the same root word. Among the similarities is that both systems are at war with God—as are communism, humanism, and other non-theistic worldviews. As we pointed out last week in our blogmail, not all libertarians are atheists. Many are agnostic. History teaches that tyranny begins with eliminating God.
  • Libertarian In Name Only (The Incoherence Of Open Borders Advocacy)

    02/05/2011 8:08:27 AM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | February 5, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    First of all, let me apologize for being derelict in addressing Will Wilkinson’s series of columns for The Economist. I had wanted to to respond to these short polemics, written as an ongoing dialogue between he and David Frum during the height of the DREAM Act’s legislative push during a lame duck session of Congress, earlier but multiple factors prevented me from doing so. Since the focus of this site at the time was on preventing passage of DREAM, I felt that our resources could be better utilized by conveying information that you could use in persuading key senators to...
  • Libertarianism

    11/07/2010 8:46:20 PM PST · by AustralianConservative · 4 replies
    Pizza Trays & Beer Bottles ^ | November 7, 2010 | Australian Satirist
    Irony alert! Students of history know that your average libertarian has had trouble branding himself.
  • Rocco Buttiglione: It is False to be Gay

    10/29/2010 12:23:07 AM PDT · by 0beron · 14 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/28/2010 | Tancred
    Famous Italian politician and christian philosopher speaks clearly and has been reviled for that reason by Homosexual Groups. These speak of "racism" and of a "Taliban Party" Rome [kath.net] The former Italian Minister Rocco Buttiglione and President of the Christian Democrat Party UDC, had explained in an actual radio interview that homosexuality is immoral. Buttiglione was quoted: "I have nothing against him (By which he means Nichi Vendola, the new President o f the newly constructed Left Party "Sinistra Ecologia Liberta" and known homosexual ). On a political and social level I am against the discrimination of homosexuals, but morally...
  • The Libertarian Trend

    10/28/2010 9:53:49 AM PDT · by Sakity Yaks · 74 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 10/28/10 | David Boaz
    There's been lots of talk lately about a turn to the right in American politics. President Obama's declining poll numbers, the sharp rise in opposition to his health-care plan during 2009, the growth of the grass-roots Tea Party movement, and the polls predicting a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives all point to a resurgence of conservatism in the electorate. But as I noted last year, there are also trends in the direction of social tolerance these days. Some indeed have described current political trends as a libertarian resurgence. California voters are getting ready to vote on a marijuana...
  • Too many babies in buckets for pro-life libertarians

    10/23/2010 4:10:41 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 7 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | October 23, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    The Libertarian Party’s Michael J Labno who is running for the U.S. Senate also shares similar messages: “Unborn children are not given the right to life that other Americans enjoy.” As he sees it, “All persons are created—not simply born—equal and the 5th and 14th Amendments state that all persons shall not be denied the right to life without due process of law. Roe v Wade wrongfully ignores this right.”
  • Yes, Folks, We All Would Legislate Morality (Psst, Even You Libertarians)

    10/17/2010 2:58:42 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 257 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 17, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Really, I must be a glutton for punishment. Over the past couple of weeks, I wrote two articles on libertarianism and made the point that for a law to be just, it must have a basis in morality. These commentaries evoked quite a response, ranging from lauding me as brilliant to lambasting me for not having two brain cells to rub together. And the negative responses were most notable. For daring to mention morality and law in the same breath, some implied I was like the Taliban, one respondent called me a "neoconservative," and a blogger said I was a...
  • Libertarianism's folly, Part Two

    10/14/2010 7:26:49 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 13, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    In a piece I recently wrote about the dangers inherent in libertarianism, I pointed out that libertarians, by applying their live-and-let-live philosophy to the moral sphere as well as the governmental, do nothing to maintain the societal moral framework that enables people to govern themselves from within and that ensures Big Brother won't have to do so from without (I recommend you read the piece). Not surprisingly, this provoked some angry responses and fallacious counter-arguments. This article is my response to them. I will start with the one thing that characterizes libertarians as much as anything else: a misunderstanding about...
  • What Libertarians Misunderstand

    10/11/2010 9:55:48 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 10, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Recently, in a piece about the dangers inherent in libertarianism, I pointed out that libertarians, by applying their live-and-let-live philosophy to the moral sphere as well as the governmental, do nothing to maintain the societal moral framework that enables people to govern themselves from within and that ensures that Big Brother won't have to do so from without. (I recommend you read the piece.) Not surprisingly, this provoked some angry responses and fallacious counter-arguments. This article is my response to them. I will start with the one thing that characterizes libertarians as much as anything else: a misunderstanding about the...
  • Libertarianism's Folly: When 'Live and Let Live' Fails

    10/03/2010 6:22:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 123 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 03, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    While there was a time when I might have described myself as a libertarian, those days are long gone. In fact, I don't even call myself a conservative anymore. Oh, don't get me wrong -- I agree with libertarians on many issues, and their governmental model is vastly preferable to what liberals have visited upon us. Yet there is a problem: However valid their vision of government may be, their vision of society renders it unattainable. Thomas Jefferson once said, "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no...
  • Stop stealing my retread ZOT!

    09/09/2010 1:28:10 PM PDT · by MrShine · 1,802 replies
    SmallGovTimes ^ | 9/8/10 | John Jay Myers
    Originally the message of the Tea Party seemed clear “Less taxes and spending”. Simple enough, Right? Somehow they have gotten distracted. Very, very distracted. I know that all Tea Parties and their participants are different, so it is not fair for me to throw them all under the bus. So for those who are distracted; let me attempt to recapture your attention. You wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of breaking glass, when you stumble out of your bed into the living room you find a man standing there with your TV in his arms....
  • America's Defeat in Iraq

    09/01/2010 3:21:17 PM PDT · by Zanton · 39 replies
    It was called Operation Iraqi Freedom but it should have been called Operation Iraqi Self-Rule. "Autonomy" and "self-rule" are the political values which largely dominate the US and the world. Certainly more so than "democracy." And almost infinitely more so than "liberty." After over 7 years, $700 billion, and 4000 killed, a fairly-bad, socialist, shariaist dictatorship (headed by Saddam) was replaced by a moderately superior one (headed by Maliki). Was this death-agony of effort worth it? Did this unending exercise in nation-building and self-sacrifice profit us? Consider all the resultant violations of civil liberties at home, and support for friendly...
  • Joe Joins The Food Police

    08/31/2010 6:42:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Ron Paul were dead, he'd be turning over in his grave . . . Joe Scarborough casts himself as a conservative with a libertarian bent. Earlier this year, he listed Ron Paul as one of the people he admires, because of Texan's devotion to "championing less government." But at least when it comes to counting calories, Joe has volunteered for the ranks of Mika's Nanny State Food Police. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough declared that he favors forcing all restaurants to put calorie counts on their menus. Joe was responding to Mika's report that, under the umbrella of ObamaCare,...
  • I am Done With Glenn Beck! He is now boring, idiotic, and not conservative.

    08/23/2010 8:52:45 AM PDT · by big black dog · 140 replies · 2+ views
    When Glenn Beck came to Fox News his show was brilliant and a can’t miss program that was interesting, creative, and a real threat to Obama and the Liberals. During the past year and half is show has steadily declined since it began and has now become completely unwatchable. For his first 6 months I never missed a episode and now I could care less about Beck. There are many reasons I lost interest in Beck and no longer watch and listen to him. Glenn Beck is not a conservative and both his TV show and radio show have become...
  • Libertarian Politics in the Media

    08/16/2010 7:06:36 AM PDT · by detritus · 5 replies
    Cato ^ | 8/12/10 | David Boaz
    Peter Wallsten of the Wall Street Journal writes, "Libertarianism is enjoying a recent renaissance in the Republican Party." He cites Ron Paul's winning the presidential straw poll earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Rand Paul's upset victory in the Kentucky senatorial primary, and former governor Gary Johnson's evident interest in a libertarian-leaning presidential campaign. Johnson tells Wallsten in an interview that he'll campaign on spending cuts — including military spending, on entitlements reform, and on a rational approach to drug policy. Meanwhile, on the same day, Rand Paul had a major op-ed in USA Today discussing whether...
  • Red Meat Libertarians for Capital Punishment

    07/15/2010 7:55:00 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 11 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsREal Blog ^ | July 15, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    The libertarian Murray N. Rothbard (1926–1995) wore many hats. Economist. Economic historian. Libertarian political philosopher. Dean of the Austrian School. Capital punishment advocate. “Capital punishment advocate”? Yes that’s right. Capital punishment advocate. This week, one of his old articles has resurfaced online, “The Libertarian Position on Capital Punishment” (originally “The Plumb Line: The Capital Punishment Question” in the Libertarian Review, Vol. 7, No. 5, June 1978, pp. 13–14). Here Rothbard states: The liberal thesis that capital punishment is brutal because it condones murder is fallacious because it takes the isolated act of killing the murderer out of context: the context...
  • Freedom, Virtue, and the State

    07/13/2010 8:08:58 PM PDT · by Delacon · 6 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | Sept. 10, 1963 | William F. Rickenbacker
      As the discussion of individual liberty and civil order enters its 2,363rd year, the forum welcomes a new voice, pleading for definition, definition. In the September 11, 1962 issue of National Review an essay of signal importance was published under the title, “Freedom or Virtue?” Written with the grace and knowledge typical of all of Brent Bozell's work, the essay mounted an attack on the “fusionist” efforts of Frank Meyer and Stanton Evans, in effect affirming that there can be no peaceful coexistence of the “libertarians” and the “traditionalists” among conservatives. First, let’s take a moment to review Mr....
  • Libertarianism Fails against Illegal Immigration (John Stossel's Doctrinaire Libertarianism)

    07/13/2010 2:13:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Cross Walk ^ | 07/13/2010 | Dr. Mark Hendrickson, Grove City College
    Recently, Bill O'Reilly interviewed John Stossel about the dangerous situation along Arizona's porous border with Mexico. Stossel is probably my favorite reporter. I admire the way he demolishes popular myths, particularly economic myths. However, on the topic of how to deal with waves of illegals (some of them perpetrators of violent crime) in Arizona, his remarks were perplexing. Stossel's arguments showcased "doctrinaire libertarianism"—defined here as the rigid belief that government is always the greater evil. Essentially, though by no means condoning crime, Stossel was more willing to tolerate illegal aliens imposing murder, mayhem, and an oppressive sense of danger on...