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  • Another Reason Why Decent and Moral People Are Libertarians

    10/27/2014 4:28:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t particularly care how people vote, but I do care whether they believe in freedom.That’s why I periodically share stories that should convince everyone to believe in the libertarian philosophy of small government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.The stories that get me most agitated are the ones that involve innocent people being robbed by bureaucrats.And when I say robbed, I use that word deliberately.Such as the case of an elderly couple who had their hotel stolen by government.Such as the case of the family grocer who had his bank account stolen by government.Such as when the government wanted to...
  • Trekonomics: Is Star Trek Really Anti-Libertarian?

    10/23/2014 6:11:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 22, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Reasons Nick Gillespie recently posted a list of the five most anti-libertarian television shows ever, and theres a serious error. Actually, there are two serious errors. The first, larger error is that Reason put together a list of the five best libertarian TV shows, and they left off Firefly, which simply boggles the mind. The smaller error is that Gillespie names Star Trek among the anti-libertarian shows. Even worse is the reason he gives: The Starship Enterprises adventures throughout the galaxy are supposedly guided by the Federations prime directive, which forbids humans from intervening in the domestic affairs of the...
  • National Service is Anti-Liberty and Un-American

    10/21/2014 3:43:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently called on the government to force young people to spend two years either "serving" in the military or performing some other type of government-directed "community service." Neoconservative Senator John McCain has introduced legislation creating a mandatory national service program very similar to Reich's proposal. It is not surprising that both a prominent progressive and a leading neocon would support mandatory national service, as this is an issue that has long united authoritarians on the left and right. Proponents of national service claim that young people have a moral obligation to give something...
  • Douglas Butzier, Libertarian Senate Candidate from Iowa, Dies in Plane Crash

    10/14/2014 10:59:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 59 replies
    reason.com ^ | 10/14/14 | Brian Doherty
    Sad news via Radio Iowa regarding the passing of Libertarian Party Senate candidate Douglas Butzier: The pilot who died in a plane crash near Dubuque late last night was the Libertarian candidate for Iowas U.S. Senate seat. The family of Douglas Butzier has confirmed Butzier was piloting the plane that crashed near the Dubuque Regional Airport at about 11 p.m. Monday. No one else was in the plane. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine plane took off from the Ankeny Regional Airport at about 10 p.m. and crashed at about 11 p.m., about a mile north of the...
  • Pennington endorses Libertarian candidate for governor

    10/04/2014 6:46:53 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 10 replies
    The Daily Citizen (Dalton, Georgia) ^ | October 4, 2014 | Staff and Wire Reports
    Former Dalton mayor David Pennington endorsed Andrew Hunt, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, on Friday, calling him the only true limited government candidate in the race. Pennington lost a bid to replace Gov. Nathan Deal as the Republican nominee in the May primary. Pennington said he wouldnt tell anyone else how to vote but decided to back Hunt based on his approach to taxes and fiscal policy. Hunt, the former CEO of an Atlanta nanotechnology firm, is in the race against Deal and Democrat Jason Carter. When Andrew came out for true tax reform led by an income...
  • Meet Chad Grimm: Illinois Libertarian gubernatorial candidate, better choice than Quinn and Rauner!

    10/01/2014 8:36:20 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 48 replies
    WGN TV ^ | October 1, 2014 | Steelers6
    In the race for governor, its not just Republican versus Democrat theres a new voice trying to elbow in. WGNs Courtney Gousman talks to the Libertarian candidate fighting for your vote in November, Chad Grimm.
  • The Neocon Moment

    10/01/2014 11:12:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Commentary ^ | October 1, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    If I were a libertarian, Id want my money back. No less an authority than the New York Times proclaimed the dawn of a libertarian moment, and the moment lasted a single month. There was no time to savor it. On August 7, when the journalist Robert Draper aired libertarians views favorably in a cover story in the papers Sunday magazine, advocates of a noninterventionist foreign policy surely felt vindicated. Draper declared that America was abandoning its role as guarantor of international security and embracing same-sex marriage and pot. No longer would the electorate be limited to Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Koch Foundation to College: Well Give You Millionsif You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

    09/29/2014 11:33:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/29/2014 | Dave Levinthal
    In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State Universitys economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller. Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairmaneven though he told his wife hed step down in 2009 after...
  • Two Anti-Choice Parties

    09/24/2014 5:07:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2014 | John Stossel
    Democrats often call themselves "pro-choice." Republicans defend "freedom." Unfortunately, neither party really believes in letting individuals do what we want. When Democrats say they are "pro-choice," they are talking about abortion. Some act as if a right to legal abortion is the most important freedom in America. But Democrats aren't very enthusiastic about other kinds of choice. They don't want you to have the right to choose your kids' school, work without joining a union, buy a gun, pay people whatever you contract to pay them if they choose to work for you, buy things you want to buy without...
  • Hagan lead steady at 4 points

    09/20/2014 12:28:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 16, 2014
    PPP's newest North Carolina Senate poll finds the race steady compared to a month ago. Kay Hagan continues to lead by 4 points, with 44% to 40% for Thom Tillis and 5% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Haugh's impact on the race is waning- since June his support has dropped from 11% now down to this 5% standing. He's also no longer disproportionately drawing supporters away from Tillis- when Haugh's supporters are reallocated to who they would choose between Hagan and Tillis, Hagan continues to hold a 4 point lead at 46/42.
  • Targeting Libertarians with Clever Humorand Not-So-Clever Humor

    09/15/2014 8:33:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 153 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Im very depressed that my beloved Georgia Bulldogs lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks. So instead of writing about a serious topic, were going to enjoy some laughs today by reviewing some new anti-libertarian humor. Im a libertarian, of course, as are all decent and humane people.But I appreciate clever humor, even when Im the target. This video about Somalia being a libertarian paradise, for instance, is an excellent example of political satire. It takes a stereotype and milks it for some great laughs.I also have to tip my proverbial hat to the person who put together this image of...
  • Rand Paul to civilized Islam: Step up

    09/11/2014 10:04:19 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/10/2014 | By LUCY MCCALMONT
    Sen. Rand Paul said President Barack Obama made one important point in his remarks on Wednesday saying that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was neither Islamic nor a state, but questioned the constitutionality of the presidents strategy. Ultimately, civilized Islam will have to step up. We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves, Im all in for saying we have to combat ISIS, Paul said Wednesday on Hannity. So I think it is important not only for the American public but for the world and for the Islamic world to point out that this...
  • The Surprising Rise of the Hispanic Millennial Libertarian

    09/08/2014 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Rachel Burger
    Libertarianism isn’t confined to caucasians anymore. The Pew Research Center recently released a study on who in America describes themselves as libertarian while being able to accurately identify what the label actually means. Of the total demographic, 12 percent of respondents who identified as libertarian were white, unsurprisingly the largest demographic population. However, Hispanics self-identified as libertarian at almost the same rate, 11 percent. By comparison, only three percent of blacks fell into the same category (other demographics were not included in the final results). Libertarians also tend to be young; Millennials are the largest group of libertarians, with the...
  • Is Durbin in Danger?

    09/07/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/7/14 | Bruce Walker
    As Republicans contemplate the possible size of their November victory, outlier races may get interesting. Scott Brown, a few weeks ago considered certain to lose, may well win in New Hampshire. Most folks would not have thought that Republican Terri Land had a chance in a blue state like Michigan, but she continues to run close to Peters in the race. Al Franken also cannot pull away in his re-election fight, and all the polls show that race tightening. Surely the trophy in any general election is for one party to knock off a legislative leader of the other party....
  • 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 Irans nuclear capabilities. We know that Iran would create access for terrorists access for them to these nuclear weapons, making the Middle...
  • 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...
  • Will the Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up?

    09/06/2014 10:24:11 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | September 05, 2014 | RICK SANTORUM
    The Kentucky senator is trying to tell us he’s not an isolationist. That dog won’t hunt.Rand Paul insists he’s not an “isolationist.” Writing this week in TIME, he says, “I look at the world, and consider war, realistically and constitutionally.”But in reality, the Kentucky senator has advanced a brand of neo-isolationism and appeasement that is as short-sighted as it mistaken. Despite his recent, and frantic efforts to recast himself as not completely ridiculous on national security issues, the truth is his record often puts him in league with Barack Obama—or even to the president’s left. Anyone who truly cares about...
  • Has Rand Paul changed his position on Islamic terror? He Presents a Startingly Hawkish View on ISIS

    09/04/2014 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/04/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Over the weekend, Rand Paul said something entirely out of character for him, and as Aaron Blake of the Washington Post commented, “almost nobody noticed.” "If I were president, I would call a joint session of Congress," Paul told the AP. "I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily." The quote didn't really make the rounds and was buried deep in the AP story, but it's a pretty telling little nugget. Why? Because, to date, it's one of the most hawkish things that any potential...
  • Grover Norquist yes, that Grover Norquist makes new friends at Burning Man

    08/30/2014 7:21:01 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    The GOP just keeps getting weirder.
  • Libertarians and the Church

    08/30/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 42 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 30 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have argued before that, in their fullest, libertarianism and Catholicism are incompatible -- but to what degree are they so? Leaders of the libertarian movement have certainly said silly, anti-Catholic things. Ludwig von Mises, for example, compared Christ to the Bolshevists and also said, "..[I]t is the resistance which the Church has offered to the spread of liberal ideas which has prepared the soil for the destructive resentment of modern socialist thought" (Socialism, Chapter 29). Translation: opposition to liberalism of one stripe must be blamed for inspiring liberalism of another. Huh? Much of the conflict between libertarians and the...
  • David Cameron may be about to call time on the coalitions civil libertarian stance

    08/30/2014 2:31:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Spectator UK ^ | August 29, 2014 | Isabel Hardman
    It was not so much the announcements that David Cameron made in his press conference about the terror threat to the UK that were significant, but what he looks like hes going to have to announce on Monday. The Prime Minister confirmed that the threat level to the UK has been raised from substantial to severe. But he also said that on Monday he will be unveiling new measures to address gaps in the UKs armoury: [SNIP] Those gaps wont just cover passports, though. Labour is calling on the government to look again at its decision to scrap control orders....
  • The Obama-Lite Side of Rand Paul - Remaking the GOP as a left-leaning party?

    08/28/2014 3:25:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    The target was Hillary Clinton. Calling the famously liberal former Secretary of State a war hawk, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) added in a recent Meet the Press appearance: You know what? We are tired of war. Were worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because shes so gung-ho. ADVERTISEMENT One has to wonder. Was Rand Pauls real target Hillary Clinton? Whom he correctly blames for the Benghazi fiasco? Or was it, as it strikes Ronald Reagan? Not to mention conservatism and the timeless idea of what Reagan termed peace through strength. Reagans formulation long...
  • Rand Paul's Obscene Pandering on Ferguson Should Sink his Chances for 2016

    08/26/2014 12:06:41 PM PDT · by Stepan12 · 38 replies
    Grasstops USA ^ | August 25, 2014 | Don Feder
    Just as Hillary's "What difference at this point does it make" remark about Benghazi during a Congressional hearing will come back to haunt her, Rand Paul's politically correct spasm over Ferguson (his August 14 essay in Time Magazine) should preclude the possibility of Son of Ron getting anywhere near the GOP nomination in 2016. When the left starts swooning over a Republican, it's a dead-giveaway. A posting on the Washington Post's politics blog gushes, "Rand Paul's (Time) op-ed on Ferguson shows why he is the most interesting voice in the GOP right now." In this context, translate "interesting voice" as...
  • Why Rand Paul Should Not be Given GOP Nomination

    08/25/2014 4:12:21 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 54 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 25, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is an intriguing figure on many counts. As Americans and as conservatives we owe the Senator heartfelt thanks and applause for bringing vital issues of privacy and governmental overreach to forefront of the national debate. He, better than most Republicans, has been able to reach out beyond the tradition party base, specifically among black, libertarian and younger voters. However, his continued insistence of playing the role of "dove" on foreign policy renders him unqualified to be our Commander-in-Chief and therefore Rand Paul should not be given the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination. In comments made...
  • Libertarians, Ferguson, and "Racism"

    08/25/2014 9:46:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    In the wake of the shooting death of a young black man by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer, it is to no ones surprise that the usual suspects on the left are screaming racism from the rooftops. Infinitely more disturbing for the lover of liberty is that ever growing legions of libertarians are regurgitating this same talking point. Moreover, the libertarians obsession with the State has endowed him with boundless sympathy for the hordes of violent black criminals that have been violating every principle that he claims to hold sacred while attributing the assault against civilization on display in...
  • why the Libertarian Party Fails

    08/21/2014 8:34:41 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 17 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | August 14, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Many in Americas freedom movement still hope that the Libertarian Party will one day become a power on the political scene to challenge the Democrat-Republican monolith. But in 42 years it hasnt happened, and it probably wont happen. There are some very distinct reasons why the LP and all other alternative / independent parties fail. This essay will examine them. Lets take, for example, the top independent parties out there: the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. Even though each of them haveappeared at times to be a start toward genuine political reform, they repeatedly fail because they have structured...
  • The Truth About Libertarians, Police and Ferguson's Fury

    08/20/2014 1:24:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2014 | John Stossel
    Libertarians warned for years that government is force, that government always grows and that Americas 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.
  • Must Conservatives Be Cop Lovers? Rand Paul Challenges Fellow Republicans to Rethink

    08/20/2014 10:21:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rand Paul became known as that crazy right-winger who expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But in the past two years, the Kentucky Republican has emerged as his party's most passionate voice on criminal justice reform, explicitly decrying the system's disproportionate impact on African Americans. You might assume that Paul, widely seen as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is trying to redeem himself with black voters who were alienated by his criticism of the Civil Rights Act. Yet both positions spring from the same wariness of state...
  • Big Government Equals Big Beatings

    08/20/2014 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Autry J. Pruitt
    The events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, represent why every single black American should, without equivocation, reject the big government view of America. Without doubt, the savior of the African American community will not be any government, neither local nor state nor federal, nor will that savior be anyone within that particular government who shares our pigmentation. In truth, big government is the primary cause of the psychological scars and emotional pain so deeply rooted within the African American community today. History is clear on this point. It was big government that allowed slavery to exist in this nation until we...
  • 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...
  • Schlafly: Faulty Ideas About Marriage

    08/19/2014 11:10:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 19, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Political junkies will remember how former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was being groomed to run for president in 2012 before he made his foolish statement that the next president should "call a truce on the so-called social issues." Americans do not want a leader who is unable or unwilling to articulate and lead on important social issues. Four years after the Daniels misstep, many have failed to learn that lesson. The New York Times has proclaimed the "libertarian moment" has arrived, by which they seem to mean libertarian ideas about marriage and the family. We hear people say the libertarian...
  • Heavy Metal: Why Ferguson has conservatives challenging military-style police

    08/19/2014 5:28:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 93 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | Howard Kurtz
    The images of police in riot gear armed with heavy weaponry and tanks has at times become the alarming backdrop for the Ferguson story, with pictures that television cant resist.
  • The Government In Ferguson Tried Respecting Civil Liberties, Guess What Happened?

    08/15/2014 2:08:15 PM PDT · by bamahead · 88 replies
    Liberty Viral ^ | August 15, 2014
    A stunning change happened overnight in Ferguson, Missouri after the government took a different approach to peoples civil liberties in the area. Gone were the SWAT trucks and snipers. Gone were the riot shields and militaristic outfits. Gone was the hostility. And guess what? Gone was the violence. Yesterday the Missouri Highway Patrol was given responsibility over the area. Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, who is a Ferguson native, marched in front of the crowd and set clear priorities for the marchers which respected their civil liberties. Governor Jay Nixon had vowed to take a different approach to the event,...
  • What Happens When Libertarian Fantasies Become Reality?

    08/10/2014 8:07:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    No, this post is not about that kind of fantasy. Instead, were dealing strictly with public policy and specifically addressing whether the libertarian agenda is unrealistic. This is because when I talk to people about libertarianism, they often will say something mildly supportive such as: I like the idea of getting government out of my wallet and out of my bedroom. But then the other shoe drops and they say something skeptical such as: But you folks are too idealistic in thinking the private sector can do everything. If you ask them to elaborate why libertarian ideas are fantasies, youll...
  • Libertarian folly: why everybody is a social-issues voter

    08/10/2014 2:37:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    Renew America ^ | 8-9-14 | Selwyn Duke
    There is this notion, one we hear more and more, that the Republican Party has to shed the social issues to seize the future. "Social issues are not the business of government!" says thoroughly modern millennial. It's a seductive cry, one repeated this past Tuesday in an article about how some young libertarians dubbed the "Liberty Kids" are taking over the moribund Los Angeles GOP. Oh, wouldn't the political landscape be simple if we could just boil things down to fiscal responsibility? But life is seldom simple. If you would claim to be purely fiscal, or assert that "social issues"...
  • The Man Who Wouldnt Be King: Rand Paul becomes an object of liberal curiosity

    08/08/2014 12:15:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 8, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Robert Drapers New York Times magazine piece, Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived? dutifully if rotely runs through the greatest hits: Kennedy was on MTV, Nick Gillespie wears black and quotes Jack Kerouac, people bring guns to PorcFest, David Koch exists, libertarians disagree about abortion, and Rand Paul is not the ideologue his father is. There are some notable false notes, too: Draper describes Glenn Beck as a partisan gunslinger when he is if anything the opposite, a man who believes that the Republicans have betrayed their own values and who pronounces himself done with them. Glenn Beck no longer...
  • Why I'm not a Libertarian

    08/04/2014 5:37:03 PM PDT · by chuckles · 152 replies
    vanity | 08/04/2014 | chuckles
    I'm 63 years old and in my lifetime, I have been political almost all of it. In my youth, the Viet Nam War was topic one, every day, all day. If you were against the war, you were a Democrat and for the war, a Republican. It was an easy line to see and pretty much lasted through Nixon into the Carter years. During Carter, we were reminded that the economy didn't have to remain bullet proof just because we were Americans. This is where I was intrigued by the fledgling libertarians that had the "pure" economic theory that was...
  • Libertarian Folly: Why Everybody is a Social-issues Voter

    08/07/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 242 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/07/2014 | Selwyn Duke
    There is this notion, one we hear more and more, that the Republican Party has to shed the social issues to seize the future. “Social issues are not the business of government!” says thoroughly modern millennial. It’s a seductive cry, one repeated this past Tuesday in an article about how some young libertarians dubbed the “Liberty Kids” are taking over the moribund Los Angeles GOP. Oh, wouldn’t the political landscape be simple if we could just boil things down to fiscal responsibility? But life is seldom simple.If you would claim to be purely fiscal, or assert that “social issues” should...
  • Libertarianism and Human Decency

    08/05/2014 10:27:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Some people confuse being libertarian with being libertine. Im sometimes asked, for instance, if Im a libertarian because I want to smoke pot or do other drugs. I respond that Ive never done drugs and have no desire to use drugs. Then Im asked if Im a libertarian because I want to gamble. I respond by saying that I dont gamble, even when Im in Las Vegas or some other place where its legal. Sometimes Im asked if Im libertarian because I want to use prostitutes. I respond by explaining that Id never patronize a prostitute because I want to...
  • End Torture, Shut Down the CIA

    07/29/2014 4:57:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Remember back in April, 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on 60 Minutes, angrily telling the program host, "we don't torture people"? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, "this government does not torture people"? We knew then it was not true because we had already seen the photos of Iraqis tortured at Abu Ghraib prison four years earlier. Still the US administration denied that torture was torture, preferring to call it "enhanced interrogation" and claiming that it had disrupted so many terrorist plots. Of course, we later found out that the CIA...
  • CEO of the US, politicians need NOT apply

    07/21/2014 1:31:21 PM PDT · by simka · 111 replies
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    We do not need Hillary or Warren or any career politician. We do not need another leader in debt to big business, financial backers or his party agenda. We do need someone truly independent of all political pressures, capable of resolving all the damage done to this country. The names that come to mind are Ben Carson, Mitt Romney and maybe Ted Cruz. What say you all?
  • Rand Paul Fires Back at Rick Perry

    07/15/2014 10:48:53 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/14/2014 | Alex Pappas
    FULL TITLE Rand Paul Fires Back at Rick Perry: ‘Apparently His New Glasses Haven’t Altered His Perception Of The World’ Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Monday fired back at fellow Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who accused Paul over the weekend of standing for “isolationist policies” that “would only endanger our national security.” “There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution,” Paul said. “But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.” The new foreign...
  • Self-described Liberal Millennials are Actually Libertarian

    07/14/2014 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 126 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    This week another Reason/Rupe poll came out, this one on the political leanings of my generation, the Millennials. One interesting thing to note for people concerned with how we vote is that a plurality of Millennials surveyed who described themselves as liberal express support for downright libertarian positions. Liberal, to many Millennials (33 percent), just means belief in social tolerance, openness, and personal freedom. And far from preferring a leviathan state, many Millennials said they were liberal because people should have freedom to do what they want in their personal lives without government interference. So how does that impact our...
  • A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom can only exist within limits

    07/04/2014 3:41:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/3/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Fourth of July in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, freedom from government that is not representative, andfreedom from unchecked power and unaccountable sovereigns.Yet as Christians, we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated, and detached from a proper biblical, Christian, or Natural Law context. Many modern concepts of freedom treat it as somewhat of an abstraction.Yes, many speak of freedom in the abstract and have a hard time nailing down the details. So lets talk about some of the details.Most people...
  • Colorado governor on pot legalization: 'It could've been a lot worse'

    07/02/2014 8:00:28 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    ASPEN, Colo. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is refusing to call the state's legalization of marijuana a success mostly because he says that would send a bad message to kids. "Talk about bad branding," Hickenlooper said during an interview with Yahoo News' Global Anchor Katie Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Tuesday, six months after recreational pot use in the state was legalized. "We don't want kids slipping off the rails." But the governor, who previously opposed legalization because he saw "so many risks," now readily admits that many of his fears surrounding the topic have gone unrealized:...
  • 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...
  • (Bleep) the Liberals

    06/29/2014 7:03:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    Flattus wrote: It's funny to watch Cons attempt to portray this disaster in Iraq as Obama's issue. Sorry, no sale. Thinking Americans know whose war this is. But it's not surprising to see you run from it.From Ron Paul's column today, referring to Necons:"They cannot admit they were wrong about the invasion being a cakewalk that would pay for itself, so they want to blame last week's events on the 2011 US withdrawal from Iraq. But the trouble started with the 2003 invasion itself, not the 2011 troop withdrawal. Anyone who understands cause and effect should understand this."-- Welcome Our...
  • Dick Cheney: Rand Paul Is Wrong On Foreign Policy

    06/22/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 167 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2014 | Hunter Walker
    ormer Vice President Dick Cheney fired back Sunday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized his position on Iraq. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Cheney argued Paul, who is widely seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, is an "isolationist" who doesn't understand the "absolutely essential" need for America to be involved in the Middle East. "Now, Rand Paul and — by my standards, as I look at his — his philosophy, is basically an isolationist. That didn't work in the 1930s, it sure as heck won't work in the aftermath of 9/11, when 19 guys armed with...
  • Senator Rand Paul's Imaginary Libertarian Immigrants

    06/20/2014 8:21:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/20/2014 | John T. Bennett
    Sen. Rand Paul has suddenly become aware of facts that do not exist.  “Immigrants are drawn to the magnet of free market capitalism here in the United States,” he wrote in an op-ed last week.However, over half of Hispanics are literally telling us that they reject “capitalism,” and the two largest immigrant groups (Hispanics and Asians) are voting overwhelmingly for the more anti-capitalist of the two major parties. A 2011 Pew poll asked, “[D]o you have a positive or negative reaction to the word… Capitalism [or] Socialism”?  Fifty-five percent of Hispanics reported having a "negative reaction" to the word “capitalism.”...
  • Teatopia - What if Tea Partiers controlled Congress and Rand Paul (Cruz..) was president?

    06/19/2014 1:01:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Slate ^ | June 18, 2014 | Reihan Salam
    [SNIP]"...Deep divisions notwithstanding, there are a number of principles that unite the movement. The most important of them is a devotion to subsidiarity, which holds that power should rest as close to ordinary people as possible. In practice, this leads Tea Party conservatives to favor voluntary cooperation among free individuals over local government, local government over state government, and state government over the federal government. Teatopia would in some respects look much like our own America, only the contrasts would be heightened. California and New York, with their dense populations and liberal electorates, would have even bigger state governments that...