“Trump gets the nomination by appealing to the 30 percent [of GOP voters] who think the scourge of the Earth is Mexican immigration,” he added, unsympathetically. “I’m not making any claims that a Libertarian run is going to be any different than it was before, but if there were ever an opportunity, it is now.”
“The once-bright possibility of a left/right alliance against overpolicing and mass incarceration has dramatically dimmed, with Republicans who once seemed open to criminal justice reform instead talking in crisis terms about crime, riots, and the mythical “war on cops.” Similarly, it’s been just three years since a left/right alliance against the national security state seemed to be emerging, with not just Rand Paul but even Ted Cruz speaking out against NSA surveillance. The electorate was increasingly skeptical about military intervention abroad—for a brief period, a plurality even regretted the war in Afghanistan—and public pressure helped prevent (or at least delay) American intervention in Syria. But the rise of ISIS has revived the sense of crisis and pushed the GOP back toward the martial rhetoric we saw in the Bush era. Whether or not we’re living in a libertarian moment, we’re certainly living in a backlash moment….”
At least that’s what Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico who is currently vying for the Libertarian presidential nomination, is saying.
Recently asked for his opinion on the Trump candidacy, Johnson said: “[He]is no small-government conservative. As that reality sets in, more and more Republicans should, and hopefully will, take a serious look at the Libertarian candidate in November.”
In other words, Johnson believes that once the GOP’s honeymoon phase ends with Trump and Republicans begin seeing that his bluster lacks substance, conservative voters will look for another option.
….Taylor criticizes libertarians who complain about that and “reflexively” talk about “taxes and spending and regulation. Other things are important too, like war! War is the engine of the growth of the state. Hundreds of thousands of people die.”
All true. We libertarians should probably talk less about taxes and more about what we’d do about ISIS and how to help poor people without using government force.
But I won’t “soften” my arguments. I know they are right. After years watching liberal and conservative “solutions” fail, I know that limited government is the better way. We haven’t convinced today’s voters, but people aren’t endlessly foolish. If we keep fighting, maybe they will see the truth.
The movement began about 15 years ago when Yale grad student Jason Sorens wrote a paper discussing the idea of encouraging lots of libertarians to move to one state, in order to try to create a sort of libertarian model, which could inspire others. I.e., the goal was to show that libertarianism was feasible, and even desirable.
It was decided that they would aim to get pledges from 20,000 people to move to New Hampshire. Those who pledged would agree to move within 5 years after the 20,000 pledge total was reached. At the meeting I attended they announced that they had just achieved that pledge target.
Of course they are aware that not all 20,000 will actually move, and thus are continuing to accept pledges. The new goal is to get 20,000 people to actually move.
On February 12, the Libertarian Party of Illinois won a lawsuit filed in 2012 against a state law requiring that new parties run full slates of candidates.
According to court documents, Kasich successfully derailed his Libertarian Party competitor for governor in 2014 in order to clear his path of obstacles so he could win without worry, then launch his second bid for president.
“The Kasich Campaign, Borges, Schrimpf, Damschroder, the Governor’s staff and Casey from the very beginning were in constant contact about the protest,” wrote plaintiff attorneys for Libertarian Party of Ohio (LPO) candidate Charlie Earl in court documents. According to filings from Mark Brown and Mark G. Kafantaris, co-counsels for Charlie Earl,”They shared a common objective — to keep Earl off the ballot. Their minds had met; they acted together.”
The candidate seeded a generation of liberty-minded young people.
You can be a libertarian and a PRL since they’re theories that answer different questions. Libertarianism answers the question, “What institutional structures are good and just?” PRL answers the question, “How do we live on moral, peaceful terms with people who disagree with us about which institutions structures are good and just?”
Sometimes PRL and libertarianism conflict because libertarians often say they want to pursue establishing libertarianism without concern for non-libertarians who object. But in practice, libertarianism and PRL rarely conflict….
The show has its own version of Lex Luthor in the guise of Maxwell Lord (played by Peter Facinelli). Lord is a wealthy industrialist-inventor very much in the Tony Stark/Iron Man vein. He’s also a hardcore libertarian who could have stepped right out of an Ayn Rand novel—he built a high-speed train, apparently without government subsidies. He is deeply distrustful and critical of government, explaining early in the series that his scientist parents died while following government-approved safety procedures that turned out to be inadequate. He doesn’t trust Supergirl and doesn’t think people should rely on her to keep them safe (the television show is tied to the most recent Superman movie, and Lord takes note of the tremendous destruction Superman’s fighting caused in Metropolis).
This Guide covers a broad range of libertarian ideas in the realms of philosophy, history, economics, and political science. It’s a great starting point for anyone new to libertarianism, and a great jumping-off point for someone who knows a little and wants to learn more.
David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and author of The Libertarian Mind.
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