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Libertarians

The LP on Immigration

Libertarians say: Let the immigrant children in In response to recent media reports about the increase in Latin American children seeking entry into the United States, Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark released this statement: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send…

What Pew’s Political Survey Didn’t Identify Plainly (Lots of Libertarians)

David Boaz at Cato reviews Pew’s recent political survey, and notices something about Pew’s description of ‘Young Outsiders’ – they’re libertarian, although Pew won’t say it. Here’s Pew’s description of that group: Young Outsiders share Republicans’ deep opposition to increased government spending on social programs. About three-quarters of Young Outsiders (76%) say the government can’t…

The Libertarianism of Gamers

Political operatives looking to explore gamers as a voting bloc should know that gamers are more likely to identify themselves as independent than non-gamers and also are less likely to identify as Republicans. Reason-Rupe PollWhen independent gamers are pushed to identify leanings, they are more likely to lean leftward to the Democrats. Mapping onto their…

“Nope, the GOP Still Isn’t Libertarian”

Indeed, as Harry Cheadle writes: Since the party’s 2012 defeat, there’s been a lot of talk in political publications about how to “fix” the GOP. Generally, writers have recommended that Republicans run candidates that have libertarian views on social issues so they can appeal to young people, which dovetails with an idea circulating in the…

Friday Poll: Libertarian v. Libertarian on the NSA Surveillance Scandal

One might think that all libertarians would be equally outraged over revelations (for some, long-suspected) of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance, but it’s not true. In the video below, libertarian John Stossel contends that the surveillance isn’t as troubling as other government actions, including the Drug War. In reply, libertarian Andrew Napolitano contends that…

Now More Than Ever

LIBERTY. It’s a simple idea, but it’s also the linchpin of a complex system of values and practices: justice, prosperity, responsibility, toleration, cooperation, and peace. Many people believe that liberty is the core political value of modern civilization itself, the one that gives substance and form to all the other values of social life. THEY’RE…

The conservatives’ wishful condescension

And yet they wonder why they keep losing elections: “To say that you want to jettison social conservatives in order to get an emerging demographic of young people is like saying, ‘Well, we lost a close game, so let’s bench our quarterback, who was the most valuable player and gained the most yards,’ ” says…

Randy Barnett on the ‘Libertarian Middle Way’

Writing in the Chapman Law Review, here’s Barnett’s thesis: Libertarianism is sometimes portrayed as radical and even extreme. In this Afterword to a symposium on “Libertarianism and the Law” in the Chapman Law Review, I explain why, though it may be radical, libertarianism is far from extreme in comparison with its principal alternatives: the social…

Q: Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?

Robert Draper, writing in the New York Times, asks that question. He offers a answer, too, although the GOP likely wont take the required remedy: Later that evening at a hotel bar, Anderson [a GOP pollster] pored over her notes. She seemed morbidly entranced, like a homicide detective gazing into a pool of freshly spilled…

Libertarians and Defensive War

Over at Bleeding Heart Libertarians, Fernando Teson contends (convincingly, I think) that libertarianism is concerned with a defense of self and others, but of persons as such and not the state. If so, the possible support for defenses of foreign persons increases: The distinction between defensive and offensive wars is misleading because it treats the…

Will a Libertarian Ever Lead the GOP?

Probably not: Given his [current RNC chair Priebus] performance and given the popular opinion that it is the social conservatism of the GOP that is having the greatest impact on its perception as a national party, it would only make sense that a libertarian Republican would be in a good position to challenge for national…